Women's Tennis Opens Fall Season At William & Mary Invitational

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Sept. 20, 2002

Williamsburg, VA-- The University of Maryland women's tennis team opened their 2002 fall season with an impressive showing at the 10th Annual William & Mary Invitational. Maryland notched eight singles wins and one doubles win during the first day of the tournament. The Terps were led by returners senior No. 36 Delila Causevic (Sarajevo, Bosnia), Marta Jedrzejak (Sieradz, Poland)and juniors, No. 88 Emily Marker (Ann Arbor, Mich.) and Chloe Chavardes (St. Nomlabreteche, France). Additionally, the Invitational gave the 2002 freshmen class, comprised of Ramona But (Timisoara, Romania), Andreea Fusea (Bucharest, Romania) and Jennifer Dent (Safety Harbor, FL), its first collegiate level experience. At the conclusion of day one, Fusea remains the only Terp standing in both singles and doubles play.

Causevic, a three-time All-ACC selection and 2002 NCAA participant, represented Maryland in the top "Williams" Singles Flight. She fell to Marshall's Jessica Johnson is three sets, 6-7 (0), 6-4, 6-1. Marker also fell in the "Williams" Flight, to Penn's No. 14 Alice Pirsu, 6-2, 6-1. Both athletes won their consolation matches for day one.

In the "Mary" Singles Flight, freshman But defeated William & Mary's Lena Sherbakov, 6-2, 6-4 in the first round. In the quarterfinals, But lost to Miami's Melissa Applebaum, 6-4, 6-4. In the "Green" Singles Flight, Jedrzejak defeated Richmond's Lindsay Cox, 6-3, 7-6 (4). Unfortunately, Jedrzejak dropped her quarterfinals match to Virginia Commonwealth's Ana Franco Lopez, 6-4, 6-0.

In the "Gold" Singles flight, Wake Forest's Aimee Smith defeated Maryland's Dent, 6-2, 6-3. Dent won her consolation match in three sets in a come-from-behind victory. Teammate Chavardes defeated Temple's Laura Sieverling, 6-1, 7-5 in the "Silver" Singles Flight. However, she lost the quarterfinals match to Miami's Ewelina Skaza, 6-4, 7-5.

Fusea rounded off the "Tribe" Singles Flight with a win over Virginia Tech's Meredith Holmes, 6-3, 6-1. In the quarterfinals, Fusea notched a 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 win over Old Dominion Coralie Hermann. Fusea becomes the only Terp to move on to the semifinal round which will be played out tomorrow at 1 p.m.

On the doubles side, the No. 25 team of Causevic and Marker lost to Penn's Shelah Chao and Pirsu, 8-5 in Flight A Doubles. In Flight B, Chavardes and Dent lost to Leila Cehajic and Eldina Fazlic (Illinois), 8-6. Maryland's team of Fusea and Jedrzejak recorded a 9-7 win over Miami's Sihem Bennacer and Skaza. The duo returns for quarterfinals doubles action tomorrow at 9 a.m.

Individual Results:

"William" Singles Flight
#14 Alice Pirsu (Penn) d. #88 Emily Marker (MD); 6-2, 6-1
#82 Jessica Johnson (Mar) d. #36 Delila Causevic (MD); 6-7 (0), 6-4, 6-1

#88 Marker (MD) d. Stubbs (VT); 6-2, 6-1
#36 Causevic (MD) d. Ashley (BC); 6-1, 6-0

"Mary" Singles Flight
Ramona But (MD) d. Lena Sherbakov (WM); 6-2, 6-4

#97 Applebaum (Miami) d. But (MD); 6-4, 6-4

"Green" Singles Flight
Marta Jedrzejak (MD) d. Lindsay Cox (UR) ; 6-3, 7-6 (4)

Lopez (VCU) d. Jedrzejak (MD); 6-4, 6-0

"Gold" Singles Flight
Aimee Smith (WF) d. Jennifer Dent (MD); 6-2, 6-3

Dent (MD) d. Sotiriu (ODU); 0-6, 6-2, 6-2

"Silver" Singles Flight
Chloe Chavardes (MD) d. Laura Sieverling (Temple); 6-1, 7-5

Skaza (Miami) d. Chavardes (MD); 6-4, 7-5

"Tribe" Singles Flight
Andrea Fusea (MD) d. Meredith Holmes (VT); 6-3, 6-1

Fusea (MD) d. Hermann (ODU); 5-7, 6-4, 6-3

Flight A Doubles
Chao/Pirsu (Penn) d. #25 Causevic/Marker (MD); 8-5

Flight B Doubles
Cehajic/Fazlic (IL) d. Chavardes/Dent (MD); 8-6

Flight C Doubles
Fusea/Jedrzejak (MD) d. Bennacer/Skaza (Miami); 9-7