Terps Topple Spiders

Feb. 24, 2013

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland women's tennis team rebounded from a tough doubles defeat to sweep all six singles matches and defeat Richmond, 6-1, at the Tennis Center at College Park Sunday afternoon.

After giving away the doubles decision, the Terrapins (4-3, 0-1 ACC) recovered and showed the energy they lacked the against Columbia to take all six singles matches from the Spiders (3-6, 2-0 Atlantic 10).

Senior Vroni Van Berlo and freshman Sarah Gealer, playing their first match together at No. 1 doubles, started the Terps off strong with a runaway 8-3 victory over Melissa Kandinata and Katya Salas. The Terps looked to have the doubles point locked up, but the freshmen team of Gabriela Srodowski and Olga Gaistruk gave the Spiders life, dropping five straight games to lose 9-7 to Elizabeth Sims and Anna Abadias-Morales.

With the score knotted at 1-1, freshmen Olga and Nataliya Bredikhina had the opportunity to secure the point, but squandered a 7-5 lead, and lost by the same score in the deciding tiebreak.

In singles, the Terrapins showed their resolve and ran away from Richmond with six singles victories. Van Berlo won her seventh match of the year at No. 1 singles, 7-5, 6-4, over Kandinata. Gealer moved up to the No. 2 singles position and responded with a good performance, knocking off Abidias Morales, 6-3, 7-5.

Srodowski translated her strong finish against Columbia into a quick finish against the Spiders, her 6-1, 6-4 triumph the first match off the court.

Maryland is now 4-1 in dual matches at home this season, and has only lost 10 of 45 matches in College Park.

The Terrapins hit the road for their next match, taking on No. 49 VCU next Friday. Play is scheduled to begin from the Thalhimer Tennis Center at 3 p.m.

Doubles Competition

No. 1 Vroni Van Berlo/Sarah Gealer (MD) def. Melissa Kandinata/Katya Salas (RICH) 8-3

No. 2 Elizabeth Sims and Anna Abadias-Morales (RICH) def. Olga Bredikhina/Nataliya Bredikhina (MD) 9-8 (7-5)

No. 3 Emily Gitman/Mariana Arana (RICH) def. Gabriela Srodowski/Olga Gaistruk (MD) 9-7

Order of Finish: 1, 3, 2

Single Competition

No. 1 Vroni Van Berlo (MD) def. Melissa Kandinata (RICH) 7-5, 6-4

No. 2 Sarah Gealer (MD) def. Anna Abadias-Morales (RICH) 6-3, 7-5

No. 3 Olga Bredikhina (MD) def. Katya Salas (RICH) 6-2, 6-2

No. 4 Olga Gaistruk (MD) def. Elizabeth Sims (RICH) 6-7 (7-2), 6-0 (10-2)

No. 5 Nataliya Bredikhina (MD) def. Emily Gitman (RICH) 6-2, 6-2

No. 6 Gabriela Srodowski (MD) def. Mariana Arama (RICH) 6-1, 6-4

Order of Finish: 6, 1, 3, 5, 4, 2