Oct. 25, 1997

Gordon Upsets 10th-Ranked O'Neal

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The Purdue men's tennis team continued to find bright spots on its trip to the Sunshine State. Today, junior Jamie Gordon, the Boilers' top singles player, defeated the 10th-ranked player in the nation, Justin O'Neal of Florida in the second day of play in the Gator Invitational. Gordon upended the Gator netter in straight sets, 6-4, 6-2. Gordon was ranked 74th in the Rolex/I.T.A. preseason poll.

"Jamie did a wonderful job creating opportunities in big point situations," Purdue coach Tim Madden said. "He served very well and was very aggressive getting to the net. He dictated the match."

Also winning singles matches against Florida, the 10th-ranked team in the nation, were freshman Jason Marshall and sophomore Tushaar Gautam. Marshall downed Jack Whigham 6-1, 6-3 in the No. 5 Flight, while Gautam handled Dylan Mann 7-6 (8), 6-0 in the No. 6 Flight.

"Jason played the best tennis of his short career here today," Madden said. "He had his opponent on the run from the start and never let up. He had the best focus and shot selection so far this year from start to finish."

Purdue won a total of three singles matches against the Gators but came up empty in doubles. Despite not winning a majority of the matches against Florida, Madden's team is still riding on a high into its final match of the tournament against 43rd-ranked Georgia Tech tomorrow in Gainesville. Yesterday, Purdue won 7-of-12 matches to upset 14th-ranked Auburn. "Already this has been a successful weekend," Madden said. "Today we battled extremely hard against one of the top-ranked teamis in the nation and showed we could play. Now we are convinced that weire capable of having unprecedented success this year."

The Gator Invitational is a round-robin tournament with Florida (10th), Auburn (14th), Georgia Tech (43rd) and Purdue (50th).