Men's Tennis Topples Hoosiers 6-1

Shoot for league win tommorrow.

April 10, 1998

The Purdue men's tennis team picked up its third Big Ten victory of the season when it defeated Indiana 6-1 at the Varsity Courts in West Lafayette today. The win brings Purdue's record to 8-8 (3-2 Big Ten). Indiana drops to 7-9 (2-4 Big Ten).

"We're very pleased with the results of this match," said Purdue coach Tim Madden. "Going into it we knew Indiana was going to be tough, but we were confident that our rigorous schedule had prepared us, and today's performance showed that it has. We came out with a lot of confidence in singles and doubles and showed a lot ofpoise and maturity. We've played against some of the best teams in the nation, and now we're seeing that experience pay off in the conference." The Boilermakers got things going in doubles by winning all three matches for the contest's first point. The 39th-ranked duo of juniors Cris James and Derek Myers won 8-5, and junior Jamie Gordon and freshman Jason Marshall teamed up for an 8-5 victory, as well. Sophomore G.T. Cozad and freshman Dan Swan closed it out with a hard-fought 9-8 win at No. 3.

Purdue's confidence from doubles carried into singles play where the Boilers rolled, winning five of six matches and four in straight sets. Gordon remained undefeated (5-0) in the Big Ten by downing IU's Derek Pope 6-3, 7-5 at the No. 1 singles position, while Myers, Marshall and Swan also picked up straight-set victories. James, who found himself down a set early, rallied for a 4-6, 7-6, 6-3 comeback win.

Purdue tries for its fourth league win when it hosts Ohio State tomorrow (April 11) at 11 a.m. on the Varsity Courts. The original start time for the match was 1 p.m., but it has since been changed.

Purdue 6, Indiana 1

SINGLES
1. Jamie Gordon (PU) def. Derek Pope (IU)          6-3, 7-5
2. Cris James (PU) def. Gabriel Montilla (IU)      4-6, 7-6, 6-3
3. Derek Myers (PU) def. Scott Lippitt (IU)        6-1, 6-2
4. Jason Marshall (PU) def. Andrew Held (IU)       6-3, 6-2
5. Dan Swan (PU) def. Ian Arons (IU)               6-2, 6-3
6. Paul Jacobson (IU) def. Tushaar Gautam (PU)     1-6, 6-4, 7-6 

DOUBLES 1. James/Myers (PU) def. Pope/Montilla (IU) 8-5 2. Gordon/Marshall (PU) def. Held/Lippitt (IU) 8-5 3. Swan/G.T. Cozad (PU) def. Brenden Storey/Ricardo Jordan (IU) 9-8