MALIBU, Calif. – The Maryland women’s tennis team (1-2, 0-0 B1G) fell to Rice, 4-0, to close out ITA Kickoff Weekend on Sunday. The match was played to clinch, so the remaining three matches that were not completed will be marked unfinished.
“Overall, I’m glad our team was able to come out and participate in an event like ITA Kickoff Weekend,” head coach Daria Panova said. “We challenged ourselves against quality opponents and will use this weekend to improve on some things. We didn’t get the results we wanted, but we’ll get better from what we saw from our team. We’ll now enjoy some time off before another quality opponent in William & Mary."
Rice got the day started by capturing the doubles point with wins at No. 2 and No. 3. The Owls then extended their lead with victories at fifth and sixth singles, putting them a point away from a match victory.
Maryland was able to battle and prolong the match, but a win for Rice at first singles ultimately gave them a victory. When the match ended after Rice clinched a victory, Eva Alexandrova was up 6-1, 6-6 (4-2) at second singles, Katsiaryna Yemelyanenka was in a third-set tiebreak, and Millie Stretton was on the verge of forcing a decisive third set, up 5-4 in the second.
Maryland will be back in action on Saturday, Feb. 10 when it travels to Williamsburg, Va., to take on William & Mary.
For full results from Maryland's match against Rice, please see below.
Consolation: Rice 4, Maryland 0
1: Wendy Zhang (RICE) def. Ekaterina Tour (UMD) - 6-3, 6-3
2: Lindsey Hodge (RICE) vs. Eva Alexandrova (UMD) - 1-6, 6-6 (2-4), unfinished
3: Fernanda Astete (RICE) vs. Millie Stretton (UMD) - 6-2, 4-5, unfinished
4: Priya Niezgoda (RICE) vs. Katsiaryna Yemelyanenka (UMD) - 2-6, 6-1, 3-2, unfinished
5: Savannah Durkin (RICE) def. Saya Usui (UMD) - 6-0, 6-1
6: Anna Bowtell (RICE) def. Zoe Kulkarni (UMD) - 6-0, 6-3
Order of Finish: 5, 6, 1*
1: #12 Lindsey Hodge/Wendy Zhang (RICE) v. Eva Alexandrova/Millie Stretton (UMD) - 5-4, unfinished
2: Fernanda Astete/Michaela Haet (RICE) def. Ekaterina Tour/Katsiaryna Yemelyanenka (UMD) - 6-0
3: Priya Niezgoda/Anna Bowtell (RICE) def. Saya Usui/Arnelle Sullivan (UMD) - 6-3
Order of Finish: 1, 3*