April 25, 1998
EAST LANSING, Mich.- The Purdue men's tennis team got back on the winning track with a 5-2 victory at Michigan State today. The Boilermakers improve to 11-9
(6-3 Big Ten) and remain in the hunt for a No. 3 seed in the Big Ten Championship tournament which will be held April 30-May 3 in Champaign, Ill.
"We took care of business," said Purdue coach Tim Madden. "This was a solid win over a solid team that we needed to get past. Hopefully it will give us momentum going into our last dual match at Michigan tomorrow."
The Boilermakers got on board first by winning the top two doubles matches in 9-8 tiebreakers to earn the doubles point. "We outworked them in doubles," said Madden, "and that was a big key for the match."
Purdue carried that momentum into singles, where the Boilers picked up the three necessary wins and added a fourth for insurance in the victory. Junior Cris James won a three-set affair over Trey Eubanks at No. 1. Freshman Jason Marshall was a straight-set victor over Ken Kigongo at No. 4. Classmate Dan Swan and senior Steve Brizendine claimed straight-set wins at No. 5 and No. 6, respectively. Purdue plays at Michigan tomorrow in its regular season finale. The Wolverines are ranked 48th and are second in the conference standings. The Boilermakers defeated Michigan 4-3 in West Lafayette in 1997.
Purdue 5, Michigan State 2
SINGLES 1. Cris James (PU) def. Trey Eubanks (MSU) 7-6, 3-6, 6-4 2. Ivica Primorac (MSU) def. Jamie Gordon (PU) 7-6, 7-5 3. Chris Struck (MSU) def. Derek Myers (PU) 6-4, 6-4 4. Jason Marshall (PU) def. Ken Kigingo (MSU) 6-1, 6-4 5. Dan Swan (PU) def. Francisco Trinidad (MSU) 6-4, 7-6 6. Steve Brizendine (PU)def. Mark Jacobson (MSU) 6-4, 6-2
DOUBLES 1. James/Myers (PU) def. Struck/Eubanks (MSU) 9-8 2. Gordon/Marshall (PU) def. Primorac/Trinidad (MSU) 9-8 3. Kigongo/Mark Findling (MSU) def. Swan/G.T. Cozad (PU) 9-7