Hally Cohen
Hally Cohen

Oct. 16, 1997

Boilers to Play Deep in the Heart of Texas

Two members of the Purdue women's tennis team will be heading home to the state of Texas as the Boilers travel to Houston to compete in the Rice Invitational Oct. 17-19. Seniors Hally Cohen(El Paso, Texas) and Mary Beth Maggart(Spring, Texas) will return to familiar territory as they return to the Lone Star state. "It's nice to give the girls an opportunity to go home and compete in front of people that don't get to see them play on a regular basis," coach Mat Iandolo says, "It's part of the reason we travel to Houston to compete." The Boilers competed in the Rice Invitational two years ago. Maggart, then a sophomore, captured the flight A singles title. She hopes for the same results this year and is excited about playing in front of familiar faces. "It's nice because some of my old coaches and my family will be able to watch me compete and that doesn't happen very often," said Maggart.

Beth Maggart
Beth Maggart

This year's field in the Rice Invitational consists mostly of southern schools. Along with Purdue and Rice, the tournament will feature Southwest Louisiana, nationally ranked Houston, Texas Christian and Wisconsin. "This is a nice opportunity to go against some of the better teams in the southern region," says Iandolo. "I'm pleased with what we've done so far this season and this is another opportunity to prove ourselves."

Representing the Boilers in flight A will be Maggart, freshman Erika Quebe and sophomore Shannon Taheny. Flight B will consist of Cohen and freshman Lisa Walgenbach. Flight C features juniors Laura Avgerinos and Katy Moran. In the flight A doubles portion of the contest, Purdue enters teams of Taheny/Quebe, Walgenbach/Moran and Avgerinos/Cohen. The Boilers look to build on the success they have had so afr this fall which included Quebe capturing the No. 2 flight singles title at the Notre Dame Invitational on Oct. 5.

At the Ohio State Bruegger's Invitational the doubles team of Cohen and Avgerinos captured the C flight doubles title and Maggart was runner-up in flight A singles.