COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The No. 61 Maryland women’s tennis team travels to Charlottesville for a bout with No. 5 Virginia on Sunday. Action is scheduled to begin at noon.
The Terps (5-4, 1-3 ACC) will contest Sunday’s match as a ranked squad after entering this week’s ITA rankings. It’s the highest the Terps have been ranked since February 2012 and the first time under second-year head coach Daria Panova.
Kristina Hovsepyan and Welma Luus enter the weekend riding a two-match winning streak in doubles. The duo helped the Terps secure a win against Pittsburgh and the doubles point in a loss to Virginia Tech.
Nataliya Bredikhina has been the Terps most productive singles player with six wins in eight matches at the No. 4 spot. She has also combined with her sister Olga to produce a 7-1 doubles record playing mostly at No. 3.
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Scouting the Opposition
|2014 Virginia Cavaliers (8-2, 3-0 ACC)|
The Cavaliers enter Sunday’s showdown with an outstanding 8-2 record, including multiple wins over ranked opposition. Virginia’s only two losses are to No. 2 Florida and No. 4 Alabama.
Fourth-ranked Julia Elbaba leads a group of four ranked singles players. Elbaba is 21-2 so far this season, and 9-0 in dual-match play. No. 42 Stephanie Nauta, No. 47 Rachel Pierson and No. 58 Danielle Collins have also been excellent this season. Nauta has been particularly impressive, sporting a 8-0 record in duals.
On the doubles side, Elbaba and Pierson are the seventh-ranked duo in the country and boast a 6-3 record in duals.
- Week 1: Welma Luus
- Week 2: Nataliya Bredikhina
- Week 3: Olga Bredikhina
- Week 4: Olga Gaistruk
- Week 5: Kristina Hovsepyan
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: #12
Georgia Tech: #23
Florida State: #25