Beth Maggart and partner
Jennifer Embry will
compete at championships.
Maggart and Embry to Play in NCAA Women's Tennis Championships
Duo is currently ranked 21st in the nation.
May 23, 1998
Mary Beth Maggart and Jennifer Embry of the Purdue women's tennis
team will compete for a national title at the NCAA Championships beginning May 25 at Notre Dame. This is a prestigious honor for the Boilermakers' top doubles pair, as only 32 teams from across the country are invited to compete. This marks the first time any Purdue doubles team has received such an invitation. "This is very significant in that it's the first time we've ever had
a team qualify for the NCAA in doubles," says Purdue coach Mat Iandolo. "It's also significant because Mary Beth and Jennifer have a chance to do quite well given the right draw. We're really excited about this opportunity."
The duo is currently ranked 21st in the nation. Boasting an 18-10 overall record, Maggart believes an NCAA title is well within reach. "I think we have a good chance of doing very well," says Maggart. "We're just going to go in there and have fun. We both have very high standards,so it's going to be very important that we do well." This will be Maggart's last event as a Boilermaker, and it will also be the final competition in which Maggart and Embry will play in as a doubles team in the collegiate ranks. Both players have learned a lot about each other from playing together this season, and hope that is a big asset in their title run.
"I think we both work well together because we keep each other positive," says Embry. "We both have similar personalities, so we know what helps each other out. We know what we need to hear from one another to get motivated."
Iandolo says that Maggart and Embry are perfect complements to each other.
"Jennifer is the power player," says Iandolo. "She has a great serve and an excellent volley. Mary Beth is more of a counter-puncher. She is very consistent off a return, and she has very good vollies. Mary Beth does a very good job of setting up Jennifer, who's more of an explosive player."
The draw will not be released until May 24, which leaves Embry, Maggart and Iandolo anxiously awaiting their fate. A favorable draw, one which potentially allows the All-Big Ten pair to advance to the semifinals, will help Embry and Maggart secure All-America honors. No Purdue women's tennis players have received that recognition in the 22-year history of the program.