May 16, 1998
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The run is over for the Purdue men's tennis team.
The Boilermakers, who won their first ever NCAA tournament match against Michigan in the first round of the Region IV Championships yesterday, fell 4-0 to top-seeded and 12th-ranked Duke in a semifinal match at Notre Dame today. Purdue concludes its season with a 15-11 record.
"We have a lot to be proud of this year," said Purdue coach Tim Madden. "Duke is 12th in the country and we're 57th, but there was not much difference today. Wepushed them in every position and gave them our best stuff."
Though the Blue Devils handed the Boilers a goose egg, Purdue was on the verge of winning three matches before the contest ended. Duke, which claimed a 1-0 lead by winning the doubles point, followed through with three singles victories before Purdue could get on the board.
Purdue's lone winners on the day were juniors Cris James and Derek Myers, who teamed up for an 8-6 doubles victory over Doug Root and Ramsey Smith at the No. 1 position. James and Myers were near singles victories, as was freshman Dan Swan, when the match concluded.
Despite the loss, Purdue continued to demonstrate its rise to the upper echelons of the collegiate tennis ranks. Pointing to their arrival on the national scence, this was the second straight year and second year ever in which the Boilers received an NCAA tournament bid.
"Last year we made a big step up to the national level," said Madden. "And this year, at that high national level, we were a force to be reckoned with."
Though Purdue came up on the short end of the stick today, the Boilers remain positive about what lies ahead, especially with the great majority of their players returning for the 1998-99 season. "We're leaving here with a good feeling, even though you always want to win," said Madden. "I think the mood is very optimistic for the future of Purdue tennis. We have a lot to be proud of."
Duke 4, Purdue 0
SINGLES 1. Doug Root (DU) def. Jamie Gordon (PU) 6-1, 7-6 2. Cris James (PU) vs. Alberto Brause (DU) 7-5, 2-5 3. Derek Myers (PU) vs. Dmitry Muzyka (DU) 4-6, 7-5, 2-1 4. Ramsey Smith (DU) def. Jason Marshall (PU) 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 5. Jordan Wile (DU) vs. Dan Swan (PU) 6-3, 4-6, 1-2 6. Marko Cerenko (DU) def. Steve Brizendine (PU) 6-3, 6-3
DOUBLES 1. James/Myers (PU) def. Root/Smith (DU) 8-6 2. Muzyka/Wile (DU) def. Gordon/Marshall (PU) 8-6 3. Andres Pedroso/Ted Rueger (DU) def. G.T. Cozad/Swan (PU) 8-3