STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – The No. 37 Maryland women’s tennis team earned a 4-3 win in comeback fashion over Penn State on Saturday.
Led by the strong play of senior Alexandra Stanova, the Terps outlasted the Nittany Lions to pick up their third conference win of the season.
Maryland got off to a fast start when it clinched the doubles point for the 13th time this season. Penn State picked up a win at No. 3, but Maryland bounced back and won at No. 2 and No. 1 to take the point.
Penn State then took control of the match when singles play began, picking up victories at No. 4, 5 and 6, and a 3-1 lead. Ekaterina Tour then earned her 12th singles victory of the season to bring the Terps back within one.
Sophomore Arnelle Sullivan was able to even the score shortly after when she defeated Jacqueline Zuhse 6-4, 7-5 at third singles.
All eyes then turned to first singles, where Alexandra Stanova attempted to complete the comeback. Stanova dropped her first set 6-3, but battled back to keep the match alive with a 7-6 win in the second. With the match on the line, the senior came through with a 6-1 win to give Maryland a 4-3 victory.
“Today we had a great fight from the top of our lineup,” head coach Daria Panova said. “Penn State came out fighting and it looked like we got surprised on some of the courts. However, we did a great job turning it around and closing out the match. I’m very proud of Alex and Arnelle, who took the court when we were down 3-1 but did an amazing job winning it for us.”
Tour and Williams’ win at No. 2 doubles was their tenth victory this season. The win moved their conference record to 4-0 and their current winning streak to six straight matches.
Maryland’s seven road victories this season are the most in program history, surpassing the six wins picked up by the 1977-78 squad.
The Terps will be back in action on Sunday when they close out their road schedule with a match against No. 2 Ohio State.