COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The No. 44 Maryland women’s tennis team (13-4, 4-3 B1G) defeated Michigan State by a score of 5-2 on Friday.
Maryland got out to a 1-0 lead after taking the doubles point. Second doubles duo of Ekaterina Tour and Caroline Williams won 6-2, and third doubles pair Cassandre Thebault and Arnelle Sullivan won 6-3.
Michigan State quickly took a 2-1 lead when singles began, picking up wins at the fifth and third positions. Tour then evened the match for the Terps with a 6-2, 7-5 win at second singles.
Senior Kristina Hovsepyan then put the Terps back on top, earning a 7-5, 6-4 win at sixth singles. With Maryland needing one more point to clinch the victory, freshman Katsiaryna Yemelyanenka won her third set tiebreaker 6-2 to close it out.
Alexandra Stanova also picked up a three set win at first singles to end the day.
“We refused to lose today,” head coach Daria Panova said. “I think we battled from start to finish on every single court and we didn’t want to go home with a loss. Kate [Yemelyanenka] lost her first set but battled back to take the next two, and Alex [Stanova] was down and faced double match point but was able to pull it out. I’m very proud of everyone and the way we fought from start to finish.”
Tour’s win at second singles moves her record to 13-3 on the season, with an impressive 5-2 mark in the second position. Her doubles pairing with Caroline Williams also has 11 wins on the season, and a 5-1 record in conference play.
The Terps are back in home action on Sunday against No. 8 Michigan. Opening serve is set for 11 a.m. Live stream and stats will be available.