Boilers Fall in Season Opener

Women's tennis falls to South Alabama

January 24, 1998

The Purdue women's tennis team lost its season-opening match against South Alabam 7-2 in Mobile today. The Jaguars are ranked 17th nationally, while the Boilermakers are 50th.

"It's tough to start off the season 0-1, but South Alabama is a very strong team," said Purdue coach Mat Iandolo. "They are the type of team we need to play to improve, and I think that we certainly learned a lot from this match."

Picking up wins for the Boilermakers were senior Hally Cohen and the doubles team of sophomore Shannon Taheny and freshman Erika Quebe. Cohen defeated Tracey Gobey 5-7, 6-4, 7-5 in the No. 6 singles position. Taheny and Quebe beat Goutefarde and Puflerova 8-3 at the No. 2 doubles spot.

Senior Mary Beth Maggart pushed her No. 1 singles match against Lenka Jakabekova to three sets before falling 3-6, 6-3, 6-2. Taheny lost her No. 4 singles match against Gaelle Goutefarde in three sets, as well.

Purdue returns to the court tomorrow against Tennessee in Knoxville.

RESULTS:
No. 1 Lenka Jakabekova (USA) def. Mary Beth Maggart (PU), 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
No. 2 Iva Puflerova (USA) def. Jennifer Embry (PU), 6-4, 6-2
No. 3 Vanda Novakova (USA) def. Erika Quebe (PU), 6-2, 6-1
No. 4 Gaelle Goutefarde (USA) def. Shannon Taheny (PU), 5-7, 6-2, 6-3
No. 5 Melanie Pieterse (USA) def. Lisa Walgenbach (PU), 6-3, 7-5
No. 6 Hally Cohen (PU) def. Tracey Gobey (USA), 5-7, 6-4, 7-5

No. 1 Gobey/Pieterse (USA) def. Maggart/Embry (PU), 8-3
No. 2 Taheny/Quebe (PU) def. Goutefarde/Puflerova (USA), 8-3
No. 3 Novakova/Jakabekova (USA) def. Walgenbach/Moran (PU), 8-6