Feb. 1, 2000
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - After starting off the season with a win over Missouri, the Terps will host two home dual matches on Saturday and Sunday. Maryland will meet West Virginia on Saturday at 1 p.m., the match will be played in Cumberland, Md. On Sunday, the Terps are back in action against Georgetown in the Tennis Bubble in College Park.
The last time Maryland met these two teams, the Terps reigned victorious with perfect scores of 9-0 for each match.
Freshmen Dominate in Singles and Doubles
The Terps were victorious against the Missouri Tigers in their first home competiton in the Tennis Bubble with a team score of 7-2. The Tigers are coached by former Maryland assistant, Blake Starkey, who is beginning his third year at Missouri.
Bursting onto the scene were freshmen Delila Causevic (Silver Spring, Md.) and Jessica Johnson (Pittsburgh, Pa.) competing in the No. 1 and 2 spots respectively. Both defeated their opponents and teamed up to capture a doubles win for the Terps.
Causevic defeated Missouri's Kristina Olshanskaya 6-1, 6-2 and Johnson followed with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Andrea Friedman. Causevic and Johnson teamed up in doubles to defeat Olshanskaya and Joni Jordan 8-4. This powerhouse duo entered the season in the No. 1 position providing an exciting pair to watch as both begin their collegiate tennis careers.
Causevic is an international player having competed on the 16-and-under Bosnian National Team. She also participated in the summer satellite tour and beat NCAA finalist Kylie Hunt from Kansas. Causevic has potential to be competitive on the national level and possibly become one of the top players in the country, according to head coach, Jim Laitta.
In her junior career, Johnson finished second in doubles in the country in girls 18s and 19th for singles losing only one match in her section.
Valantin, Terrill, Walkowitz Post Dual Match Wins
Terp veteran Stacy Walkowitz (Coral Springs, Fla.) began her senior campaign with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Missouri's Joni Jordan in the No. 5 spot. Juniors Catherine Valantin (Metz, France) and Chrissie Terrill (Plano, Tex.) also racked up their first dual match wins of the season. Valantin beat Marina Zelenovic 6-2, 6-2 and Terrill garnered a 6-3, 6-0 victory over Caitlin Thompson. Valantin and Terrill also competed in doubles and captured the last win of the day by defeating Thompson and Julie Thomas 8-4.
Terrill and Valantin are proving that they are a talented doubles pair in the No. 2 position. At the ACC Indoor Championships, they advanced to the quarterfinal round before losing to Wake Forest's Adria Engel and Bea Beilik 8-3.
Maryland Coach Jim Laitta
Jim Laitta begins a benchmark year in 2000 with his 10th season at Maryland. Arriving at Maryland in 1991, Laitta began his first season with a team that did not have any scholarship players. The 1998-99 season marked the first year that the program offered eight scholarships. Laitta has taken his team to the NCAA Tournament three times in four years.
In the last three years, Maryland has finished in the top half of the conference. The 1999 team achieved the ?triple crown? at the NCAA Tournament by competing as a team and in singles and doubles, this was the first time in the team's history that this was accomplished.
Prior to coming to Maryland, Laitta was the head women's coach at Mississippi State from 1989-90. Laitta played collegiately at Eastern Kentucky where he earned his degree in psychology in 1988.