May 15, 1998
SOUTH BEND, Ind.- Against all odds the Purdue men's tennis team defeated Michigan 4-2 in the first round of the NCAA Region IV Championships in South Bend, Ind., today. The victory, Purdue's first ever in the NCAA tournament, helps the fourth-seeded Boilermakers advance to a semifinal with top-seeded and 12th-ranked Duke. This is the third time this season and fifth time in a row the Boilermakers (15-10) have downed the Wolverines.
The Boilermakers' experience in big matches was a question mark heading into the regional tournament, but the play of freshmen Jason Marshall and Dan Swan quashed alldoubts about Purdue's court prowess. The rookies posted singles wins and combined with their respective partners for doubles victories, as well, contributing greatly to Purdue's first-round success.
"The younger guys came through big," said Purdue coach Tim Madden. "Dan played very smart tennis, and Jason played the best tennis I've ever seen him play."
Purdue got the ball rolling by claiming the doubles points on wins by junior Jamie Gordon and Marshall and sophomore G.T. Cozad and Swan. In singles, Gordon defeated David Paradzik for the third straight time, while Marshall and Swan won over William Farah and Brook Blain, respectively.
Those three singles wins, coupled with the doubles point, were all the Boilermakers needed to pull off the victory and advance further than any Purdue tennis team has in NCAA's since the program began in 1925. The Boilermakers, who received their first NCAA bid in 1997, fell in the first round to Minnesota a year ago. "It is nice to advance further in the NCAA's than ever before," said Madden. "This is something we can definitely build on. We have earned the opportunity to play Duke, which is one of the best programs in the country. We're going to try and have some fun with them tomorrow and see if we can knock them off."
Purdue will square off against the Blue Devils at 10 a.m. at Notre Dame's Courtney Tennis Center. Duke defeated Wisconsin 4-0 in the first round.
Purdue 4, Michigan 2 SINGLES 1. Jamie Gordon (PU) def. David Paradzik (UM) 7-6, 6-2 2. Matt Wright (UM) def. Cris James (PU) 7-6, 6-1 3. Derek Myers (PU) vs. Arvid Swan (UM) 4-6, 6-3, 2-1 4. Jason Marshall (PU) def. William Farah (UM) 7-6, 6-0 5. Dan Swan (PU) def. Brook Blain (UM) 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 6. John Long (UM) def. Steve Brizendine (PU) 7-5, 6-2
DOUBLES 1. James/Myers (PU) vs. Blain/Swan (UM) 5-4 2. Gordon/Marshall (PU) def. Wright/Jake Raiton (UM) 8-4 3. G.T. Cozad/Swan (PU) def. Mike Pusztai/Brad McFarlane (UM) 8-5