May 25, 1998
Mary Beth Maggart and Jennifer Embry, partners in Purdue's top doubles team, pulled off one of the greatest victories in Boilermaker women's tennis history today by knocking off 14th-ranked Anne Kremer and Teryn Ashley of Stanford 6-4, 6-3 in the first round of the NCAA Championships in South, Bend, Ind. The win allows the Boiler pair, ranked 21st in the country, to advance to the round of 16. Only 32 teams from across the nation received invitations to compete in the doubles portion of the NCAA tournament.
"This is the biggest single win in the history of our program," said Purdue coach Mat Iandolo. "To knock off the team that played No. 1 doubles for the No. 1-ranked team in the nation is very significant." Maggart and Embry will face Notre Dame's Tiffany Gates and Jennifer Hall in the second round, a duo which the Boiler pair downed 8-6 in a dual match with the Fighting Irish on Jan. 31. Gates and Hall defeated Alison Nash and Celene McCoury of Arizona State in the first round. The Boiler-Irish battle will be held tomorrow, May 26, at 3 p.m. Though gates and Hall will have home court advantage, Maggart and Embry will still come to play.
"We've played them before and we kno whow to play them," says Maggart. "We just can't get distracted by everything." "We have been in situations like this before where we had a lot of people rooting for our opponents," says Embry. "I think we are experienced and I think we can handle it."
Should the Boilermakers defeat Gates and Hall, both Maggart and Embry would receive All-America honors. No Purdue women's tennis player has ever received such recognition.