Gordon and James Earn All-Big Ten Honors for Men's Tennis
Both have been honored before.
May 5, 1998
Jamie Gordon and Cris James, both juniors on the Purdue men's tennis team, received All-Big Ten honors for their performances during the 1998 season. They are the 13th and 14th Boilermakers to have received this recognition. A total of 12 players from eight conference schools were recognized.
"This is a tremendous honor for Jamie and Cris," said Purdue coach Tim Madden. "They were both very instrumental in our success this year and are well-deserving of this recognition."
This marks the second consecutive year in which Gordon has made All-Big Ten. The Burlington, Ontario (Nelson H.S), native posted a record of 8-2 in conference action, splitting time at the No. 1 and No. 2 positions. In addition, Gordon went 8-1 at No. 2 doubles with freshman partner Jason Marshall (Dallas, Texas). Gordon netted two major victories in conference play this season. He downed eighth-ranked Alex Witt of Northwestern 6-1, 6-3 on Feb. 28, and 41st-ranked Oliver Freelove of Illinois 6-4, 6-4 on April 8. Gordon went 1-1 at the regular season-ending Big Ten Championship tournament in Champaign, Ill.
James is also a two-time All-Big Ten honoree. The Edmonton, Alberta (Ross Sheppard H.S.), product posted a 7-3 Big Ten record between the No. 1 and No. 2 positions. James earned a 7-1 conference mark at No. 1 doubles with classmate Derek Myers (Greenwood, Ind.). He won five singles matches in a row from April 10 to April 25, and closed out the Big Ten season winning nine consecutive doubles matches with Myers. James posted a 2-0 singles record and 3-0 doubles mark at the Big Ten tournament.
Purdue, which finished with a 14-10 record (9-4 Big Ten), placed third in the conference. That ties the Boilermakers' highest Big Ten finish ever (also 1945) since competition began in 1925. They will compete at the NCAA Regionals in South Bend, Ind., on May 15-17.