Terps Prepare for Irish and Orange This Weekend

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland women’s tennis team will look to get back on the winning track with two matches this weekend. The Terps will hit the road to take on 20th-ranked Notre Dame at 4 p.m. on Friday before coming home to face No. 61 Syracuse at 11 a.m. on Sunday.

The Terps (5-9, 1-7) return to action after a 7-0 defeat at the hands of No. 1 Duke. Freshman Cassandre Thebault made her Terrapin debut in the defeat as Coach Daria Panova introduced three new doubles teams

Nataliya Bredikhina continues to pace the Terps in singles with seven wins so far this spring.  

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For live updates on this weekend's action and to catch up on everything related to Maryland tennis, follow the team on Twitter @TerpTennis. Live stats for the Notre Dame match can be found here

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 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (10-8, 3-6 ACC)
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The Irish have enjoyed a solid campaign in their first season in the ACC and come in at No. 20 in the latest ITA rankings. Brittney Sanders and Quinn Gleason lead the lineup in singles. Gleason, who an all-BIG EAST honoree last season, has 15 wins this season.

Sanders and Gleason also combine to form the eighth-ranked doubles team in the country. The duo is 9-6 in dual match play.

2014 Syracuse Orange (3-10, 3-5 ACC)
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Syracuse has notched all three of its wins in conference play in the school's first campaign in the ACC. Maddie Kobelt has five singles wins this spring to lead the Orange. The junior also teams with Valeria Salazar at No. 1 doubles. 

 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 six squads ranked in top-25 of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s rankings.

Duke: #1
North Carolina: #6
Virginia: #9
Miami: #14
Clemson: #15
Notre Dame: #20