Women's Tennis Team Plays Two This Weekend

Boilers hope to continue winning streak.

March 26, 1998

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind.--The Purdue women's tennis team will play two matches this weekend against Illinois State and Marquette. The Boilers are coming off two wins against then 28th-ranked Michigan and Michigan State. Purdue defeated the Wolverines, the reigning Big Ten champions, 6-1 on March 21, and then went on to conquer the Spartans the following day, 5-2. The Boilers now post a record of 5-5 (3-1 Big Ten) and hope to continue their winning streak this weekend.

"The team is feeling very good about where we are right now," says Purdue coach Mat Iandolo.

"But it's important for us to work just as hard as we did before we experienced this success."

Purdue will take on the Redbirds on March 27 at the Varsity TennisCourts at 1 p.m. Illinois State is coming off a 9-0 victory over Creighton and stands at 7-6 this season. The Boilermakers downed the Redbirds 4-3 in 1997.

The Boilers will play on the road against the 45th-ranked Golden Warriors on March 28. Marquette is riding a four-match winning streak, the most recent a 5-4 win over Iowa. The Golden Warriors will be a tremendous challenge in No.1 singles and doubles. Elisa Penalvo, the No.1 player, is ranked 28th in the nation and owns a record of 12-2 this season. In doubles, the 17th-ranked duo of Ana Fernandez and Penalvo are 13-1 in the No. 1 position.

Iandolo says the Boilermakers will be ready to face the contrasting lineups of Illinois State and Marquette.

"Illinois State is a deeper team than Marquette," says Iandolo. "They have six very solid players. Marquette, on the other hand, is stronger at the top and weaker at the bottom. I think we match up well with both teams. If we play hard and solidly, we'll be in good shape for both of them."

Purdue not only hopes to extend their team winning surge, but also the streaks of four individuals and two doubles teams. Senior Mary Beth Maggart, sophomore Shannon Taheny and freshmen Erika Quebe and Lisa Walgenbach look to continue their court success after each was victorious in both matches last weekend, while the pairs of Maggart and sophomore Jennifer Embry and Taheny and Quebe try to lengthen their winning string.

Embry and senior Hally Cohen look to rebound following singles losses against Michigan State.

In case of cold or inclement weather, the match will be moved indoors to the Lafayette Sports Center.