COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Maryland women’s tennis team continued its winning ways on Friday with a 5-2 victory over Minnesota.
The victory adds to Maryland’s highest win total in a single spring season, with their season record improving to 15-5.
The two teams traded blows to begin the match. Minnesota picked up a win at first doubles to get on the board first, but Arnelle Sullivan and Cassandre Thebault answered for the Terps to even the score.
All eyes turned to second doubles where Ekaterina Tour and Caroline Williams looked to secure the doubles point for Maryland. After falling behind early, the two broke serve twice to win in come-from-behind fashion.
Minnesota was then able to respond with a pair of wins at first and sixth singles to cut the Maryland lead to a single point.
With Maryland needing one more point to close it out, Tour came through with her 13th singles win of the year and picked up a 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 win at second singles.
Freshman Katsiaryna Yemelyanenka also picked up a point for the Terps with a win at fifth singles.
“I’m very proud of the way we played today,” head coach Daria Panova said. “Minnesota came out and played really well and challenged us from the beginning. I think we responded well and kept control throughout the match. It was a very solid performance for us today and we’re looking forward to closing out the regular season on Sunday against Wisconsin.”
Tour and Williams have now won four consecutive matches at second doubles, while Sullivan and Thebault are winners of three straight matches.
Maryland will be back in home action on Sunday when they close out the regular season with a match against Wisconsin. Opening serve is set for noon and Senior Day festivities will begin after the match.
1. Caroline Ryba (Minn) def. Alexandra Stanova (UMD), 6-4, 6-4
2. Ekaterina Tour (UMD) def. Tina Kreinis (Minn), 6-4, 4-6, 6-3
3. Arnelle Sullivan (UMD) def. Maja Vujic (Minn) 6-1, 6-4
4. Kristina Hovsepyan (UMD) def. Annemarie Emme (Minn), 6-2, 6-2
5. Katsiaryna Yemelyanenka (UMD) def. Camila Vargas Gomez (Minn) 7-5, 7-6
6. Caitlyn Merzbacher (Minn) def. Cassandre Thebault (UMD), 4-6, 6-3, 6-0
Order of Finish
Doubles: 1, 3, 2
Singles: 4, 3, 1, 6, 2*, 5