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Terps Thump Gophers, Earn 15th Victory of Season

Maryland Athletics
4-21-2017
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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.

Maryland kept the pressure on when singles began, picking up wins from senior Kristina Hovsepyan at fourth singles, and sophomore Arnelle Sullivan at third singles.

 

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.

In singles, Kristina Hovsepyan has now won four straight matches and Arnelle Sullivan and Cassandre Thebault have won back-to-back 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.

-Terps-

 

 RESULTS

 

Doubles

 

1.         Caitlyn Merzbacher/Mehvish Safdar (Minn) def. Alexandra Stanova/Kristina Hovsepyan (UMD), 6-3

2.         Ekaterina Tour/Caroline Williams (UMD) def. Annemarie Emme/Tina Kreinis (Minn), 6-4

3.         Arnelle Sullivan/Cassandre Thebault (UMD) def. Caroline Ryba/Cammy Frei (Minn), 6-3

Singles

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

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