COLLEGE PARK, MD - Olga Gaistruk came back from a set down to win her match and clinch the Maryland women’s tennis team’s 4-3 victory over N.C. State at the Tennis Center at College Park Sunday afternoon.
The season finale also saw Kristina Hovsepyan recover from a set deficit to notch a win for the Terps (9-12, 4-10 ACC).
"I think heading into ACC’s it is important [to win], but it’s a good way to finish our season,” head coach Daria Panova said. “It’s always good to win your last match no matter where you’re heading afterwards.”
The doubles session saw the Terps draw first blood when Welma Luus and Nataliya Bredikhina defeated Joelle Kissell and Sophie Nelson, 8-5. Liza Fieldsend and Rachael James-Baker responded for the Wolfpack, taking down Alexandra Stanova and Olivia Gaudreault by the same score.
The point would come down to the action on court three. After a back-and-forth affair, Olga Gaistruk’s floating ball fell in during a deciding tiebreak to give her and Kristina Hovsepyan an 8-7 (7-3) win over Elisha Hande.
The Wolfpack controlled the early portion of singles play. James-Baker and Fieldsend continued their strong form from doubles as each took out a Bredikhina sister to give NC State a 2-1 lead.
Hovsepyan’s comeback win started a three-match run for the Terps. The freshman’s 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 victory was followed by Luus’ second win of the weekend. The redshirt junior defeated Nicole Martinez, 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (7-3).
That set the stage for Gaistruk, who after a tough first set, asserted herself against Nelson and eventually pulled off a 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 victory to win the match for Maryland.
The Terps head to the 2014 ACC Championship this week at Cary Tennis Park in Cary, N.C. The Terps will begin play on Wednesday against Wake Forest.
Maryland 4, NC State 3
Doubles Results1. Luus/Bredikhina (MD) def. Kissell/Nelson (NCST), 8-5
2. Fieldsend/James-Baker (NCST) def Stanova/Gaudreault (MD), 8-5
3. Hovsepyan/Gaistruk (MD) def Hande/Martinez (NCST), 8-6 (7-3)
Order of Finish: 1, 2, 3
Singles Results1. Kissell (NCST) def. Stanova (MD), 7-6 (8-6), 0-6, 6-4
2. James-Baker (NCST) def. N. Bredikhina (MD), 6-3, 6-3
3. Luus (MD) def Martinez (NCST), 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (7-3)
4. Hovsepyan (MD) def. Hande (NCST), 3-6, 6-2, 6-4
5. Fieldsend (NCST) def O. Bredikhina (MD), 6-3, 7-5
6. Gaistruk (MD) def. Nelson (NCST), 4-6, 6-3, 6-3
Order of Finish: 2, 5, 4, 3, 6, 1