March 13, 1998
MALIBU, Calif. - The Purdue men's tennis team dropped a 5-2 decision to seventh-ranked Pepperdine in Malibu, Calif, today. The loss brings Purdue's record to 5-6 (1-1 Big Ten).
The Boilermakers entered the match seething from their 5-2 loss at UC-Irvine two days earlier, but could manage just two singles victories against the powerful Waves. Cris James, a junior who has stood out this spring for Purdue, rallied from a set down to collect a 6-7, 6-3, 6-2 victory over Brad Sceney at the No. 2 singles spot. Sceney is the 44th-ranked player in the nation.
Also winning for the Boilermakers was freshman Jason Marshall. Marshall picked up a win at the No. 4 spot after Masahide Sakamoto retired due to an ankle injury. Marshall led 5-4 in the first set when the match was called.
"We played a legitimate top-10 national level team today," said Purdue coach Tim Madden. "There's no comparison between this match and our last one against UC-Irvine. We had a good day to prepare and had a very good practice. The team, overall, competed at an extremely high level. We had a couple wins, and the rest was more positive than not."
The Boilermakers have one more chance to win in the Golden State before they return to West Lafayette. Purdue takes on UC-Santa Barbara tomorrow. The Gauchos are ranked 55th, while Purdue is 65th. "We're back on track," said Madden. "We're going to try to get a win here before we get out away from our spring trip."
1. Michael Jessup (PEP) def. Jamie Gordon (PUR) 6-1, 6-3
2. Cris James (PUR) def. Brad Sceney (PEP) 6-7, 6-3, 6-2
3. Eni Ghidirmic (PEP) def. Derek Myers (PUR) 6-2, 5-7, 6-1
4. Jason Marshall (PUR) def. Masahide Sakamoto (PEP) 5-4, inj. def.
5. Anthony Ross (PEP) def. Dan Swan (PUR) 6-2, 6-4
6. Kelly Gullett (PEP) def. Cade Lutz (PUR) 6-2, 6-3
1. Lindstedt/Sceney (PEP) def. James/Myers (PUR) 8-4
2. Gullett/Sakamoto (PEP) def. Gordon/Marshall (PUR) 8-6
3. Ghidirmic/John Lundquist (PEP) def. G.T. Cozad/Swan (PUR) 8-2