Feb. 7, 2000
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - After the women's tennis team notched three home victories against Missouri, West Virginia and Georgetown, the team prepares to hit the road for the first time during the regular season. The Terps will travel this weekend to South Bend, Ind., to face Notre Dame on Friday at 3:30 p.m. On Saturday, the team will compete against Illinois at 10 a.m., also in South Bend. The team will be looking to raise its record to 5-0 after finding success at home.
Date: Feb. 11, 2000
Time: 3:30 p.m.
Site: South Bend, Ind.
Date: Feb. 12, 2000
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Site: South Bend, Ind.
Date: Feb. 18, 2000
Time: 3:30 p.m.
Site: Bloomington, Ind.
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Terps Begin Duals With Three Straight Victories
The women's tennis team has proved early in the season to be a solid team after winning three consecutive matches at home. Coming off of its first victory against Missouri, the team turned in two more victories on Saturday and Sunday defeating two Big East opponents, West Virginia (0-2, 0-0) and Georgetown (0-1, 0-0), 7-2. Although a home match, the team traveled to Cumberland, Md., to face West Virginia on Saturday. The Terps returned to College Park on Sunday for the match against local rival Georgetown.
West Virginia Gives The Terps A Second Defeat
Filling the No. 1 and 2 positions are freshmen Delila Causevic (Silver Spring, Md.) and Jessica Johnson (Pittsburgh, Pa.) respectively. Causevic set the pace by defeating Ellie Earles 6-2, 6-3. Johnson won by a score of 7-5, 6-3 against West Virginia's Shannon Price. Junior Catherine Valantin (Metz, France) earned a victory in the No. 3 spot over Meghan Cornwall 6-2, 6-2. Rounding out the lineup were junior Chrissie Terrill (Plano, Tex.) and senior Stacy Walkowitz (Coral Springs, Fla.). Terrill defeated Anna Maria Underwood 6-1, 6-1 and Walkowitz won 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 over Emma Jereiejczyk.
In doubles competition, Causevic/Johnson defeated Earles/Price 8-3. Duo Terrill/Valantin also notched a win against Cornwall and Tracy Wolfe 8-1.
Georgetown Hands Maryland Third Home Win Losing 7-2 To The Terps
The Terps ended a three-match homestand Sunday defeating Georgetown (0-1, 0-0 Big East) 7-2 in the Tennis Bubble. Maryland continues to ride high this season with two talented freshmen at the top of the lineup. Delila Causevic remains undefeated in the No. 1 position after defeating Sarada Ravindra 6-2, 6-0. Jessica Johnson defeated Megan Crotty by a score of 6-3, 6-0. Moving up to the No. 3 spot, junior Chrissie Terrill won by a score of 6-1, 6-0 over Missy Mendes, and junior Catherine Valantin defeated Lauren Mendes 6-2, 6-1. Senior Stacy Walkowitz earned a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Caroline Marshall in the No. 5 position.
Both doubles pairs found success against Georgetown. Causevic/Johnson rolled over sisters Sarada and Lakshmi Ravindra 8-3. Terrill/Valantin won 8-0 over Hadley Muckerman and Kim Wattrick.
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.