April 18, 2000
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - After finishing the regular season with two ACC wins, the women's tennis team (8-10, 2-6 ACC) is preparing for the ACC Championships. The tournament will be held at the Racquet Club of the South in Norcross, Ga. this weekend. Play begins on Thursday, April 20 and runs through April 23. Maryland will go into the tournament as the No.7 seed and will play No. 2 Duke Friday, April 21 at noon. In 1999, the Terps fell 5-3 to North Carolina in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals. The team then advanced to the first round of the NCAA Tournament where they were defeated by Mississippi 5-0.
Freshmen Duo Leads Team in Singles VictoriesJessica Johnson (Pittsburgh, Pa.) has had a stellar freshman campaign with the Terps, earning a team-high 12 singles victories. She has beaten several ranked opponents and has been a consistent performer in the No. 2 singles position. Johnson also had a successful fall season, earning eight singles victories. She reached the fourth round of the singles bracket at the 1999 Women's ITA Eastern Region Championships in November. She defeated William & Mary's Delphine Troch who was the No. 2 seed. Troch is currently ranked 53rd by the ITA. Johnson also defeated No. 78 Shareen Lai from Syracuse in a spring dual match.
Johnson's most recent victory was April 16 against NC State. Johnson is hoping to be considered to compete in the singles portion of the NCAA tournament. That decision will be made after ACC Championships.
Delila Causevic (Silver Spring, Md.) is running a close second to Johnson, with 11 singles victories on the season. She has competed most of the spring in the No. 1 position and promises to be one of the strongest players in the ACC. Causevic earned another ACC win on April 16 against NC State. Johnson and Causevic have also spent the majority of the season as the No. 1 doubles pair. They have an overall doubles record of 4-6.
Maryland Finishes Regular Season With an ACC Victory Over NC State
The Terps defeated the Wolfpack on Sunday in Raleigh, N.C. by a close 5-4 decision. Despite having to forfeit three matches, the Terps held the Wolfpack (5-14, 0-8 ACC) to only one singles win.
Jessica Johnson won her match in the No. 2 singles position, her 12th this season. She defeated Brie Glover 6-2, 6-5. Delila Causevic was victorious at No. 1 and earned a win over Marissa Gildemeister in a tough three-set match. The final score was 6-0, 4-6, 6-1. Causevic and Johnson competed together in the No. 1 doubles position but defaulted the match to Glover and Myrna Bawono. Senior Stacy Walkowitz (Coral Springs, Fla.) won at the No. 3 singles position with a 6-5, 7-6 decision over Bawono. Junior Chrissie Terrill (Plano, Tex.) defeated Loni Worsley 6-0, 6-1 at the No. 4 position. Walkowitz and Terrill earned their third consecutive doubles win Sunday when they defeated Gildemeister and Worsley 8-1 at No. 2.