April 13, 2012
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland women's tennis team concludes its regular season slate on Tobacco Road against No. 3 Duke and No. 5 North Carolina this weekend. First serve for the Terps and Tar Heels is scheduled for 11 a.m., Saturday, April 14. The Terps and Blue Devils are set for a 12 p.m. match on Sunday, April 15.
Last Time Out
The Terps (7-12, 1-8 ACC) split two conference matches against No. 75 NC State and Wake Forest last week. Against the Demon Deacons on Friday, Maryland won 9 of 10 matches en route to a 6-1 victory. At No. 1 singles, No. 28 Cristina Stancu defeated No. 68 Kayla Duncan in straight sets for her eighth victory over a ranked opponent this year.
Against the Wolfpack, the Terps fell in the final match of the day on the No. 3 court. Junior Vroni Van Berlo and NC State's Ashley Miller battled for three sets, all of which went to a tiebreaker, with Miller pulling out a 7-2 win in the third-set tiebreaker.
Stancu climbed three spots in the rankings this week to crack the top 30 after going 1-1 last week. Stancu is 13-6 this spring and 7-2 in conference action. Her loss to No. 30 Joelle Kissell of NC State on Sunday snapped a four-match winning streak.
In doubles, 26th-ranked Ana Belzunce and Welma Luus are 9-10 this season at the No. 1 position. Stancu and Van Berlo have been strong on the No. 2 court. With two wins over the weekend, the tandem is 6-3 in conference action.
Duke leads the all-time series 37-2 over Maryland. The Terps 4-3 victory in Durham on April 10, 2005, was Maryland's last win over the Blue Devils.
North Carolina is 37-3 against the Terps all-time. Maryland's last win in the series came in 2000 in College Park. The Terps knocked off the Tar Heels, 5-4.
Live scoring will be available for the North Carolina match through TarHeelBlue.com.
|No. 3 Duke Blue Devils (20-2, 9-0 ACC)|
The Blue Devils defeated North Carolina, 4-0, Thursday to gain sole possession of first place in the ACC. Duke's only two losses have come against No. 1 UCLA and No. 2 Florida.
All six of Duke's starters are ranked nationally led by second-ranked Beatrice Capra. Capra defeated 34th-ranked Lauren McHale of North Carolina in straight sets Thursday to run her winning streak to 10. Capra is 22-3 this year and 16-1 in dual action.
In doubles, 27th-ranked Mary Clayton and Ester Goldfeld are 7-5 at the No. 1 spot, while 28th-ranked Capra and Rachel Kahan are 14-5 this spring and 11-2 on the No. 2 court.
|No. 5 North Carolina Tar Heels (18-5, 8-1 ACC)|
The Tar Heels 13-match winning streak came to an end at Duke Thursday. It marked North Carolina's first loss outdoors this season.
In singles, the Tar Heels feature four players ranked nationally. No. 34 Lauren McHale is 11-8 this spring splitting time between the No. 1 and No. 2 courts. When McHale is not occupying the top spot in the order, No. 37 Zoe De Bruycker plays on the No. 1 court. De Bruycker is 10-4 at the No. 1 position.
In doubles, second-ranked Shinann Featherston and McCale fell to Duke's 27th-ranked tandem of Mary Clayton and Ester Goldfeld Thursday. It was only the duo's third loss this season and their first conference loss.