Boilers Drop Opening Match at Ninth-Ranked Florida

No. 9 Florida too much for Boilermakers.

Jan. 31, 1998

The Purdue men's tennis team fell 6-1 at ninth-ranked Florida in its season opening dual match. Purdue entered the contest ranked 48th in the nation. Junior Cris James picked up the Boilermakers' lone singles victory. He defeated Jon Glover 6-3, 6-3 at the No. 2 position. James teamed with classmate Derek Myers for a doubles victory, as well. The dup knocked off the Gators' Glover-Overholser pair 9-7 in the No. 1 position. "Overall, I would say it's a good start for us because this was a very intense battle," said Purdue coach Tim Madden. Purdue matched up against Florida in an individual event last fall. That match saw the Boilers surprise the Gators by winning three singles contests, including an upset by Jamie Gordon of Florida's Justin O'Neal, the 10th-ranked player in the nation. "Because we did well against them in the fall, I think they made it a point to get charged up for this match," said Madden. "They had good fan support and the team was very energized, came after us and got the job done. But I think we learned a lot about what it takes to be a top 10 team. Hopefully that will stay with us and carry us through some tougher matches down the road." Purdue looks to even its record when it travels to Tampa to take on South Florida tomorrow at noon.