Women's Tennis Face Illinois in Big Ten Showdown

Boilers stand at 3-1 in the Big Ten.

April 8, 1998

Revenge is being sought as the Purdue women's tennis team takes the court against Big Ten foe Illinois on April 9 at 2 p.m. in West Lafayette. The Boilermakers, who are now 8-7 overall and 3-1 in the Big Ten, face an Illini team which is 5-9 overall and 1-3 in the conference. Purdue is coming off a huge 8-1 victory over Western Michigan on April 7, a win that avenged a 5-4 loss to the Broncos in the 1997 dual match season. The Boilermakers are looking for even more retribution on the Varsity Courts against the struggling Fighting Illini who downed Purdue 4-3 in Champaign last season. Illinois has lost three straight matches and been without the service of Simone Kung and Kara Loffelmacher, their No. 1 and No. 3 players, respectively, for the last two matches due to injuries. The Boilermakers hope to turn things around in the lower half of their lineup. Illinois won No. 4, No. 5 and No. 6 singles, in addition to No. 2 singles, to claim the needed four points. Boiler freshmen Erika Quebe and Lisa Walgenbach are undefeated (4-0) in Big Ten matches this season, while sophomore Shannon Taheny is 3-1. Senior Mary Beth Maggart, sophomore Jennifer Embry and senior Hally Cohen are looking for their second consecutive singles victories. Doubles may prove crucial for the winner. Purdue won the doubles point against the Fighting Illini in 1997 and has the capability of doing so tomorrow. The Boilers' No. 1 doubles team of Maggart and Embry is ranked 23rd in the nation, while the No. 2 team of Taheny and Quebe is 2-2 in the Big Ten. Inclement weather will force the match indoors to the Lafayette Sports Center.