Gordon Falls in Third Round
Boilers complete indoors tennis competition
Jan. 25, 1998
EAST LANSING, Mich.- Jamie Gordon, Purdue's top men's tennis player, lost to Minnesota's Martin Michalowski 6-4, 6-4 in the third round of the Big Ten Indoors Singles Championships today in East Lansing, Mich. Gordon, a junior, was the Boilermakers' last remaining player in the main draw. He defeated Marc Dorfman of Penn State amd Jeff Malik of Wisconsin in the first and second rounds, respectively.
Though Gordon was the final Purdue representative in the main draw, a trio of Boilermakers competed in the backdraw with much success. Junior Cris James won four matches, concluding with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Ryan Johnstone of Iowa. Freshman Jason Marshall, who lost a hard-fought first round match to second-seeded Oliver Freelove of Illinois 6-1, 2-6, 6-0 responded with four straight wins, finally defeating Jake Wilson of Iowa 6-1, 6-3 in his last match. Senior Steve Brizendine fell 7-6, 7-5 to Michigan State's Chris Struck in his final back draw match.
Junior transfer Cade Lutz won two matches in the back of the No. 7 and No. 8 singles draw. The first was over Iowa's Justin Pohn 6-7, 6-4, 7-5, followed by a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Ed Marques of of Minnesota. Rookie Dan Swan won his only match against Derek DeFalco of Ohio State 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 before defaulting due to soreness in his elbow.
"The highlight of the weekend was our freshmen," Purdue coach Tim Madden said. "Jason got a lot of respect around the conference with his play against Freelove and throughout the back draw. Dan played well after coming off elbow surgery during the break. This was his first true singles competition of his collegiate career, and he played tough."
Despite the fact that only one Boilermakers advanced through the main draw, Madden and the Boilermakers remain optimistic about the weekend and the future dual match schedule. "Our losses came to the best players in the conference for the most part, so I'm not too discouraged," said Madden. "We were looking for a lot more, obviously, but the important thing is that we improved with each match. We are very eager to get on with our dual match season."
The Boilermakers begin the dual match season at Florida against the ninth-ranked Gators on Jan. 31.