April 1, 2012
CORAL GABLES, Fla. - Sophomore Cristina Stancu defeated 18th-ranked Anna Bartenstein of Miami for her second victory over a top-20 opponent this spring, but the No. 5 Hurricanes knocked off the No. 69 Maryland women's tennis team, 5-2, Sunday afternoon at the Neil Schiff Tennis Center.
In the final match of the afternoon, 31st-ranked Stancu rebounded from an opening-set loss to force a third set with 6-2 victory in the second. Stancu and Bartenstein played a back-and-forth final set that concluded with a 7-5 tiebreaker in favor of the Romanian. The win is Stancu's 20th of the year and 12th of the season. The sophomore is 7-4 against ranked opponents.
After the Hurricanes swept doubles, sophomore Welma Luus earned the Terps other victory of the match at the No. 5 position when Melissa Bolivar retired due to injury with Luus leading, 5-4, in the first set.
Maryland (6-11, 0-7 ACC) returns to College Park this weekend for the final two home matches of the season against Wake Forest and NC State. The Terps face the Demon Deacons Thursday, April 5 at 2 p.m., and take on the Wolfpack Sunday, April 8 at noon. Both matches will be played at the Cole Field House Tennis Courts.
#5 Miami 5, #69 Maryland 2
1. #31 Cristina Stancu (MD) def. #18 Anna Bartenstein (UM) 3-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7-5)
2. #26 Gabriela Mejia (UM) def. Ana Belzunce (MD) 6-1, 6-2
3. #111 Lina Lileikite (UM) def. Vroni Van Berlo (MD) 6-3, 6-4
4. Welma Luus (MD) def. Melissa Bolivar (UM) 5-4, retired
5. Liat Zimmerman (UM) def. Mikele Irazusta (MD) 4-6, 7-5, 1-0 (10-3)
6. Brittany Dubins (UM) def. Jordan Hansbrough (MD) 6-0, 6-1
1. #24 Melissa Bolivar/Liat Zimmerman (UM) def. #15 Ana Belzunce/Welma Luus (MD) 8-3
2. #37 Gabriela Mejia/Lina Lileikite (UM) def. Cristina Stancu/Vroni Van Berlo (MD) 8-3
3. Anna Bartenstein/Brittany Dubins (UM) def. Jordan Hansbrough/Mikele Irazusta (MD) 8-4
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (4,2,6,3,5,1)
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