COLLEGE PARK, MD. – The Maryland women’s tennis dropped its first match of the season to St. John’s, 4-3, Sunday afternoon.
The Terps (4-1, 0-0 ACC) secured the doubles point but were unable to capitalize on a number of first set leads in singles. Nataliya Bredikhina and Olivia Gaudreault picked up singles victories for Maryland.
Welma Luus and Kristina Hovsepyan put the Terps on the board first in doubles, taking out Diamond Adams and Khrystyna Pavlyuk, 6-3. Nataliya and Olga Bredikhina sealed the doubles point. The sister act easlily got past Nastya Polyakova and Stephanie Elgregan, 6-3
In singles, the Terps won the first set in five out of six matches, with Bredikhina and Gaudreault turning that advantage into wins. Gaudreault gave the Terps a 2-0 lead, rolling past Stephanie Elgegren, 6-1, 7-5. Nataliya gave the Terps their only other singles victory with a 6-1, 6-2 decision over Diamond Adams.
The Red Storm was able to turn around the other four matches to pick up the overall win. Yanita Arnaudova was the only St. John’s player to win in straight sets, defeating Olga Bredikhina, 6-1, 6-2.
Polyakova helped spark the St. John’s comeback, winning the second set and a 10-point tiebreaker to take down Alexandra Stanova. At No. 1 singles, Pavlyuk rebounded from a tough first set to beat Hovsepyan in a deciding breaker.
The match came down to Luus and Anna Morozova at No. 3. Luus won the first set in a tiebreak before Morozova gutted out the second, 7-5. The St. John’s player was able to take a late lead in the deciding breaker and eventually claim victory on her second match point.
The Terps return to action next weekend against No. 51 Columbia in New York. Action Is scheduled to begin Saturday at 1 p.m.
Doubles Results#1: Welma Luus/Kristina Hovsepyan (MD) def. Diamond Adams/Khrystyna Pavlyuk (SJ), 6-3
#2: Alexandra Stanova/Olivia Gaudreault (MD) and Anna Morozova/Yanita Arnaudova (SJ), 4-4 DNF
#3: Olga Bredikhina/Nataliya Bredikhina (MD) def. Nastya Polyakova/Stephanie Elgregan (SJ), 6-3
Order of Finish: 1, 3
Singles Results#1: Khrystyna Pavlyuk (SJ) def. Kristina Hovsepyan, 1-6, 6-3, (12-10)
#2: Nastya Polyakova (SJ) def. Alexandra Stanova, 1-6, 6-2, (10-8)
#3: Anna Morozova (SJ) def. Welma Luus (MD), 6-7, 6-4, (10-8)
#4: Nataliya Bredikhina (MD) def. Diamond Adams (SJ), 6-1, 6-2
#5: Yanita Arnaudova (SJ) def. Olga Bredikhina (MD), 6-3, 6-2
#6: Olivia Gaudreault (MD) def. Stephanie Elgregan (SJ), 6-1, 7-5
Order of finish: 6, 2, 1, 5, 4, 3