April 7, 1998
The Purdue women's tennis team took care of business early and in a big way when it handily defeated Western Michigan 8-1 at the Lafayette Sports Center today. The win, which avenged a 5-4 loss to the Broncos in 1997, moves Purdue to 8-7 overall and 3-1 in the Big Ten with six conference matches remaining on its schedule. "This is a very good win against a team that historically has given us a lot of problems," said Purdue coach Mat Iandolo. "It definitely gives us confidence leading into the home stretch of Big Ten matches to close out the regular season."
The Boilermakers got things going in singles, winning all six matches in straight sets. First to finish was senior Hally Cohen, who made quick work of Sommer Stier, winning 6-1, 6-0. Freshman Lisa Walgenbach was close behind, dropping just two games in a win over Hillary Schaffer. Sophomore Jennifer Embry picked up her second straight victory, while senior Mary Beth Maggart got back on the winning track with a win over Heidi Cakans, the Broncos' top player. Freshman Erika Quebe was stretched to a tie-breaker in her second set but pulled out the victory.
The No. 2 and No. 3 doubles teams (Taheny/Quebe and Cohen/Laura Avgerinos, respectively) were both winners, as well. The only place Purdue faltered was at No. 1 doubles, as Maggart and Embry fell 8-6 to the Western duo of Cakans and DeVall. Purdue returns to Big Ten play when it hosts Illinois on April. The Boilermakers host Penn State on April 12. Both matches are scheduled to be played on the Varsity Courts, but will be moved to the Lafayette Sports Center in case of inclement weather. Thursday's match begins at 2 p.m., while Sunday's match begins at 11 a.m.
SINGLES 1. Mary Beth Maggart (PU) def. Heidi Cakans (WMU) 6-4, 7-5 2. Jennifer Embry (PU) def. Cyra Malik (WMU) 6-2, 6-3 3. Erika Quebe (PU) def. Kristen DeVall (WMU) 6-3, 7-6 4. Shannon Taheny (PU) def. Diana Dimitrescu (WMU) 6-4, 6-3 5. Lisa Walgenbach (PU) def. Hillary Schaffer (WMU) 6-2, 6-0 6. Hally Cohen (PU) def. Sommer Stier (WMU) 6-1, 6-0 DOUBLES 1. Cakans/DeVall (WMU) def. Maggart/Embry (PU) 8-6 2. Taheny/Quebe (PU) def. Stier/Malik (WMU) 8-3 3. Cohen/Laura Avgerinos (PU) def. Schaffer/Dimitrescu (WMU) 8-6
Purdue 8, Western Michigan 1