Feb. 17, 2012
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The 51st-ranked Maryland women's tennis team (3-4, 0-1 ACC) heads south this weekend to face 60th-ranked William and Mary Sunday, Feb. 19 at 1 p.m. at the McCormack-Nagelsen Tennis Center.
Junior Ana Belzunce entered the Campbell's ITA College Tennis Rankings at No. 99 this week. Belzunce is 5-2 this season and has won three of her past four matches including two victories over ranked opponents.
Sophomore Cristina Stancu is ranked 46th and is 4-3 at the No. 1 position for the Terps.
After starting the season 1-3 at No. 6 singles, freshman Mikele Irazusta has won three matches in a row, while junior Vroni Van Berlo has won two consecutive matches since moving to No. 4.
In doubles, Belzunce and sophomore Welma Luus have climbed from No. 37 to No. 20 in this week's poll. Of the duo's four wins, three have come against ranked foes.
Since adjusting the lineup on Feb. 3 against Boston College, senior Jordan Hansbrough and Irazusta have gone 3-1 at No. 2, and have won three in a row.
Last Time Out
The Terps won eight-of-nine matches en route to a 7-0 defeat of Penn. Maryland swept the singles matches with Belzunce, Irazusta and Van Berlo all winning in straight sets. Hansbrough rallied after dropping the first set against Emma Whitfield to win 2-6, 6-2, 1-0 (10-1).
Maryland and William and Mary have played 27 times with the Tribe winning 24 of those matches. The Terps last win came on March 30, 2004. Maryland won 5-2.
William and Mary
|No. 60 William and Mary Tribe (0-5, 0-1 CAA)|
No. 60 William and Mary have lost five in a row to open the season, but four of the five losses came against ranked teams including third-ranked Duke to open the spring schedule. Last time out, the Tribe dropped a 4-3 match to No. 27 Washington.
Marlen Mesgarzadeh is ranked 100th in singles. Mesgarzadeh is 1-3 at No. 2 for the Tribe. Jeltja Loomans has played in all five matches at No. 1 and is 0-5.
Loomans and Maria Belaya are W&M's top doubles team. They are 3-2 at the top spot with three consecutive victories.