Women's Tennis Host Western Michigan

Boilers prepare for final non-conference match up.

April 6, 1998

The Purdue women's tennis team looks to get back on track when it hosts Western Michigan on April 7. The Boilermakers, 7-7 overall and 3-1 in the Big Ten, hope to rebound from a 7-2 loss to 24th-ranked Kentucky on April 4. The Broncos, who have won 14 consecutive MAC matches, are 10-6 (3-0 MAC).

Purdue will be motivated by revenge, as the Broncos defeated the Boilers 5-4 to snap Purdue's three-match win streak beginning the 1997 dual match season. Western welcomes back five of its top six singles players from that encounter, while the Boilermakers have four of their top six returning from the same meeting. Senior Mary Beth Maggart and sophomore Jennifer Embry both won straight set affairs the last timethese teams met and will likely face the same opponents. Maggart, Purdue's top player, defeated Heidi Cakans 6-1, 6-2 in 1997. Cakans currently boasts a 10-3 record. Embry knocked off Kristen DeVall, the Broncos' No. 2 player, 7-6, 6-2. DeVall is 6-8 in dual matches this season. The lower half of Purdue's lineup looks to turn things around. Freshmen Erika Quebe and Lisa Walgenbach, as well as sophomore Shannon Taheny, will try to rebound from losses to the Wildcats which snapped personal five-match winning streaks for all three players. The match is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. at the Varsity Courts in West Lafayette. Inclement weather will force the action indoors to the Lafayette Sports Center.