Terps Face #1 Duke Friday

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland women’s tennis team returns home for a contest with top-ranked Duke on Friday at the Tennis Center at College Park. Action is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m.

The Terps will look to snap a five-match losing streak that has included all ranked foes. Nine of the Terps’ 13 tilts so far this season have come against ranked opposition.

Nataliya Bredikhina has been Maryland’s most consistent performer this season in singles. The sophomore from Moscow won her first ever match at the No. 2 spot in the lineup last weekend against Princeton. 

Last season, the Terps notched their only ACC victory of the season against the Blue Devils. Vroni Van Berlo sealed the win with a dramatic three-set triumph over Hanna Mar.

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The Terps' home matches are held at the off-campus Tennis Center at College Park. Directions to the venue can be found here.

Scouting the Opposition 

2014 Duke Blue Devils (16-1, 6-0 ACC)
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 The Blue Devils enter Friday's contest on an eight-match win streak. Ellicott City's Beatrice Capra is the fifth-ranked singles player in the country after not competing last season. As a freshman, Capra was ITA National Co-Rookie of the Year, ACC Player of the Year and an NCAA quarterfinalist. She leads Duke with 23 singles wins this year.

24th-ranked Ester Goldfield and 31st-ranked Hanna Mar give the Blue Devils supreme depth. Mar and Capra are the sixth-ranked doubles duo in the nation  and have nine victories to their credit this season.

 The Changeover

 Previewing the Terps: By the Numbers

1 – The number of individual titles the Terps took home as a team in the fall.  Olga Bredikhina defeated Princeton’s Caroline Joyce, 6-4, 2-6, 6-1, to take the Flight B singles title at the Cissie Leary Invite in Philadelphia. 

2 – Daria Panova’s years as Maryland’s head coach. A standout player at Oregon as a a collegian, Panova steadied the ship in her first season in College Park, providing a clear and consistent demeanor for her young team. The Russia native also made history in her opening campaign, helping the Terps to only their second win over ACC rival Duke since 1998. The Terps took down the No. 11 Blue Devils, 4-3, in a thrilling late season match.

4 – The number of newcomers the Terp roster contains this season. Freshmen Kristina Hovsepyan, Olivia Gaudreault, Alexandra Stanova and Cassandre Thebault added a new energy to Panova’s outfit in the fall.  The young Terps will be relied to perform in important matches come the spring season, especially during the ACC slate.

9 – Points that Welma Luus notched for the Maryland field hockey team during the fall. The South Africa native played both sports for the Terps in the fall and was a spark off the bench for a squad that reached the final four. Luus missed all of last season with a shoulder injury, but provided the Terps with valuable leadership as a volunteer assistant coach.

 Previewing the Terps: Fall Season Highlights 

Loaded ACC

Generally regarded as one of the best tennis conferences in the country, the ACC is once again stacked with top opponents for the Terps. The conference contains six squads ranked in top-25 of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s rankings.

Duke: #1
Virginia: #3
North Carolina: #8
Miami: #14
Clemson: #17
Notre Dame: #24