Terps Take On Penn Saturday

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland women’s tennis team looks to continue its strong start to the season when it travels to Penn Saturday. Matches are scheduled to begin at the Levy Tennis Pavillion at 2 p.m.

The Terps (2-0) are coming off a pair of dominant wins in their opening weekend of the season. The Terps thrashed George Washington, 6-1, on Saturday and rolled past Richmond, 5-1, the following day.

Senior Welma Luus was a standout over two days for the Terps and earned Solomon Eye Associates Terp of the Week honors for her performance.  Luus won both of her singles matches and combined with freshman Kristina Hovseypan to form the Terps’ No. 1 doubles pair.

Hovsepyan was the Terps’ No. 1 singles player in both matches, while fellow Alexandra Stanova played at both No. 2 and No. 3. The Terps also received solid contributions from Olga Gaistruk and Olivia Gaudreault in singles as both won two singles matches over the weekend.

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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 Penn Quakers (0-1, 0-0 Ivy League)
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Penn began its season with a 4-3 defeat to Old Dominion. The Quakers dropped all three doubles matches before taking three singles matches to come up just short in the overall team score. Sol Eskenazi filled the No. 1 singles spot for the Quakers. The junior was first team All-Ivy in singles and doubles last season. Penn won matches at the top three singles positions against the Monarchs.

The Terps have won the last four matches against the Quakers, including a thrilling 4-3 victory in College Park last 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 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