Oct. 5, 1997

Quebe Captures Title, Boilers Impressive in Fall Debut

Cliche or not, youth was served at the Notre Dame Eck Tennis Classic today, as Purdue freshman Erika Quebe won the No. 2 singles title in her debut tournament as a Boilermaker. Quebe, a native of Indianapolis who won the state high school singles crown last spring, defeated Kim Simonsen of Minnesota 6-0, 6-3 in the final to take the crown.

``Erika played exceptionally well,'' coach Mat Iandolo said. ``It was no surprise to us that she played so well, but I think some other schools in our region may be starting to realize that Erika is going to be a force to be reckoned with, despite the fact that she is a freshman.''

Quebe plowed through her flight, winning every match in straight sets, while surrendering a mere 10 games in four matches (eight sets). This is old hat for Quebe, who finished her senior season at Perry Meridian High School without losing a single set. Quebe also wreaked havoc in doubles, teaming up with sophomore Shannon Taheny to win three matches and advance to the finals of the No. 1 flight. In the championship match, Quebe and Taheny came up just short with an 8-6 loss to Northwestern's Cheng-Nasser duo.

The other Boilers got in on the action, as well. Lisa Walgenbach, another Boiler rookie, advanced to the semifinals of the No. 2 flight before falling to Simonsen, the eventual runner-up to Quebe. Taheny rallied after a tough start, winning two straight matches in the No. 1 flight to win the consolation bracket. She downed Michigan's Sora Moon 6-2, 6-2 in the title match. Senior Hally Cohen and junior Laura Avgerinos reached the consolation finals in the No. 3 and No. 4 flights, respectively. Junior Katy Moran, a transfer from Tyler (Texas) Junior College, won two matches in the No. 5 singles flight.

``This was a very, very good performance, especially considering it is so early in the year,'' Iandolo said. ``Obviously, we were extremely pleased at how Erika did, but we were also pleased with Lisa and Shannon, as well. We had a great team effort.''

The Boilermakers get a chance to prove themselves again when they take the court at the Ohio State Invitational Oct. 10-13 in Columbus.

``We are all looking forward to the Ohio State tournament,'' Iandolo said. ``Hopefully we'll step it up and improve on this positive result.''

In other Purdue tennis action this weekend, senior Mary Beth Maggart advanced to the consolation quarterfinals of the Disney/ITA National Clay Court Championships in Anaheim, Calif., before falling to Natalia Soetrisno 7-5, 6-1. Maggart, ranked 38th in the preseason ITA Collegiate Tennis poll, lost her first round match in the main draw of this collegiate grand slam event, but picked up two straight victories to reach the consolation quarterfinal.


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