Women's Tennis Looks to Put a "W" in the Win Column

Takes on Drake this weekend

Jan. 30, 1998

The Purdue women's tennis team looks to put a 'W' in the win column when it travels to Des Moines to take on Drake on Jan. 31. The Boilermakers are 0-2 in the early going of their dual match season after dropping two matches to 17th-ranked South Alabama and 12th-ranked Tennessee, both on the road last weekend. Purdue is currently ranked 50th in the Rolex Collegiate Tennis poll, while the Bulldogs are unranked.

"This should be a very good match for us," said Purdue coach Mat Iandolo. "I expect us to go out and fight in every position. We've worked hard all week and are hungry for a win." Senior Mary Beth Maggart may be the hungriest. Purdue's top singles player, Maggart is 0-2 this season with one loss coming against Tennessee's Manisha Malhotra, the 17th-ranked player in the nation. Maggart has been an All-Big Ten and Big Ten Sportswoman-of-the-Year honoree for the past two seasons. Sophomore Jennifer Embry, Purdue's No. 2 singles player, is 1-1 this season. Her win came against UT's Margie Lepsi who had been ranked as high as 34th in the nation in 1997. Classmate Shannon Taheny looks to earn her first victory of 1998 in the No. 3 spot, as do freshmen Erika Quebe and Lisa Walgenbach at the No.4 and No. 5positions, respectively. Senior Hally Cohen will be gunning for her second victory after downing South Alabama's Tracey Gobey in her season-opening match.

Purdue will remain in Des Moines for a match against Notre Dame on Feb. 1. The Fighting Irish are ranked 15th in the nation and narrowly defeated the Boilermakers 4-3 in South Bend last March. Purdue knocked off Drake 5-2 in a dual match in West Lafayette last February.