Jan. 25, 2007
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland women's tennis team will hit the road this weekend for its spring season opener, facing Yale and Syracuse in New York.
After a two-month break, the Terps are gearing up for what they hope is a third-straight trip to the NCAA Championships.
Maryland will face Yale at 10 a.m. Saturday and Syracuse at 10 a.m. Sunday at the Skytop Tennis Courts on the Syracuse campus. Yale finished the 2005-06 season third in the Ivy League, while the Orangemen finished seventh in the Big East Conference. This is also the first dual match of the season for both Yale and Syracuse.
Maryland returns six letterwinners from the 2005-06 team, including 2006 NCAA participant Marianne Baker, and added four highly-recruited freshmen. This year's freshmen class was ranked sixth in the nation.
During the fall season, Baker, a senior captain, and freshman Eleanor Peters reached the finals of the ITA East Regionals, before falling to Megan Moulton-Levy and Katarina Zoricic of William & Mary, 8-5. Baker and Peters posted an 11-4 doubles record in the fall.
Peters posted a 9-4 singles record in the four fall tournaments and won a golden ball in December at the Women's Indoor National Tennis Championships.
Sophomore Michal Amir had a 7-2 singles mark in the fall and Baker went 7-6.
This spring the Terps will face four teams that ended last year ranked among the top-60 in the country.
Maryland was one of nine ACC teams to reach the 2006 NCAA Championships and ended the year tied for 35th nationally.