Mary Beth Maggart voted the
I.T.A. Senior Player-of-the-Year.

 

Mary Beth Maggart of Women's Tennis Receives Awards

Embry and Maggart receive bid to compete at the NCAA Championships.

May 8, 1998

Mary Beth Maggart, a senior on the Purdue women's tennis team, received two prestigious honors recognizing her contributions to the sport over the past four years. Maggart was voted the I.T.A. Senior Player-of-the-Year and Tennis Magazine's Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sportsmanship and Leadership award winner. Both are Midwest Region awards sponsored by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.

"These awards speak to all the things Mary Beth has accomplished over her career at Purdue," said Boilermaker coach Mat Iandolo. "During the last four years there hasn't been an athlete who has meant more to her program than Mary Beth has meant to ours. I can't imagine there beinganyone who deserves this award more than she does."

The Senior Player-of-the-Year award recognizes leadership, sportsmanship, performance and improvement. The Arthur Ashe, Jr. award recognizes tennis accomplishments, scholastic and extracurricular achievements, sportsmanship, leadership, character and humanitarian concern.

Maggart, a Spring, Texas, native, has been the major force in helping turn the Purdue women's tennis program around. Prior to her arrival, the Boilermakers routinely finished in the lower half or cellar of the Big Ten. Since her freshman season (1994-95), however, Purdue has placed in the upper half of the conference three times and collected 50 wins. The Boilers have twice finished fourth in the Big Ten, their highest placing ever in the 22-year history of the program.

Individually, Maggart has posted a 24-15 record during the 1997-98 season, bringing her career record to 92-56. Purdue's No. 1 player, Maggart received All-Big Ten honors for the third straight season. She is a two-time Academic All-Big Ten and Big Ten Sportswoman-of-the-Year honoree.

In addition to these honors, Maggart, along with sophomore Jennifer Embry (Houston, Texas), received a bid to compete at the NCAA Championships in South Bend, Ind., beginning May. 25. Maggart and Embry, currently ranked 21st in the nation, is the first Purdue doubles team to qualify for NCAA's.

"This is very significant, as it is the first team ever toqualify for NCAA's," said Iandolo. "If they get hot they're capable of beating any team in their draw."

Maggart and the Boilermakers have team matters to attend to first, as the Boilermakers will compete at the NCAA Regionals in Champaign, Ill., from May 15-17. Purdue's first-round opponent will be Indiana on May 15 at 10 a.m.