COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Fresh off a win against No. 61 Syracuse, the Maryland women’s tennis team hits the road for two ACC showdowns. The Terps face No. 66 Wake Forest on Saturday at noon before traveling to Chapel Hill to take on No. 3 North Carolina at 2 p.m., Sunday.
Alexandra Stanova and the Bredikhina sisters put forth strong performances against the Orange, helping the Terps notch their first win over a ranked opponent this season. Stanova was spectacular in doubles and singles, combining with Olivia Gaudreault win doubles before recording a 6-3, 6-2 victory at No.1 singles.
Nataliya also provided the Terps with a key singles win. Olga Bredikhina secured Maryland match victory, coming from a set down to defeat Maria Avgerinos 6-7 (8-10), 6-3, 6-3.
This weekend will also be a homecoming for Terps’ assistant Gina Suarez-Malaguti. The first-year coach starred at North Carolina for the last four seasons and became the first Tar Heel to win ACC Player of the Year since 1993 when she captured the honor in her senior season.
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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 Wake Forest Demon Deacons (11-9, 3-8 ACC)|
|2014 North Carolina Tar Heels (21-3, 10-1 ACC)|
- Week 1: Welma Luus
- Week 2: Nataliya Bredikhina
- Week 3: Olga Bredikhina
- Week 4: Olga Gaistruk
- Week 5: Kristina Hovsepyan
- Week 6: Alexandra Stanova
- Week 7: Cassandre Thebault
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 six squads ranked in top-30 of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s rankings.Duke: #1
North Carolina: #3
Notre Dame: #26