Terps Lose Tight Match to Tigers

Feb. 11, 2012


PRINCETON, N.J. - Freshman Mikele Irazusta and junior Vroni Van Berlo each tallied wins for the Terps, but the Maryland women's tennis team lost five matches that either went to a tiebreak or an extra game as the Terrapins lost to Princeton, 5-2, Saturday afternoon at Jadwin Gymnasium.

For Irazusta, it was her second consecutive win at No. 6 singles to improve her record to 3-3. The Argentine knocked off Princeton's Monica Chow after losing the opening set.

Van Berlo made her first appearance at No. 4 singles Saturday and defeated the Tigers' Katherine Flanigan, 6-4, 1-6, 7-5.

"I thought Princeton played a good match," said head coach Dianne Matias. "We have to do a better job of taking advantage of our opportunities and becoming more comfortable playing these away matches. We just need to become tougher."

The 41st-ranked Terps (2-4, 0-1 ACC) and 51st-ranked Tigers split No. 1 and No. 2 doubles to start the match. With the doubles point hanging in the balance, 55th-ranked Katie Goepel and Rachel Saiontz of Princeton defeated sophomore Cristina Stancu and Van Berlo, 9-7, to put the Tigers in front.

Princeton carried the momentum into singles and won the first three matches to clinch the victory. Both 28th-ranked Stancu and junior Ana Belzunce lost close matches that required tiebreakers at No. 1 and 2 singles, respectively.

Maryland is back in action tomorrow. The Terps take on Penn at noon on Sunday.