Men's Tennis Team Hosts Louisville

Purdue's No. 1 singles player returns.

March 6, 1998

The 48th-ranked Purdue men's tennis team will square off against Louisville on March 7 at the Lafayette Sports Center at 6p.m. The Boilers are coming off a 6-1 victory over Butler at home on March 1. The win moved Purdue to 4-4 on the season, 1-1 in the Big Ten. Louisville enters the match with a 9-2 record after most recently falling 5-2 to Kentucky. The Cardinals won their first six matches of the season. The Boilers won their 1997 match against Louisville 4-3.

Purdue will have No. 1 singles player Jamie Gordon back for competition. Gordon a junior, had to sit out the Butler match due to an NCAA rule that allows a player to compete in only 25 matches during the regular season. Classmate Cris James, who stepped in to fill Gordon's void against the Bulldogs, leads the Boilers with a 7-1 dual match record (6-1 at No. 2). Junior Derek Myers is Purdue's No. 3 singles player. Myers will look to boost his record to 4-3 with a win over the Cardinals. Purdue will also look to rookies Jason Marshall and Dan Swan, along with sophomore Tushaar Gautam, for singles victories.Swan is coming off two straight wins against Northwestern and Butler. Marshall and Gautam will compete for wins in the No. 4 and No. 5 slots, respectively.

The Boilers will also count on James and Myers, the 22nd-ranked team in the nation, for a doubles win, while Gordon and Marshall and Swan and sophomore G.T. Cozad, will also look for victories. According to Purdue coach Tim Madden, keys to a Boiler win will be a victory by Gordon over Louisville's Michael Mather, who is currently 8-1 in the No. 1 spot this season, along with the extra point advantage in doubles.

"I think it comes down to building confidence with leadership," says Madden. "They're a solid national level team with their top player doing very well. Jamie Gordon is our top singles player and he is having a very good year, coming off a big win over Alex Witt (of Northwestern, 6-1,6-3), who is a top ten nationally-ranked player. If we get the doubles point, along with the leadership that Jamie should provide, I think we'll have a great match."