LAFAYETTE, Ind., -- The Purdue men's tennis team moved to 4-4 with a relatively easy 6-1 victory over Butler Sunday at the Lafayette Sports Center. In his first match of the season at No. 1 singles, junior Chris James straight setted Shlomo Shemesh, 6-4, 6-2.
"This was a great win for Chris (James)," head coach Tim Madden said. "Shlomo Shemesh is won of the top players in the region and for Chris to handle (Shemesh) the way he did was encouraging."
The Boilermakers, coming off a 4-3 loss to No. 21 Northwestern on Saturday, played without No. 1 singles player Jamie Gordon and used three new doubles combinations. It did not seem to matter; however, Purdue dropped only two sets.
"We played very well on Saturday and we needed to come out and start strong," Madden said." For the most part, we did not do that, but I liked the way we were able to fight back and recover." The men'stennis team returns to action Saturday, March 7, at the Lafayette Sports Center versus Louisville.
1. Chris James (PU) def. Shlomo Shemesh (BU) 6-4, 6-2
2. Nate Schaffner (BU) def. Derek Myers (PU) 6-4, 6-4
3. Jason Marshall (PU) def. Greg Anderson (BU) 6-4, 6-4
4. Tushaar Gautam (PU) def. Juan Rodriguez (BU) 6-3, 6-1
5. Dan Swan (PU) def. Jascha Blobel (BU) 6-2, 6-2
6. Cade Lutz (PU) def. Jeff Albee (BU) 6-0, 6-0
1. Marshall/Myers (PU) def. Blobel/Schaffner (BU) 8-3
2. Cozad/James (PU) def. Anderson/Shemesh (BU) 8-5
3. Hays/Swan (PU) def. Johnson/Rodriguez (BU) 8-3