Terps Find Success At The 2002 Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championships

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Oct. 27, 2002

Pacific Palisades, Calif. --- Maryland's senior Delila Causevic (Sarajevo, Bosnia) and junior Emily Marker (Ann Arbor, Mich.) return home after an exciting week at the 2002 Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championships, held in the Pacific Palisades, California. Maryland's No. 25 ranked doubles duo advanced to the semifinals in doubles play, dominating top ranked opponents.

Maryland defeated Texas A&M's Ashley Hedberg and Jessica Roland, in the first round, 8-0. In the quarterfinals, the Terps upset the No. 3 doubles team in the nation, Arizona State's Adria Engel and Dora Krstulovic, 8-1. Maryland lost in the semifinals to eventual tournament champions, No. 1 ranked Sarah Riske and Aleke Tsoubanos, of Vanderbilt.

The Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championships is the first of three national collegiate tennis championships of the 2002-03 season. This premier hard court event is a stage for the top players in NCAA Division I tennis to compete at a national level in both singles and doubles events.

Causevic and Marker's 2002 doubles finish surpassed their 2001 quarterfinal appearance, where they lost to Old Dominion. The two also competed individually in the singles draw at the Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championships. However, both came up short from qualifying into the main draw.

The Terps will send Causevic, Marker and their teammates senior Marta Jedrzejak (Sieradz, Poland) and freshman Romona But (Timisoara, Romania) to the 2002 Omni Hotels/ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships, on Oct. 23.

Doubles Results

First Round:
Delila Causevic/Emily Marker (Maryland) def. Ashley Hedberg/Jessica Roland (Texas A&M), 8-0

Delila Causevic/Emily Marker (Maryland) def. (3) Adria Engel/Dora Krstulovic (Arizona State), 8-1

(1) Sarah Riske/Aleke Tsoubanos (Vanderbilt) def. Delila Causevic/Emily Marker (Maryland), 8-3