COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- The Maryland women's tennis team (10-12, 4-7 B1G) will travel to Minneapolis, Minnesota, to take part in the 2018 Big Ten Tournament this weekend. The Terrapins open play on Thursday against host Minnesota, with the match slated to get underway at 11:30 a.m. (ET).
LAST TIME OUT
The Terps split their final weekend set of the season, besting Indiana before falling to Purdue. The Terps topped the Hoosiers on Friday by a score of 4-3, but fell to the Boilermakers by the same score.
Maryland was paced by senior Ekaterina Tour, who posted a 4-0 record in doubles and singles play between the two matches. Both of Tour's singles victories were straight-set wins, with her final set in Sunday's regular season finale coming by a 6-0 margin.
Maryland will be participating in the conference championships for the third-consecutive season when the 2018 tournament begins on Thursday.
The Terps have only faced Illinois in the Big Ten Tournament, battling the Illini in each of the past two seasons. It is also the second-consecutive season Maryland meets the host school in its first matchup of the tournament.
Maryland has featured strong doubles play this season, earning the doubles point in 14 regular season matches this season. Maryland's doubles success has been led by its top pairing of Eva Alexandrova and Millie Stretton, who have earned 14 doubles victories this season. The Terps' top tandem lost just once in conference play and went undefeated against ranked opponents.
NO STOPPING STRETTON
Junior Millie Stretton has shined in her first season in College Park, joining the Terps after two seasons at Kansas State.
The Edinburgh, United Kingdom, native owns a 14-4 singles record to go along with a 14-3 doubles mark while playing at the top spot of Maryland's lineup.
Freshmen Eva Alexandrova and Zoe Kulkarni have been successful in bookending Maryland's singles lineup this season.
Playing at the top two spots of Maryland’s singles lineup, Alexandrova has 10 wins on the season, including three-straight wins to close out non-conference play. Alexandrova also has found success in doubles, posting a 14-2 record in doubles play at the top spot of Maryland's lineup.
Kulkarni has anchored Maryland’s singles lineup, claiming 10 wins on the season. She also has four Big Ten victories on the year.
Maryland enters the postseason after playing a challenging regular season slate.
The Terrapins faced six ranked opponents this season, including matches against No. 6 Pepperdine and No. 9 Northwestern.
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 winner of Maryland-Minnesota will go on to face top-seeded Northwestern on Friday.