Terps Open Spring Season with Two Home Contests

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland women’s tennis team opens its season with two dual matches at home this weekend. The Terps will take on George Washington on Saturday and Richmond on Sunday. Both contests are slated to start at 11 a.m. and will take placed at the Tennis Center at College Park.

After a 6-16 mark in her first season as Maryland head coach. Daria Panova will look to improve with a very young squad. Like last season, the Terps have just one upperclassman, senior Welma Luus, and welcome four freshmen.  Sophomores Olga Gaistruk and the Bredikhina twins, Olga and Nataliya, account for the Terps’ other returners.

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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 George Washington Colonials: (0-0, 0-0 Atlantic 10)
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The Colonials will open their 2014 spring campaign coming off an 11-8 mark last year. Leah Pascarella, an Atlantic 10 All-Conference first team honoree last season, will most likely fill the No. 1 singles position for GW. The senior went 15-14 last season, playing primarily from the No. 1 spot. Sophomore Lana Robins will also big part in the singles lineup for the Colonials. Robins was named to the All-Conference second team after her success at No. 2.

2014 Richmond Spiders (0-0, 0-0 Atlantic 10)
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Richmond head coach Mark Wesselink’s squad also opens its 2014 campaign in College Park. The Spiders accumulated an 11-12 mark last season and advanced to the Atlantic 10 tournament final in postseason play. Junior Melissa Kandinata is among the key cogs for the Spiders. The 2012 A-10 Most Outstanding Rookie Performer was named first team All-Conference last season.

The Spiders also faced the Terrapins last season in College Park. The visitors took the doubles point, but Maryland swept singles play for a 6-1 overall victory. 

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 eight squads ranked in top-25 of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s rankings.

North Carolina: #3
Miami: #9
Duke: #10
Clemson: #13
Virginia: #14
Georgia Tech: #19
Notre Dame: #21
Florida State: #24