College Park, Pa. - The Purdue men's tennis team dominated Penn State in Happy Valley today, defeating the Nittany Lions 6-1. The win evens Purdue's overall record at 7-7 and improves the Boilers to 2-1 in the Big Ten. Purdue got on board first by claiming the doubles point, with the No. 1 team of junior Cris James and freshman Jason Marshall, along with the No. 3 duo of sophomore G.T. Cozad and junior Jamie Gordon picking up 8-6v victories.
The Boilermakers carried the doubles momentum into singles, where they won five of six matches. Gordon, Marshall and freshman Dan Swan were all straight-set winners, while James and junior Derek Myers needed three sets for victories.
The decisive win was an important confidence booster for the Boilermakers who will face Big Ten foe Illinois, currently ranked third in the nation, in Champaign on April 8.
SINGLES 1. Cris James (PU) def. Mike Griesser (PSU) 6-7, 6-3, 6-2 2. Jamie Gordon (PU) def. Colin Smeeton (PSU) 7-5, 6-1 3. Derek Myers (PU) def. Marc Dorfman (PSU) 6-3, 6-7, 6-3 4. Jason Marshall (PU) def. Eric Meditz (PSU) 6-2, 6-4 5. Matt Nielsen (PSU) def. Tushaar Gautam (PU) 6-3, 6-2 6. Dan Swan (PU) def. Jeff Martini (PSU) 6-4, 6-4
DOUBLES 1. James/Marshall (PU) def. Griesser/Smeeton (PSU) 8-6 2. Meditz/Dorfman (PSU) def. Myers/Swan (PU) 8-6 3. Gordon/G.T. Cozad (PU) def. Martini/Damon Accardi (PSU) 8-6
Purdue 6, Penn State 1