1997 Season Outlook
Experience is the key word for the 1997-98 edition of the Purdue Boilermaker women's tennis team. Head coach Mat Iandolo returns his top five players and welcomes another heralded recruiting class to West Lafayette. The combination of tested veterans and fresh rookies could provide the Boilers the answer to the question: "How do you win the Big Ten?"
The top Boilermaker returnee is senior Mary Beth Maggart. A two-time All-Big Ten, Academic All-Big Ten and Big Ten Sportswoman-of-the-Year selection, Maggart is Purdue's No. 1 player. Last year, Maggart produced the greatest victory in Purdue women's tennis history, defeating sixth-ranked Lauren Nikolaus of William & Mary 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 at the All-American Qualifying Tournament. Maggart won more matches (27) than any other Boiler and was ranked as high as 38th in the ITA/Rolex polls.
Also returning is sophomore Jennifer Embry. Purdue's No. 2 singles player, Embry recorded more dual match wins (15) and Big Ten victories (8) than any other Boiler in an impressive rookie season.
Joining Embry in the sophomore class is Shannon Taheny. Last year, Taheny played at the No. 4 singles position and was Maggart's doubles partner at the No. 2 spot. She gained tremendous experience in her rookie campaign and on the ITA summer circuit in the offseason.
Senior Hally Cohen and junior Laura Avgerinos round out the list of returning players. A two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree, Cohen has collected 47 victories in her Purdue career and will try to add to that number in her final season with the Old Gold & Black. Avgerinos, a former walkon, is looking to crack the top six in her junior season.
Katy Moran, Erika Quebe and Lisa Walgenbach are the newest members of the Boilermaker tennis family. Moran, a transfer from Tyler (Texas) Junior College, played for the NJCAA runner-up team and was a finalist in both the indoor and outdoor national doubles tournament. Quebe was the Indiana state high school champion her senior year, after being the runner-up as a sophomore and junior. Walgenbach recorded a 180-0 record over her high school career.
The question is, how do you win the Big Ten? The answer may lie in the 1996-97 Purdue Boilermaker women's tennis team.