Nov. 8, 1997
Maggart and Embry Bow Out in Round of 16
MADISON, Wis. - Mary Beth Maggart and Jennifer Embry, partners in one of Purdue's top doubles teams, lost 7-5, 6-1 to Iowa's Bampton and Dawaf in the round of 16 at the I.T.A./Rolex Region IV Championships in Madison, Wis., today. The loss ended Purdue's hopes of a singles or doubles title, which guarantees a spot in the main draw of the I.T.A. National Indoor Championships, a collegiate tennis grand slam event, held Feb. 5-8 in Dallas.
"We came up a little short," Purdue coach Mat Iandolo said. "We didn't win any titles, but I am very pleased with how we played collectively. We had a lot of young players here, and they did an outstanding job. This is the toughest competition they have faced so far in their college careers, and I think that gives them a better understanding of what to expect when we start playing conference matches in the spring." Maggart, a senior, was Purdue's most experienced representative in this event. She advanced to the round of 16 in singles, winning two consecutive matches before losing 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 to Wisconsin's Tracy Zobrist.
Maggart was a semifinalist in last year's regional tournament, an event that features the top 64 singles players and 32 doubles teams in the Midwest. Freshman Erike Quebe gained more valuable court experience, winning her first singles match before falling to Northwestern's Katherine Nasser, the 1997 Big Ten Freshman-of-the-Year, 6-2, 6-2 in the second round. Sophomore Shannon Taheny lost her opening round match, but won three straight matches to advance to the semifinals of the back draw. Embry and freshman Lisa Walgenbach both fell in the opening round. "We had a very, very successful fall season," Iandolo said. "We got tremendous play throughout our lineup, from top to bottom and from veterans to rookies. With this base, we are really looking forward to the spring."
This was Purdue's final fall tournament. The Boilers will resume play after the start of the new year, with matchesat South Alabama Jan. 24 and at Tennessee Jan. 25.