Sept. 28, 1997

Gordon Falls In Final

NOTRE DAME, Ind.-Junior Jamie Gordon, Purdue's top men's tennis player, fell 3-6, 7-6, 6-2 to Nebraska's Magnus Grahn in the A Flight singles final of the Notre Dame Tom Fallon Invitational today. The doubles team of senior Steve Brizendine and freshman Dan Swan lost 8-4 in the semifinal of the B Flight to Illinois State's Bill-Klepper duo. Rookie Jason Marshall also succumbed on the final day of competition in the Boilers' first fall tournament, falling to Jorge Abossanchoz of Nebraska 6-2, 7-5 in the B Flight consolation final.

Despite the losses, coach Tim Madden was excited about his players' advancement and their performances. "To have Jamie get to the final in the top flight was outstanding," Madden said. "I am pleased with how well we played, considering this was our first tournament of the fall season. It was especially encouraging to see Dan Swan and Jason Marshall, our freshmen, have some success. Hopefully we will take this experience and continue growing and improving."

Gordon won four matches en route to the final, disposing of players from Wisconsin-Green Bay, Iowa and Rice, before defeating Alabama's Graydon Oliver 6-4, 7-5 in the semifinals. Brizendine and Swan breezed to the quarterfinals, winning their firsttwo matches against teams from Nebraska 8-1 and 8-2, respectively. Marshall dropped hisfirst match in the main draw of the B Flight 6-4, 6-4 to Patrick Brown of William and Mary. But he regrouped, winning his next three matches in the consolation bracket before falling to Abossanchoz.

The Boilermakers get back to action Oct. 18-19 when they host the annual Boilermaker Classic in West Lafayette.