May 19, 1997
Purdue Reaches New Heights in 1997
RECORD: Purdue ends the season with a record of 18-7. The
Boilermakers made their first-ever team appearance in the NCAA
Tournament at the Regionals in Champaign on May 9. The
Boilermakers are ranked 48th in the Rolex Collegiate Tennis
BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIPS: The Purdue men's tennis team lost in
the first round of the NCAA Regionals in Champaign, Ill., 4-1 to
Minnesota. Purdue, the fourth-seed, could not overcome the
fifth-seeded Golden Gophers on a cold and windy Friday at Atkins
Tennis Center. The Boilermakers' lone point came on the
doubles point to open the match. After sophomore Cris James and
Derek Myers lost to Lars Hjarrand and Ben Gabler 8-6 at No. 1,
Purdue's No. 2 team of Jamie Gordon and Jerad Harbaugh defeated
Tom Chicoine and Martin Kristofferson 8-4. In the final match, No.
3, senior Bryan Harris and Jason Smith battled Martin Michaelowski
and Robin Rutili. Down 7-6 in the match, Harris held serve over
seven deuces to win serve. The duo then broke Rutili's serve, and
Smith fought back from a 15-40 deficit to win his serve and the
The euphoria of the doubles point was short lived as Minnesota
regrouped and used the wind to their advantage in winning four
straight singles matches. Only senior Greg Wessenberg was leading
his match for the Boilermakers when play was suspended.
MADDEN'S RECORD: Head coach Tim Madden is in his third
season as coach of the Boilermakers. He has posted a record of
43-31 at Purdue and a 77-52 overall record.
TWO BOILERS NAMED ALL-BIG TEN: Two Boilermakers were named
to the All-Big Ten team. Sophomores Jamie Gordon and Cris James,
who played Nos. 1-2 for Purdue, were chosen for leading the
Boilermakers to a second-place regular season finish in the
conference. Gordon and James posted respective slates of 6-4 and
4-5 against Big Ten foes during the regular dual match season.
Gordon posted a 24-19 record in singles and 17-10 in doubles with
freshman Jerad Harbaugh. James compiled a 24-17 singles mark with
a 33-16 doubles record with Derek Myers. James and Myers are
ranked second regionally and 26th nationally in doubles. During
the regular season, they were 10-0 against Big Ten opponents.
JAMES/MYERS AT NCAA'S: While the rest of the team is
finished for the season, the doubles team of Cris James and Derek
Myers, both sophomores, again qualified for the NCAA Doubles
Championships, to be held in Los Angeles on May 22-25. Last
season, the tandem defeated Ornello Arlati and Nick Williams of
Washington 7-5, 7-6 (8) in the first round, before falling to the
eventual runners-up in Ashley Fisher and Jason Weir-Smith of Texas
Christian, 6-4, 6-3.
QUOTING HEAD COACH TIM MADDEN: "Minnesota outplayed us at
the NCAA Regionals. They played below expectations all season, but
they played well in the tournament, as they demonstrated in
beating top-seeded Notre Dame. Minnesota showed the toughness of
having been to the tournament before and we didn't. We can't be
down, though, because we just had one bad day, but a very good
season. "Cris and Derek are focused and have prepared for the
NCAA's. They have led us to being a national caliber team.
Hopefully, they can win a couple of matches and put us on the
right foot heading into next season.
"This year's team had great chemistry. We will miss Greg, Bryan,
Jason and Scott for what they brought to this team on and off the
court. Wess had a toughness from which everyone learned. "I
look forward to next season and building on what we've done the
last couple of years. We have a couple of players (Jason Marshall
and Dan Swan) coming in that will immediately contribute."