No. 24 Kentucky Next for Women's Tennis

Boilers coming off solid road win.

April 3, 1998

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue women's tennis team will see a new team coming to the West Lafayette campus this weekend as it hosts 24th-ranked Kentucky for the first time on April 4. However, one person on the Purdue coaching staff is very familiar with this Wildcat team. Assistant coach Chris Karges-Iandolo was a two-time Southeastern Conference singles champion and three-time All-SEC pick before graduating in 1989. This will be the sixth top 25-ranked team that the Boilers have faced this season. Purdue is hoping to seize its second straight win and improve its record, which currently stands at 7-6 (3-1 Big Ten).

The Boilers recently picked up an 8-1 road victory over Miami of Ohio on April 1. Purdue won five of six singles matches in the win, and captured its first doubles sweep of the season. Freshmen Erika Quebe and Lisa Walgenbach and sophomore Shannon Taheny extended their match winning streaks to five with victories against the RedHawks. Purdue coach Mat Iandolo says that Taheny and Quebe have been the two main factors that have contributed to the success of the team this season.

"They've definitely become the heart and soul of our team," says Iandolo. "They have an incredible competitive attitude in their matches. They're just really confident right now. In an individual sport like tennis, confidence will take you a long way."

The Wildcats will come into the match with a record of 11-5 and a three-match winning streak, including a recent 9-0 victory over Louisville on March 29. One of the interesting matchups to see will come in the No. 1 doubles slot. The 30th-ranked duo of Jennifer Embry and Mary Beth Maggart of Purdue will take on the 24th-ranked pair of Kelly Brown and Massoumeh Emami, who currently post a record of 12-3. Along with No. 1 doubles, the top singles positions will also be an important element in the Boilers quest to knock off the highly-ranked Kentucky team.

"I think Saturday's match is going to come down to two things," says Iandolo. "How we perform at the top of the lineup in both singles and doubles. For us to upset them, we're going to be looking at the No. 1 and 2 singles positions and the No. 1 doubles position as three points. If we get two of those three points, I think we stand a very good chance of upsetting them."

The match is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. on the Varsity Courts. Inclement weather will force the match indoors to the Lafayette Sports Center.