Yellow Jackets Slip Past Terps

March 24, 2012


COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Despite getting wins at No. 1 and 2 singles, the No. 73 Maryland women's tennis team lost to No. 21 Georgia Tech, 4-3, Friday afternoon at the Cole Field House Tennis Courts. No. 41 Cristina Stancu defeated 22nd-ranked Jillian O'Neill and junior Ana Belzunce dispatched of 86th-ranked Elizabeth Kilborn at the No. 1 and No. 2 positions, respectively.

After the Yellow Jackets swept doubles and picked up a point with a win at No. 6 singles, Belzunce got the Terps (6-8, 0-4 ACC) on the board with straight set victory over Kilborn. It is Belzunce's 10th win in dual action and her second over a ranked foe.

Junior Vroni Van Berlo tied the match with a 7-5, 6-3 win over Viet Ha Ngo before Stancu rallied to defeat O'Neill in three sets. After dropping the first set, Stancu bounced back with 6-2 wins in the second and third sets to earn her seventh victory of the year over a ranked opponent.

Georgia Tech tied the match at three with a win at No. 5 singles setting the stage for the decisive match at the No. 4 spot. Sophomore Welma Luus won the opening set over Jasmine Minor, 7-5. Minor won a second-set tiebreaker to keep the match alive and bested Luus in a super-set to seal the win.

Maryland is back in action Sunday, March 25 at noon, against No. 22 Clemson. The match is scheduled to be played at the Cole Field House Tennis Court weather permitting. If it rains prior to the start, the match will be moved indoors to the College Park Tennis Center.

#21 Georgia Tech 4, #73 Maryland 3

Singles competition
1. #41 Cristina Stancu (MD) def. #22 Jillian O'Neill (GT) 2-6, 6-2, 6-2
2. Ana Belzunce (MD) def. #86 Elizabeth Kilborn (GT) 6-3, 6-2
3. Vroni Van Berlo (MD) def. Viet Ha Ngo (GT) 7-5, 6-3
4. Jasmine Minor (GT) def. Welma Luus (MD) 5-7, 7-6 (7-5), 1-0 (12-10)
5. Alex Anghelescu (GT) def. Mikele Irazusta (MD) 6-1, 3-6, 6-2
6. Lynn Blau (GT) def. Jordan Hansbrough (MD) 6-2, 6-3

Doubles competition
1. #9 Jillian O'Neill/Alex Anghelescu (GT) def. #20 Ana Belzunce/Welma Luus (MD) 8-6
2. Lynn Blau/Elizabeth Kilborn (GT) def. Cristina Stancu/Vroni Van Berlo (MD) 8-2
3. Murial Wacker/Viet Ha Ngo (GT) def. Mikele Irazusta/Jordan Hansbrough (MD) 8-7 (7-4)

Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (6,2,3,1,5,4)

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