The duo defeated Derya Turhan and Anna Pomyatinskaya of Marshall in a thrilling championship match. After dropping the first set 4-6, the Terps bounced back to take the second 7-5, and the third 10-5.
"I am so proud of Alex and Kristina," head coach Daria Panova said. "They showed a lot of heart and passion, fighting through the ups and downs of every match. The girls played some tough teams, but they really left everything on the court. I am very happy they played that way at their last regional championship and will get to play in New York."
On their path to the championship, Hovsepyan and Stanova also knocked off the top ranked team in the tournament, Janina Braun and Anna Rasmussen of VCU. They also defeated pairs from Virginia Tech, Virginia, and George Washington.
With the win, Stanova and Hovsepyan have qualified for the ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships in Flushing, N.Y. at the Billie Jean King Tennis Center. Play will begin on November 3rd.
Other notable Terp performances included Arnelle Sullivan, who advanced to the singles round of 16. Hovsepyan also finished in in the round of 32 in singles, and Ekaterina Tour and Sullivan advanced to the quarterfinals of the doubles bracket.
Maryland will have the next two weekends off before wrapping up the fall season at the Kitty Harrison Invitational at the University of North Carolina and at the ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships in Flushing, N.Y.