April 18, 2013
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland women's tennis team finishes its regular season with two home matches this weekend. The Terrapins will take on No. 11 Duke, Friday, at 1 p.m and on Sunday, No. 1 North Carolina comes to College Park to face the Terps at 10 a.m.
Maryland enters the weekend seeking its first ACC victory. The Terps' last ACC win came last season against Wake Forest.
Senior Sarah Gealer to secure the Terps' only doubles win over a ranked pair.
The Terrapins (5-14 0-8 ACC) look to rebound from two tough road losses to Wake Forest and No. 63 NC State. Against the Demon Deacons, singles wins from Gealer and freshman Olga Gaistruk were not enough as the Terps dropped their seventh straight ACC match, 4-3. Gealer's triumph was her first career conference singles victory. The following day, the Terrapins were unable to secure a set in singles and fell, 7-0, to the Wolfpack.
Scouting the Blue Devils
|2013 Duke Blue Devils: (14-7, 5-4 ACC)|
No. 11 Duke brings a two match losing streak into Friday's match after dropping contests to No. 10 Miami and No. 1 North Carolina. Hanna Mar, the 25th-ranked player in the nation, leads a shorthanded singles lineup for the Blue Devils. Duke has defeated 12 ranked opponents this season, but has lost three out of its last four. The Terrapins are 1-14 in the regular season against the Blue Devils since 1998. Duke has also defeated Maryland three times in the ACC Tournament in that span.
Scouting the Tar Heels
|2013 North Carolina Tar Heels: (21-2, 7-1 ACC)|
No. 1 North Carolina enters Sunday's contest in its ninth straight week as the top team in the country. The Tar Heels have suffered just two losses this season and have shutout opponents in 11 of their 22 dual matches. In singles, the Tar Heels feature four ranked players. Gina Suarez-Malaguti, the 9th-ranked player in the nation, is 12-4 from the No. 1 position this year. No. 40 Zoe De Bruycker and No. 33 Whitney Kay occupy the No. 2 and No. 3. Caroline Price rounds out North Carolina's ranked players, slotting in at No. 52 in the last ITA Rankings. Price is a stellar 19-1 this season. The Terps have only defeated the Tar Heels once since 1998.