Illinois Tops Terps in Big Ten Quarterfinals

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – The No. 47 Maryland women's tennis team (16-6, 7-4 B1G) fell by a score of 4-2 to host Illinois in the quarterfinals of the 2017 Big Ten Women's Tennis Championships on Friday.

 The Terps controlled play early in the match, taking the doubles point for the 19th time this season. Seniors Alexandra Stanova and Kristina Hovsepyan got Maryland on the board first after picking up a 6-4 comeback win at first singles.

Arnelle Sullivan and Cassandre Thebault then closed it out for the Terps, fighting off an Illini duo to earn a 7-5 victory that gave Maryland a 1-0 advantage.

Illinois took the first singles point of the match when Louise Kwong picked up a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Alexanda Stanova.  Sullivan was able to answer for the Terps, earning a 6-4, 6-4 win to give Maryland a 2-1 lead.

Grace Tapak then evened the score once again for the Illini, defeating Caroline Williams 6-1, 7-6 at sixth singles.

Illinois was able to control the match from there, picking up wins at No. 5 and No. 4 to close out the match.

“We have to give a lot of credit to Illinois for the way they played today,” head coach Daria Panova said. “We got ahead to start the match but they fought back until the end and played well enough to close it out. I want to thank our seniors for everything they have done in their four years at Maryland. They have changed our program for the better and they will be remembered for doing so.”

Friday was the final match for seniors Alexandra Stanova, Kristina Hovsepyan, Cassandre Thebault and Olivia Gaudreault



1.         Kristina Hovsepyan/Alexandra Stanova (UMD) def. Louise Kwong/Ines Vias (Ill), 6-4

2.         Ekaterina Tour/Caroline Williams (UMD) vs. Madie Baillon/Jaclyn Switkes (Ill), 5-5 UF

3.         Cassandre Thebault/Arnelle Sullivan (UMD) def. Alexis Casati/D. Pedraza-Novak (Ill), 7-5


1.         Louise Kwong (Ill) def. Alexandra Stanova (UMD), 6-1, 6-4

2.         Ekaterina Tour (UMD) vs. Alexia Casati (Ill), 6-3, 4-2, UF

3.         Arnelle Sullivan (UMD) def. Alexis Casati (Ill), 6-4, 6-4

4.         Jaclyn Switkes (Ill) def. Kristina Hovsepyan (UMD), 6-1, 6-2

5.         D. Pedraza Novak (Ill) def. Katsiaryna Yemelyanenka (UMD), 6-0, 6-3

6.         Grace Tapak (Ill) def. Caroline Williams (UMD), 6-1, 7-6


Doubles: 1, 3

Singles: 1, 3, 6, 5, 4*