Maryland Looks for Successful Run in ACC

Jan. 29, 2009

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The University of Maryland women's tennis team heads into the 2009 season with hopes for success in a strong Atlantic Coast Conference. The team returns nearly everyone from the 2007-08 roster, losing only Adela Matejkova.

Still a young team, the Terrapins only have one senior in Michal Amir. Junior Lisa Miller and Amir and will lead the team both on and off the court, serving as captain and co-captain respectfully.

Amir began the fall season by winning the top singles flight at the Maryland Invitational and combined with Miller for eight wins in doubles play.

The rest of the lineup features juniors Maggie MacKeever and Eleanor Peters along with sophomores Julia Huschke, Oksana Krutiyenko and Karin Lundmark.

Peters had a stellar fall after facing injuries the last two seasons. Peters led the team with seven singles wins and had three and four doubles wins with teammates MacKeever and newcomer Jordan Hansbrough, respectively.

The fall season saw Lundmark and Krutiyenko post five singles wins apiece in singles play. Huschke combined with Hansbrough for two wins in three doubles contests. Those upperclassmen are joined by three freshmen, excited to begin their college careers at Maryland.

Jordan Harvey joins the Terps from Los Angeles, Calif., where she was a four-time All-Sunshine League honoree. Her sophomore year, Harvey was a member of the Southern California, California Interscholastic Federation championship doubles team. A native of Kennesaw, Ga., Hansbrough was named Player of the Year as a senior by the Manetta Daily Journal and Atlanta Daily Constitution. Hansbrough started off her Maryland career hot, winning her single flight at the Maryland Invitational. "Jordan Hansbrough has great potential in what she can do. She plays an all-court game," said head coach Martin Novak.

Originally from Bethesda, Md., Lauren Wolman brings past accomplishments as a member of The Washington Post's All-Met team. She was the No. 1 singles champion in Montgomery County and was a singles state semi-finalist her junior year. After two straight seasons plagued with injuries, the Terrapins are finally healthy and prepared to battle with a complete roster.

"Last year we were a little short handed. We had two players out of the starting six and this year we have a full roster," said Novak.

In one of the strongest intercollegiate tennis conferences, the Terrapins understand the importance of balance and experience.

"I think having experience, they know what to expect," said Novak on the added value of experience. "When you are part of something and you see what it takes and you have some success, the leap toward complete success is not that far."

The Terps have been hard at work throughout the fall to prepare for the 2009 season. Whether in the gym for physical training or on the tennis courts for practice, the team is working on all aspects of their game.

"I think their comfort zone has expanded and they can deal with more adversity whether it's an endurance aspect or shot selection aspect," said Novak.

Veterans and rookies alike look to build on their previous experiences to work together for a successful 2009 campaign.

"I know that we will be very competitive in our matches," said Novak. "The improvements that I have seen so far this fall have been significant. Our aim is obviously to move upwards."