Oct. 26, 1997
Boilers Sting Yellowjackets, Complete Unprecedented Fall Weekend
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The Purdue men's tennis team finished play in the 1997 Gator Invitational on a high note, winning seven of 12 matches against 43rd-ranked Georgia Tech in Gainesville today. The Boilers won four singles matches and three doubles matches against the Yellowjackets. Purdue, ranked 50th as a team in the Rolex/I.T.A. preseason poll, upset 14th-ranked Auburn on Friday (Oct. 24), winning seven of 12 matches.
"I am so pleased with how we played this weekend," Purdue coach Tim Madden said. "This is the first time this fall that our entire team has been together at the same event, and I think that really picked our energy level up. We fought for every point, and played good, aggressive tennis. If we take the success we had this weekend and apply it to the rest of our season, there is no telling what this team may accomplish."
Juniors Cris James and Derek Myers were most fruitful against the Yellowjackets. Both James and Myers won their singles matches, and they teamed up for a doubles victory, as well. James defeated Tim Bibby 7-5, 6-4 in the No. 2 Flight, while Myers downed Robert Wright 6-4, 6-3 in the No. 3 Flight. They combined forces to knock off Georgia Techis Tim Bibby and Matt Cozad 9-8 (2) in the No. 1 Flight of doubles. James and Myers are the 13th-ranked doubles team in the nation.
Also winning singles matches for Purdue were freshman Jason Marshall and sophomore Tushaar Gautam. Marshall beat Sergio Aguirre 6-1, 5-7, 6-2 in the No. 5 Flight, while Gautam defeated Jason Joeng 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 in the No. 6 Flight.
In doubles, Marshall and junior Jamie Gordon defeated Aguirre and Tre Harris 9-7 in the No. 2 Flight. Senior Steve Brizendine and sophomore G.T. Cozad beat Wright and Gordan Hwang 8-5.
Though Purdue won the majority of points against both Auburn and Georgia Tech, no team records will be altered. The Gator Invitational is a round-robin tournament with four teams, and each team played the other in the three-day event. Only individual records are affected.
Purdue will ride the high from this weekend into the Rolex/I.T.A. Regional Qualifier in Champaign, Ill., Oct. 30-Nov. 2.