Nov. 7, 1997

Maggart Falls in Singles, Boiler Doubles Teams Press On

MADISON, Wis. - Mary Beth Maggart, a senior on the Purdue women's tennis team, came up short in her quest for a title at the I.T.A./Rolex Region IV Championships in Madison, Wis., today. Maggart, seeded third in the tournament, lost 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 to Tracy Zobrist of Wisconsin in the round of 16, ending her title hopes. The loss also quashed Maggart's opportunity to receive an automatic bid to the I.T.A. National Indoor Championships, a collegiate grand slam event, which will be held Feb. 5-8 in Dallas.

But Maggart, along with sophomore Jennifer Embry, still has hopes for a doubles title in Madison. The duo, which received a first round bye, defeated Hanson and Kuruvilla of Drake 6-3, 6-2 to advance to the round of 16. Purdue has another team, comprised of sophomore Shannon Taheny and freshman Erika Quebe, contending for the doubles crown. Taheny and Quebe received a first round bye, and will face Minnesota's Rangsithienchai and Sauska in a second round match-up.

Taheny, who lost her first round match in singles to Rangsithienchai in three sets (2-6, 6-1, 7-5), has won two consecutive matches in the back draw, defeating Ball State's Darcy Poulos 6-0, 6-1, and Northwestern's Robyn Porter 5-7, 6-4, 6-4.

The Region IV Championships feature the top 64 singles players and top 32 doubles teams in the Midwest. Purdue sent five singles players, including Maggart, Embry, Taheny, Quebe and freshman Lisa Walgenbach, in addition to the two doubles teams of Maggart and Embry and Taheny and Quebe.