COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- The Maryland women's tennis team (7-9, 1-4 B1G) will return home this weekend to take on a pair of Big Ten foes. The Terps will host the Iowa Hawkeyes on Saturday, followed by a match with Nebraska on Sunday. Both matches will be at the Junior Tennis Champions Center in College Park , with select courts streaming here. Live stats will also be provided.
LAST TIME OUT
Maryland dropped a pair of matches against ranked foes last weekend, falling to No. 9 Northwestern and No. 11 Illinois.
Freshman Zoe Kulkarni impressed in the two matches, winning both of her singles matches. She now has nine singles wins on the year, including three conference wins. She has also won three matches in a row.
SCOUTING THE HAWKEYES
Iowa (9-10, 1-5 B1G) enters the weekend losers of four matches in a row. The Hawkeyes' lone Big Ten win came against Michigan State, defeating the Spartans by a score of 4-3.
The Hawkeyes will be led by sophomore Elise van Heuvelen, who was the 2017 Big Ten Freshman of the Year. Van Heuvelen is one half of Iowa's top doubles team, which is currently ranked No. 47 in the country. She is also 12-7 on the year between the top two spots in Iowa's singles lineup.
SCOUTING THE HUSKERS
No. 38 Nebraska (14-5, 3-3 B1G) will take on Rutgers Friday afternoon before heading to College Park on Sunday. The Huskers enter the weekend winners of two of their last three matches, beating Penn State and Indiana while falling to Purdue. They have been ranked as high as No. 21 in the country this season.
Claire Reifeis will lead the charge for the Huskers. Reifeis owns a 12-3 record on the year, including a 7-3 mark at the second doubles position. The sophomore has also posted a 10-3 doubles record on the year.
Maryland has dominated in doubles action this spring, winning the doubles point in 10 of their 16 matches this season. The Terps top doubles pairing of Eva Alexandrova and Millie Stretton have had a solid start to the year, posting a 10-2 record in the No. 1 doubles position. They have also won six decisions in a row.
NO STOPPING STRETTON
Kansas State transfer Millie Stretton has thrived in the early stages of Maryland’s spring season.
The junior owns a 10-3 singles record in the third singles position to go along with a 10-2 doubles line while playing with partner Eva Alexandrova in the top spot of Maryland’s lineup.
Playing at the top two spots of Maryland’s singles lineup, Alexandrova has seven wins on the season, including three-straight wins to close out non-conference play. Alexandrova also has found success in doubles, starting the season with a 10-2 record at the top doubles position.
Kulkarni has anchored Maryland’s singles lineup, claiming nine wins on the season. Kulkarni also has three Big Ten victories on the year and enters the weekend with three-consecutive victories.
HOME COURT ADVANTAGE
Maryland has found success on its home court this season, winners of five of their first six home matches this season.
The Terps have won 14 of their last 18 home matches dating back to last season.
After guiding Maryland to its best season in program history, head coach Daria Panova was named the 2017 Wilson/ITA Atlantic Region Coach of the Year.
Panova 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.
The Terps will travel to Michigan to wrap up their 2017-18 road schedule. Maryland will take on Michigan on Saturday, Apr. 14, followed by a match at Michigan State on Sunday, Apr. 15.