COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The No. 38 Maryland women’s tennis team will head to West Virginia on Saturday to take on No. 48 Marshall.
The 8-1 Terps have earned the best start to a spring season in program history, after winning two matches during their three match home stand last week.
LAST TIME OUT
Behind the strong play of Alexandra Stanova, the Terps knocked off Princeton 5-2 to move their season record to 8-1.
Stanova went undefeated on the day, picking up her sixth singles win of the season, while also improving her doubles record to 8-0. She has matched her singles win total from last season and her eight doubles wins is most on the team this spring.
Freshman Katsiaryna Yemelyanenka also shined in the victory, picking up a doubles win with Stanova and also winning a nail biter at fifth singles.
SCOUTING THE HERD
Marshall owns an 8-5 record on the season, with a 6-3 record on their home court.
The Herd has faced a handful of Big Ten opponents this season, and has picked up sweeps over Penn State, Wisconsin and Minnesota. They will come into the match riding a two-match winning streak, with victories over Winthrop and Miami (Ohio) last weekend.
Maddie Silver and Derya Turhan will lead the way for Marshall. Silver leads the team with a 10-2 singles record, while Turhan is closely behind at 9-3.
Live stats will be provided for the match which is slated to begin at noon on Saturday.
KEEPING UP WITH THE TERPS
After an extremely successful fall campaign, the Terps have not slowed down at all, starting the spring season with a 8-1 record. Maryland currently ranks No. 38 in the ITAs computerized rankings.
Maryland has benefited from the strong play of its doubles pairings this season, as the Terps have earned the doubles point eight consecutive matches.
The Terps’ fall campaign featured five doubles championships, including one by seniors Alexandra Stanova and Kristina Hovsepyan, who won the ITA Atlantic Regionals and advanced to ITA National Indoors in New York City. The duo has also shined this spring, with an impressive 5-0 record to start the season.
Sophomore Caroline Williams was a part of three of those doubles championships, teaming up with fellow sophomore Arnelle Sullivan to win the Bedford Cup, and then with junior Ekaterina Tour to win the Cissie Leary Invitational and the Kitty Harrison Invitational.
Maryland also had contributions from its two freshmen, Saya Usui and Katsiaryna Yemelyanenka. The two won their first collegiate doubles tournament when they took first place at the Tribe Invitational.
Maryland will come into the spring season featuring its first preseason-ranked singles player in five years. Junior Ekaterina Tour cracked the ITA Preseason Singles ranking, the first Terp to do so since Cristina Stancu in 2012. Tour was also ranked the No. 14 singles player in the Atlantic Region.
Teammates Alexandra Stanova and Kristina Hovsepyan were tabbed the No. 1 doubles duo in the Atlantic Region, and Stanova was named the No. 20 singles player in the Atlantic Region.
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