May 3, 1998
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The riddle has been solved. The third-seeded Purdue men's tennis team defeated No. 4 seed Michigan 4-3 in the match to determine third place at the Big Ten Championship tournament in Champaign, Ill., today. The Boilermakers, who broke a 49-year losing streak to the Wolverines last season, have now won four straight against the Maize and Blue. More importantly, today's win lifts Purdue to a tie for its highest conference finish ever. The Boilers also placed third in the Big Ten in 1945.
"This is a tremendous accomplishment," said Purdue coach Tim Madden. "It was just a total team effort. I've had a lot of happy moments in tennis, as a player and a coach,but this tops them all. Today is the reason we do what we do. We were the best we could be." Purdue got off to a good start, as the teams of juniors Cris James and Derek Myers and junior Jamie Gordon and freshman Jason Marshall contributed doubles wins, putting the Boilers ahead 1-0.
Gordon and James added straight-set victories in singles, as well, but the Wolverines countered with three wins of their own to tie the score at 3-3.
With the outcome of the match at stake, sophomore Cade Lutz came through with a 3-6, 6-2, 7-5 come-from-behind win over John Long to lift the Boilers to victory.
"This team is flying high right now," said Madden. "We're going to continue to keep accelerating so we can get Purdue's highest finish ever in NCAA's."
The Boilers will play in the NCAA Regional May 15-17 in South Bend, Ind.
Purdue 4, Michigan 3
SINGLES 1. Jamie Gordon (PU) def. David Paradzik (UM) 6-2, 6-0 2. Cris James (PU) def. Matt Wright (UM) 6-4, 6-4 3. Arvid Swan (UM) def. Derek Myers (UM) 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 4. Will Farah (UM) def. Jason Marshall (PU) 6-3, 7-5 5. Brook Blain (UM) def. Steve Brizendine (PU) 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 6. Cade Lutz (PU) def. John Long (UM) 3-6, 6-2, 7-5
DOUBLES 1. James/Myers (PU) def. Swan/Blain (UM) 8-2 2. Gordon/Marshall (PU) def. Jake Raiton/Wright (UM) 8-5 3. McFarlane/Pusztai (UM) def. Swan/G.T. Cozad (PU) 6-2 ret.