Women's Tennis Takes on the RedHawks

The Boilers hope to get back on the winning track.

March 31, 1998

The Purdue women's tennis team looks to rebound when it takes on Miami of Ohio in Athens tomorrow. The Boilermakers, 6-6 overall and 3-1 in the Big Ten, are hoping to get back on the winning track after dropping a 5-4 decision at 45th-ranked Marquette on March 28, which snapped a three-match winning streak.

Purdue handled the RedHawks last season, posting a 5-2 victory in Lafayette, but both teams are missing three of their top six singles players from that match. What remains the same is the top singles position, occupied by Boilermaker Mary Beth Maggart and RedHawk Lia Soetrisno. Soetrisno had the upper hand last season, winning 6-2, 6-4, and owns a 6-2 record in 1998, while Maggart is 4-6 at the top spot this year.

Sophomore Jennifer Embry, who plays at the No. 2 spot for the Boilermakers, will be looking for her sixth win of the dual match season when she takes the court. Embry provided a singles victory against the RedHawks last season, defeating Elin Bengtsson 6-1, 7-6. The Boilermakers, who have come to rely on the strength of the lower part of their lineup to post wins in four out of their last six matches, might need to do so again against Miami.

Purdue's No. 3-6 players (freshman Erika Quebe, sophomore Shannon Taheny, freshman Lisa Walgenbach and senior Hally Cohen) are a collective 28-20 this season and are an impressive 19-5 in the previous six outings. Miami, on the other hand, is 19-29 in the same positions. Embry and Maggart could bolster Purdue's chances with a doubles victory, as could the tandem of Taheny and Quebe. Embry and Maggart are ranked 30th in the nation and nearly knocked off the 17th-ranked Penalvo-Fernandez pair of Marquette before falling 9-7.