Terps Outlast Mississippi, 4-3, In Home Opener

Feb. 3, 2007


COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The University of Maryland women's tennis team kept its unblemished dual record intact Saturday afternoon in its home opener with a hard-fought 4-3 victory over the Mississippi Rebels in a non-conference match played at the Tennis Center at College Park.

The Terps (3-0) came into the match ranked 33rd in the nation, while the Rebels (2-1) were No. 48 in this week's polls. Both teams showed they belonged among the nation's elite in a battle which came down to the wire.

Holding a 3-2 lead and needing a split in the final two singles matches, the Terps got the result they needed as Maggie MacKeever downed Mississippi's Carlin Cochran 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 at the No. 6 position just after Nika Koukhartchouk held off Maryland's Elyse Steiner in three sets (3-6, 6-2, 6-3) at No. 4.

The Terps set up the dramatic win by sweeping all three doubles matches to earn one point. Senior Marianne Baker and freshman Eleanor Peters, the No. 44th-ranked duo in the nation, downed Ilona Somers and Elizabeth Wood, 8-4, at the No. 1 position.

Baker, ranked No. 75 nationally, also captured her singles match, defeating Ksenia Tokarieva in straight sets 6-0, 6-3.

Sophomore Michal Amir kept her dual match record perfect at 3-0 this spring with a 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 win over Wood at the No. 3 position.

Somers dispatched Peters in the No. 1 singles match. Peters, who was battling flu-like symptoms, jumped ahead early, but eventually fell in three sets (5-7, 6-1, 6-0).

Soledad Podlipnik of Mississippi dropped freshman Lisa Miller 6-3, 6-1 at the No. 5 position.

The Terps will look to push their winning streak to four tomorrow as they play host to the West Virginia Mountaineers at 10 a.m. at the Tennis Center at College Park.