COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Coming off its best season in program history, the Maryland women’s tennis team will begin its 2017-18 campaign on Friday with a pair of tournaments.
Juniors Arnelle Sullivan and Millie Stretton will be headed to New York to participate in the Columbia Invitational. Penn, St. John's and Boston University will all join Maryland and host, Columbia, in the event.
Freshman Zoe Kulkarni and sophomore Katsiaryna Yemelyanenka will be staying in College Park, Md., to play in the Bedford Cup, which will feature Coppin State, Georgetown, George Washington, James Madison, Towson, Delaware, VCU and Virginia Tech.
A SEASON FOR THE AGES
Maryland’s 2016-17 season was one of the best in program history. The Terps set the record for most wins in a spring season (16), most doubles points (19) and most wins in B1G play since joining the conference (7). Maryland 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 ITAs Rankings last season, which was good for the fourth-highest ranking in program history. The Terps also had three wins against teams in the ITAs Top 50 rankings and won a program-best seven matches on the road.
In the fall, Maryland earned five doubles championships. Seniors Alexandra Stanova and Kristina Hovsepyan led the winning barrage by taking the ITA Atlantic Regional title and advancing to ITA National Indoors in New York City.
After leading the team in both doubles (15) and singles (16) victories last season, Ekaterina Tour is ready to build on that success in her senior campaign.
The Tel Aviv native spent the majority of her junior season playing in the No. 2 singles position for coach Daria Panova. In that spot she posted an impressive 11-3 record and ended the season with a 9-1 record in her final ten matches.
After graduating a record-setting senior class, Maryland will welcome three new additions to its fall roster. Head coach Daria Panova added freshmen Eva Alexandrova and Zoe Kulkarni as well as Kansas State transfer Millie Stretton.
Alexandrova comes to Maryland as one of the highest rated recruits in program history. She was 118th in the ITF International Rankings when she signed her National Letter of Intent. She won a Grade 3 ITF Tournament in Kazakhstan and spent the summer before coming to Maryland playing tournaments in Asia.
Kulkarni was rated the No. 39 recruit in the class of 2017, according to tennisrecruiting.net. She played nationally and internationally on the junior tennis circuit. In 2016, she won the Reel Tennis Open Championships and in 2015 she reached the semifinals of the Copa Coqui – Cabo Rojo ITF Tournament. She was the top-ranked player out of Oregon and was rated the No. 2 player in the Northwest region.
Stretton comes to Maryland from Kansas State where she had an extremely successful first two seasons. Playing at the top of the rotation in both her freshman and sophomore seasons, she posted a team-high 20 singles wins in her freshman year. The total was good for most by a freshman in Wildcat history. She also picked up 14 doubles wins, which earned her a spot on the All-Big 12 freshman team.
The junior also earned 17 singles and doubles wins in her sophomore season.