Nov. 2, 1997

James And Myers Advance To Semis

Gordon Bows Out In Round Of 16

Cris James and Derek Myers, partners in Purdue's top doubles team, advanced to the semifinals of the I.T.A./Rolex Regional Championships in Champaign, Ill., today.

The junior duo, ranked 13th in the nation and seeded second in the tournament, defeated Indiana's Lippitt and Held 8-5 in a quarterfinal match. They will face fifth-seeded Smith and Vizzone of Ball State tomorrow in the semifinals.

"Cris and Derek are playing with a lot of confidence right now," Purdue coach Tim Madden said. "We have pretty high hopes that they will continue to do well in this tournament. It is just a matter of executing."

Junior Jamie Gordon fell short in his bid to repeat as the Regional champion, dropping a match to Illinois' Oliver Freelove 6-2, 6-1 in the round of 16. Gordon, seeded seventh, had won two straight matches after receiving a first-round bye before meeting the 13th-seeded Freelove.

"Jamie ran into a guy who was completely in the zone and he couldn't break him out of it," Madden said. "Freelove is at the top of his game right now, and it didn't hurt that he was on his home court." Freelove went on to defeat the top seed, Notre Dame's Ryan Sachire 6-0, 6-2 in the quarterfinals. Gordon beat Sachire in the title match at the 1996 I.T.A./Rolex Regional tournament.