March 21, 1998
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind - The streak is over for the Purdue men's tennis team. The Boilermakers, who had lost three straight on their spring break trip to California, defeated Ball State 6-1 at the Lafayette Sports Center today to bring their record to 6-7 (1-1 Big Ten).
"We're back," said Purdue coach Tim Madden. "It's hard to lose three in a row and not be worried about getting back on track. But a very motivating and positive week of practice paid off." Madden mixed things up against the Cardinals. The Boiler boss switched Purdue's usual doubles partners and cameaway looking like a genius after the Old Gold and Black won all three doubles matches to claim the doubles point.
"By mixing up doubles they're learning to appreciate what they usually have," said Madden. "We got great production in doubles and that carried over to singles. We got on them early and never let them into the match."
Purdue went on to win five of six singles matches. Juniors Cris James and Derek Myers won in straight sets at the No. 2 and No. 3 positions, respectively, while rookie Jason Marshall picked up a victory at No. 4. Junior Cade Lutz was successful at No. 6, but it was the play of classmate Jamie Gordon which most impressed Madden. Gordon rallied from a set down to knock off 41st-ranked Bryan Smith 3-6, 6-1, 7-5.
"The player of the day was Jamie Gordon," said Madden. "Bryan Smith is a very good player, so this is a huge win for Jamie. He was down but he never quit."
The Boilermakers get back to Big Ten Conference action when they play at Penn State on April 5.
SINGLES 1. Jamie Gordon (PU) def. Bryan Smith (BSU) 3-6, 6-1, 7-5 2. Cris James (PU) def. Patrick Vizzone (BSU) 6-1, 6-0 3. Derek Myers (PU) def. Kevin Donovan (BSU) 6-3, 7-5 4. Jason Marshall (PU) def. Ryan Baxter (BSU) 7-5, 6-1 5. Juan Fernandez (BSU) def. Dan Swan (PU) 6-1, 6-2 6. Cade Lutz (PU) def. J.D. Hall (BSU) 6-1, 6-1 DOUBLES 1. James/Marshall (PU) def. Smith/Vizzone (BSU) 8-2 2. Myers/Swan (PU) def. Donovan/Rafael Domenech (BSU) 8-6 3. Cozad/Gordon (PU) def. Hall/Fernandez (BSU) 8-5 Purdue 6, Ball State 1