Closing the weekend road trip north, the Purdue men's tennis team dropped a heartbreaker to the Gophers late on April 18. The Boilers, now 10-9 on the year and 5-3 in the Big Ten, jumped ahead early by winning the doubles point and pushed half of the singles matches to three sets, but dropped the match 4-3.
"It was as close a tennis match as you can have," Purdue coach Tim Madden said.
In doubles action, Purdue's No. 2 team of junior Jamie Gordon and freshman Jason Marshall worked a three-set marathon to pick up the victory over Jorge Duenas and Tyson Parry. The Boilers won the match by a score of 18-16.
Heading into the last thee singles matches, Purdue was ahead 3-1, but came up short. Gordon stepped into the No. 1 singles spot his unbeaten, Big Ten streak at 7 was snapped with a 6-1, 2-6, 6-3 loss to Tom Chicoine. Junior Cris James continued on his winning track by picking up a victory over Adam Selkirk 6-4, 6-2. The Boilers 3, 5 and 6 singles players lost, giving the edge to Minnesota. Dan Swan, a freshman, pushed the deciding match to a third-set tiebreaker with Martin Kristoffersen, but closed the day with a 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 score.
"We will use this as a motivator with one weekend to go until the Big Ten tournament," Madden said.
Purdue will close the Big Ten regular season on April 25 and 26 with matches at Michigan State and Michigan.
Minnesota 4, Purdue 3
SINGLES 1. Tom Chicone (MN) def. Jamie Gordon (PU) 6-1, 2-6, 6-3 2. Cris James (PU) def. Adam Selkirk (MN) 6-4, 6-2 3. Martin Michalowski (MN) def. Derek Myers (PU) 7-6, 6-2 4. Jason Marshall (PU) def. Jorge Duenas (MN) 6-4, 6-3 5. Martin Kristoffersen def. Dan Swan (PU) 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 6. Tyson Parry (MN) def. Cade Lutz (PU) 6-1, 6-4
DOUBLES 1. James/Myers (PU) def. Chicone/Michalowski 8-4 2. Gordon/Marshall (PU) def. Duenes/ Parry (MN) 18-16 3. Selkirk/Svensson (MN) def. G.T. Cozad/Swan 8-2