Terps Beat North Carolina, Fall To Duke In Final Homestand

April 10, 2000

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The women's tennis team (7-9, 1-5 ACC) travels to North Carolina this weekend to face its last two ACC opponents. The Terps will be in Winston-Salem on Saturday to play the Demon Deacons of Wake Forest. Wake Forest is currently ranked third in national polls and stands at No. 1 in the ACC. The match is scheduled for 11 a.m. Maryland then squares off against NC State in Raleigh on Sunday at noon. The ACC Championships will be held in Atlanta, Ga., on April 20-23. Times will be announced at a later date.

Johnson Earns Team-High 11 Singles Victories

Jessica Johnson (Pittsburgh, Pa.) has had a stellar freshman campaign with the Terps, earning a team-high 11 singles victories. She has beaten several ranked opponents and has been a consistent performer in the No. 2 singles position. This past week she racked up two more ACC wins, defeating Christie Schweer of Virginia and North Carolina's Caroline Hill. Johnson also holds a 4-1 ACC record, positioning her as one of the top freshmen in the conference.

Delila Causevic (Silver Spring, Md.) is running a close second to Johnson, with 10 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 two ACC victories this past week against Virginia's Amy O'Donnell and North Carolina's Jessica Zaganczyk.

Johnson and Causevic have also spent the majority of the season as the No. 2 doubles pair. They have an overall doubles record of 4-5.

Terps Rout North Carolina and Earn First ACC Win

Maryland picked up its first ACC win this season when it defeated the North Carolina Tar Heels 5-4 on Saturday, April 8 in College Park. It was a grueling five-hour match and the decision came down to the No. 2 doubles match. Junior Chrissie Terrill (Plano, Tex.) and senior Stacy Walkowitz (Coral Springs, Fla.) defeated the Tar Heels' Kendrick Bunn and Kate Pinchbeck by a close score of 9-7 to secure the win. Terrill also won a hard-fought singles match against Pinchbeck by a 7-5, 7-6 decision. Other Maryland winners against North Carolina included Delila Causevic, Jessica Johnson and Catherine Valantin (Metz, France). This was an important win for Maryland and prepared them to face No. 13 Duke on Sunday.

High winds in College Park on Sunday forced the women's team inside the Tennis Bubble. The women ended their match early, playing only three singles matches before the match was decided in favor of Duke 5-0. Maryland forfeited a singles and doubles match, the other matches were not played.

In other ACC action this week, Maryland faced Virginia on Wednesday, April 5 in College Park. The Terps battled through another close match before losing to the Cavaliers 5-4. Valantin battled hard against Virginia's Amy O'Donnell. After a more than two-and-a-half hour match, through which she played with a recurring ankle injury, Valantin came out on top with a 6-4, 6-7, 6-4 victory.