COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Maryland women's tennis team (16-5, 7-4 B1G) will begin play at the Big Ten Women's Tennis Championship on Friday when the Terps take on host Illinois.
Maryland is the No. 5 seed in the tournament for the second consecutive season after earning its highest conference play win total in program history.
LAST TIME OUT
Maryland closed out its best spring season in program history with back-to-back victories against Minnesota and Wisconsin.
The Terps knocked off Minnesota by a score of 5-2 behind the strong play of Ekaterina Tour. Tour earned a doubles win with partner Caroline Williams, and then clinched the match with a singles victory in the No. 2 position.
On Senior Day, Maryland defeated Wisconsin, 4-0. Senior Kristina Hovsepyan led the way for the Terps, clinching the crucial doubles point with fellow senior Alexandra Stanova, and then closing out the match with her fifth consecutive singles victory.
SCOUTING THE ILLINI
Maryland and Illinois will square off for the second time this season when the teams take to the court on Friday. The Illini got the best of the Terps earlier in the season, earning a 5-2 victory in Champaign.
Louise Kwong will lead the charge for the Illini, playing at the No. 1 position at both doubles and singles.
Opening serve is set 11 a.m. on Friday. Live Stream and live stats will be provided.
KEEPING UP WITH THE TERPS
The Terps' 2017 spring season was one of the most successful in program history. The team earned the second-highest overall win total in program history, and also reached the highest spring season win count in program history.
Maryland's 7-4 Big Ten record was its best since joining the conference three years ago, and the Terps' seven conference wins are the most in program history.
The team also tied its best start to a season in program history, beginning the spring slate with a 6-0 record.
Maryland was ranked as high as No. 33 in the ITA's Rankings, which was good for the fourth-highest ranking in program history. The Terps also had three wins against teams in the ITA's Top 50 rankings this season.
The Terps benefited from the strong play of its doubles pairings this season, as the team earned the doubles point in 18-of-21 matches this spring.
The road was a friend of the Terps this season. Maryland's seven road victories is best in program history.
The Terps' fall campaign featured five doubles championships, including one by seniors
Sophomore Caroline Williams was a part of three of those doubles championships, teaming up with fellow sophomore Arnelle Sullivan to win the Bedford Cup, and then with junior Ekaterina Tour to win the Cissie Leary Invitational and the Kitty Harrison Invitational.
Maryland also had contributions from its two freshmen, Saya Usui and Katsiaryna Yemelyanenka. The two won their first collegiate doubles tournament when they took first place at the Tribe Invitational.
Teammates Alexandra Stanova and Kristina Hovsepyan were tabbed the No. 1 doubles duo in the Atlantic Region to begin the season, and Stanova was named the No. 20 singles player in the Atlantic Region.
Be sure to keep up with the Terps on Twitter throughout the season.