Oct. 25, 2011
NORFOLK, Va. - The Maryland women's tennis team swept the championships at the United States Tennis Association/Intercollegiate Tennis Association (USTA/ITA) Atlantic Regional Tuesday winning both the singles title and doubles title. With a three-set victory, sophomore Cristina Stancu captured the singles championship, and junior Ana Belzunce and sophomore Welma Luus won the doubles crown. All three Terps earned an automatic berth to the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships. It marks the first time Maryland will compete in the event.
"I'm really proud of how everyone on the team competed at this tournament," said head coach Dianne Matias. "Tina (Cristina) displayed tremendous passion and tenacity in every match. She fought hard and played like a champion. I'm looking forward to seeing her do great things this coming season."
Stancu defeated Virginia's Hana Tomljanovic in three sets, 6-2, 1-6, 6-0, to pick up her sixth victory of the season. In the doubles final, Belzunce and Luus had an 8-4 win over the Cavaliers' Tomljanovic and Emily Fraser.
"Ana and Welma played very smart today," said Matias. "They had a solid performance the whole tournament. I'm happy to see their hard work paying off."
The USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships begin Friday, Nov. 3 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y. The tournament is hosted by Columbia University.