Jan. 11, 1997

Purdue's James and Myers Win Milwaukee Tennis Classic

MILWAUKEE -- Purdue sophomore tennis players Cris James and Derek Myers, seeded third in doubles, won the Milwaukee Tennis Classic, which was held over Jan. 8-10.

James and Myers, ranked 15th nationally, maneuvered their way through the 64 team draw five solid victories. James and Myers faced highly-regarded Paul Goldstein and Ryan Wolters of Stanford in the finals. The Boilermaker pair had defeated the Cardinal duo 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 in October at the Rolex All-Americans Championship in Austin, Texas. In the doubles final in Milwaukee, James and Myers once again took the first set 6-4, before relinquishing the second to Goldstein and Wolters 3-6. The third set was dominated by the Boilers by the tally of 6-2. Purdue defeated four prominent teams in the tournament and positioned themselves for a possible at-large bid for the ITA Indoor Nationals Feb. 6-9 in Dallas, Texas.

"This is a tournament that Cris and Derek, as well as Jamie (Gordon), went to on their own," said head coach Tim Madden. "All three of them played well. Cris and Derek winning another title at a national tournament is tremendous. They've taken it upon themselves to play unattached, and it is making them better players."

Purdue returns to the court as a team Jan. 25-27 at the Indoor Big Ten Singles Championships in Champaign, Ill.