Women's Tennis Travels to Penn State

Boilers back in Big Ten action.

April 3, 1998

It will have been 15 days since the Purdue men's tennis team last played a match when it takes the court at Penn State on April 5. The Boilermakers are 6-7 (1-1 Big Ten) after most recently defeating Ball State 6-1 on March 21.

Purdue defeated the Nittany Lions 5-2 in West Lafayette last season and have one common opponent (Wisconsin) to date in 1998. The Boilermakers defeated the Badgers 4-3 on Feb. 15 for their first conference win, while Penn State lost 4-3 to Wisconsin in Happy Valley on March 22. The Nittany Lions were 7-6 overall and 0-3 in the Big Ten before a match with Illinois on April 4. "The Penn State match is more important than it may seem because this a time when we're playing a Big Ten team that's expected to be in the bottom half of the conference, while we're expected to be in the top half," says Purdue coach Tim Madden."A win may not be enough. It's important for our confidence how we win. A big key will be doubles. We'll try to get our energy up there and use it as a momentum builder going into singles."

The complexion of this season's dual match will be quite different from Purdue's perspective. While Penn State welcomes back five of its top six singles players, the Boilermakers' bottom three spots are occupied by fresh faces. Rookies Jason Marshall and Dan Swan play at No. 4 and No. 5, respectively, while junior transfer Cade Lutz handles duties at the No. 6 position. In addition, the Boilers' top three may lineup differently. In 1998, juniors Cris James, Derek Myers and Jamie Gordon were assembled at No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3. This time around, Gordon will likely take the top spot with James and Myers following. Purdue's doubles configuration will be different, as well. James and Marshall will team up at No. 1, with Myers and Swan at No. 2 and Gordon and sophomore G.T. Cozad at No. 3. The match is slated to begin at 4 p.m.