Oct. 31, 1997

Three Boilers Advance at Tennis Regionals

Three Purdue men's tennis players advanced to the round of 32 in the I.T.A./Rolex Regional tournament in Champaign, Ill., today. A total of 128 players from the Midwest Region qualified to compete.

Junior Jamie Gordon, last year's Regional champion, defeated Ohio State's Chris Porter 7-6, 1-6, 7-5 in the second round, after receiving a first round bye. Gordon is seeded seventh. Classmate Derek Myers, who also received a first round bye, defeated Indiana's Gabriel Montilla 6-4, 7-5 to advance. Myers is seeded 18th. Freshman Jason Marshall again showed promise, winning two matches to proceed to the round of 32. In the first round, Marshall downed Northern Illinois' Augusto Cantone 7-6, 1-6, 6-0.

Next, Marshall beat Ohio State's top singles player, Pari Laxminarayan 7-5, 6-0. Senior Steve Brizendine bowed out in the first round to Wisconsin's John Thomsen 6-3, 6-2, while junior Cris James fell 7-6, 6-4 to Notre Dame's Mark Overdevest in the second round following a first round bye.

James was seeded 11th.

"The Midwest region is stronger than it has ever been in the past," Purdue coach Tim Madden said. "For us to have three seeded players and three players still in it after the first day is very promising. Jason played very well against some tough competition. And Jamie and Derek are playing like the veterans they are. We still have some work ahead of us, but we certainly got off to a good start."

Purdue also has two doubles teams competing in the tournament. The 13th-ranked duo of James and Myers and the Marshall/Gordon team both received first round byes.

They will begin play tomorrow, as singles play continues. The tournament runs through Nov. 3.

The singles champion receives an automatic bid to the National Indoor Tournament, a collegiate grand slam event, held in January in Dallas, Texas.