MORGANTOWN, W.V. – Behind the strong play of freshman Katsiaryna Yemelyanenka, the Maryland women’s tennis team (2-0 0-0 B1G) defeated West Virgina (1-3) by a score of 4-2.
Yemelyanenka went undefeated on the day, winning her doubles match with partner Arnelle Sullivan by a score of 6-3, and then clinching the win for the Terps with a 6-2, 6-4 singles win over Lyn Yuen Choo.
After Thebault picked up a point in the first singles match, West Virginia answered by taking the next two points. Stanova fell at first singles to Habiba Shaker 1-6, 6-7, and then Sullivan lost a three-set marathon to Kaja Mrgole, 6-2, 3-6, 6-1.
Sophomore Caroline Williams then regained the lead for the Terps, defeating Yvon Martinez 7-6, 6-1. Needing only one more point to win the match, Maryland sent out Yemelyanenka and senior Ekaterina Tour.
Yemelyanenka got off to a fast start, cruising through the first set 6-2. In a tighter second set, she was able to hold onto her lead and her 6-4 win gave the Terps a victory.
Tour split the first two sets of her match, and the third was unfinished following Yemelyanenka’s victory.
"I'm happy with how we competed today in both singles and doubles,” head coach Daria Panova said following the win. “We came out much sharper in doubles today than in our first match, and were able to execute when we needed to. It’s great to see our young players like Caroline Williams and Kate Yemelyanenka stepping up in big spots. This was a tough road win and we responded well to the challenge. We're excited to be back in College Park next weekend against Boston University and Richmond."
Maryland will play its first home match of the season on Saturday, February 4 and then follow it up with a match against Richmond on Sunday, February 5.
Order of Finish:
Singles: 4, 1, 2, 6, 5*
Doubles: 2, 1, 3