COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland women’s tennis team returns to action for two ACC showdowns this weekend. The Terps (4-3, 0-2 ACC) will travel Pittsburgh on Friday before returning home for a tilt with Virginia Tech at the Tennis Center at College Park Sunday.
Nataliya Bredikhina has provided the Terps with a measure of singles success this season. The Moscow native is 4-2 from the No. 4 spot. She has also combined with twin sister Olga to record a 5-1 mark in doubles.
Freshman Olivia Gaudreault has also added some punch at the end of the Terps’ lineup with a 4-1 record at the No. 6 spot. Kristina Hovsepyan, Alexandra Stanova and Welma Luus will look to give head coach Daria Panova more production from the top three positions.
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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 Pittsburgh Panthers (3-2, 0-2 ACC)|
In their first season under head coach Alex Santos, the Panthers started the year with three straight wins against nonconference foes before losing their first two ACC matches. Taylor Washington sports a 2-3 record from the No. 1 singles position
Audra Ann Blakely has proved a tough out this season at No 2 singles. The freshman is 4-1 including a single conference victory. Blakely is also 4-1 with doubles partner Amanda Wickman. The team has competed at both No. 1 and No. 2 this season.
The Terps have not faced the Panthers since the 1980-81 season.
|2014 No. 48 Virginia Tech Hokies (8-3, 1-1 ACC)|
Virginia Tech enters Sunday’s match after a 5-0 victory over Radford last Sunday and will face Syracuse in New York before traveling to College Park to take on the Terps. Wins over ranked foes Elon and William & Mary are the highlights of the Hokies' early season success.
No. 103 Francesca Fusinato anchors the Hokies in singles from the top spot in the lineup. The freshman from Italy translated a successful fall into a 9-2 spring record in her debut season. Ilinca Stoica plays at No. 2 after holding down the No. 1 slot last season.
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
- Terps Find Success at Cissie Leary Invite
- Youth Drives Maryland Tennis Foward
- Maryland Tennis Holds Community Event
- Maryland Sports Spotlight: Welma Luus is a Dual Threat
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 seven squads ranked in top-25 of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s rankings.Duke: #1
North Carolina: #11
Georgia Tech: #19
Notre Dame: #25