COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland women’s tennis team travels to Cary, N.C. for the 2014 ACC Women’s Tennis Championship this week. The 12th-seeded Terrapins will face 13th-seed Wake Forest in the opening match of the Championships, slated for Wednesday at 9 a.m.
The Terps (9-12, 4-10 ACC) enter this week’s festivities with wins in four of their last six contests, including two over ranked opponents. A win over the Demon Deacons was apart of that stretch. The Terps came away with a 4-3 victory in Winston-Salem on April 12.
Nataliya Bredikhina and Welma Luus were the Terps most successful competitors in ACC singles play, both recording four wins. The duo also plays at No. 1 doubles for the Terps, and has four conference wins since being paired together at the end of March.
The doubles point has been a huge part of the Terps success this season. Head coach Daria Panova’s squad has notched the opening tally in each of its nine wins. Along with the top pair of Luus and Bredikhina, Olivia Gaudreault and Alexandra Stanova at No. 2 and Olga Gaistruk and Kristina Hovsepyan at No. 3 has been the preferred lineup for the Terps.
Panova has upped both her overall and conference win totals in her second year at the helm in College Park. The former Oregon standout also led to Terps to their highest entry into the ITA Rankings since February 2012. The Terps were ranked No. 61 in the first week in March.
North Carolina is the top-seed in the tournament. The top four seeds have double byes into the quarterfinals. The Terps would advance to face No. 5 Duke in the second round and have Clemson as a potential quarterfinal opponent.
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Scouting the Opposition
|2014 Wake Forest Demon Deacons (11-10, 3-11 ACC)|
The Demon Deacons enter Wednesday's contest off five straight losses, all in conference play. The Deacs opened the season in much different fashion, ripping off seven straight victories and rising to as high as No. 38 in the country.
- 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