COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland women’s tennis team retakes the court for two home matches this weekend. The Terps take on No. 14 Clemson, Friday, at 3 p.m., before returning on Sunday to face No. 20 Georgia Tech at noon.
Head coach Daria Panova’s squad will look to rebound from a 7-0 loss to Virginia last Sunday. The Terps played some close matches against a talented Cavaliers squad, but could not muster a point in Charlottesville.
Nataliya Bredikhina continues to impress in singles with a team-high six wins. The Moscow native moved up to the third slot last weekend and took her match with No. 42 Stephanie Nauta to a deciding 10-point breaker.
Bredikhina is also part of the Terps’ most successful double pair with her sister Olga. The duo has dominated its competition and possesses a 7-1 record coming into the weekend.
Freshmen Alexandra Stanova and Kristina Hovsepyan have faced stiff competition in their first season in College Park. The two have both played at the top of the singles lineup and will face more difficult foes this weekend.
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Scouting the Opposition
|2014 Clemson Tigers (12-3, 5-0 ACC)|
Clemson has been on a roll as of late with five straight victories, including three over ranked opponents. The Tigers traveled to Notre Dame and Pittsburgh last weekend and won by a combined score of 12-2.
The Tigers boast an deep squad that contains the No. 25 doubles duo of Beatrice Gumlaya and Yana Korleva. Jessy Rompies, Romy Kolzer and Tristen Dewar are also a part of ranked doubles teams, some that include Korleva and Gumlaya.
In singles, Koroleva leads the pact as the 42nd-ranked player in the country. The senior from Moscow was an All-American last season and advanced to the NCAA Singles Quarterfinals, only the fourth player in Clemson history to ever do so. Kolzer is the No. 62 player in the nation while Dewar checks in at No. 104.
|2014 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (6-3, 3-1 ACC)|
The Yellow Jackets will have faced seven straight ranked opponents coming into Sunday. Before squaring off with No. 45 Boston College on Friday, Georgia Tech was 4-2 in those matches, with wins over Florida State, Wake Forest, Notre Dame and Tennessee.
The second-ranked doubles squad of Kendal Woodard and Megan Kurey leads the line for the Ramblin Wreck. The team is 6-2 in dual match play this season. Natasha Proknevska recently took over the No. 1 singles spot from Woodard and is 1-1 so far.
- 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: #2
North Carolina: #6
Georgia Tech: #20
Notre Dame: #25