Terps Host VCU for Saturday Showdown

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- The Maryland women's tennis (3-3, 0-0 B1G) concludes its three match homestand this weekend when it hosts non-conference for VCU at the JTCC on Saturday. 

The Terrapins enter the weekend winners of back-to-back matches after sweeping a weekend series against Long Beach State and George Washington. 


Maryland swept its weekend against Long Beach State and George Washington last weekend. The Terps beat the Beach 5-2 to open the weekend and followed it up with a dominant, 6-1 victory over the Colonials. 

Freshman Eva Alexandrova led the way for head coach Daria Panova's squad, posting an impressive 4-0 record between doubles and singles play in the two matches. 

Maryland's two wins improved its home record to 3-0 this season. A win over VCU this weekend would give Maryland its first 4-0 home start since the 2014-15 season. 


VCU enters the weekend following a 7-0 victory over Howard on Thursday. The win improved the Rams' record to 7-2 on the year, with their lone losses coming to Old Dominion and Florida Atlantic. 

The Rams experimented with some changes to their singles lineup on Thursday, moving freshman Paola Exposito Diaz Delgado into the top spot of their lineup.

Anna Rasmussen and Melissa Ifidzhen have been recognized for their strong starts to the 2017-18 campaign. They enter the weekend the reigning A-10 Co-Player of the Week and Rookie of the Week respectively. 


Kansas State transfer Millie Stretton has impressed in the early stages of Maryland's spring season. 

The junior owns a 4-0 singles record to go along with a 3-1 doubles mark while playing with partner Eva Alexandrova in the top spot of Maryland's lineup. 


Eva Alexandrova has led Maryland's freshman class this spring, earning a 4-1 record between the number one and two spots in Maryland's singles lineup.

Alexandrova's success earned her the No. 82 ranking in the most recent installment of the ITA Rankings. 

The Russia native also has a 3-1 record in doubles play while playing in the number one spot with teammate Millie Stretton.


Three Terrapin singles players enter the weekend with winning streaks in singles play. 

Millie Stretton leads the pack with four-consecutive wins, followed by Eva Alexandrova, who has three-straight victories. 

Freshman Zoe Kulkarni rounds out the group with back-to-back singles wins following a 2-0 record last weekend. 

Maryland's doubles duos of Ekaterina Tour and Katsiaryna Yemelyanenka, along with Stretton and Alexandrova also enter the weekend winners of three and two-consecutive matches respectively. 


After guiding Maryland to its best season in program histroy, head coach Daria Panova was named the 2017 Wilson/ITA Atlantic Region Coach of the Year. 

She also coached Maryland's doubles duo of Kristina Hovsepyan and Alexandra Stanova to the ITA National Indoor Tournament after the two were victorious at ITA Atlantic Regionals. 

Panova also earned her 50th career victory at Maryland last season after the Terrapins topped Minnesota. 


Maryland's 2018 roster features student-athletes from six countries outside of the United States. 

The Terps currently have representatives from Belarus, Israel, Japan, Russia, Ukraine and the United Kingdom. 


Maryland will meet a pair of Ivy League foes when it battles Princeton and Columbia on Mar. 2 and 3.