Feb. 21, 1998
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - The Purdue men's tennis team entered today's match with Notre Dame hungry for an upset, but left the court with a bitter taste in its mouth, as the 23rd-ranked Irish pulled out the 6-1 victory. Purdue is now 3-3 (1-0 Big Ten).
Purdue lost not for a lack of trying. Notre Dame won the singles point winning all three matches, and the Boilermakers entered singles play with their work cut out for them. Unfortunately, despite strong and inspiredplay throughout the lineup, junior Cris James could provide Purdue's only bright spot, as he knocked off Jakub Pietrowski 7-6, 6-7, 6-3 at the No. 2 position. This was James' sixth-straight dual match victory.
Two other Boilermakers, junior Derek Myers and sophomore Tushaar Gautam, pushed their matches to three sets before falling. Junior Jamie Gordon had the challenge of taking on 29th-ranked Ryan Sachire at the No. 1 spot, but dropped a 6-4, 6-3 decision. Freshmen Dan Swan and Jason Marshall both lost in straight sets.