April 21, 2010
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Maryland (5-13, 0-11) heads to the 2010 ACC Championships on Thursday where the Terrapins will face Florida State (12-9, 6-4) in opening-round action. The 12th-seeded Terps and fifth-seeded Seminoles will play at 9 a.m. at Cary Tennis Park in Cary, N.C.
The winner of that match will play No. 4 seed Duke (19-6, 7-4) at 9 a.m. Friday in quarterfinal action. Florida State, which is No. 14 in the ITA national rankings, downed Maryland, 7-0, in the teams' only meeting this season.
The Terps and Seminoles have not faced each other in the ACC Championships since 2002. FSU edged Maryland, 4-3, in opening-round action that season.
Maryland's top two singles performers this season have been junior Jordan Hansbrough and freshman Burce Kurkan. Hansbrough has a team-best 14 singles victories, including eight in dual matches, and Kurkan has chipped in 10.
Lisa Miller and Maggie MacKeever, the lone seniors on the roster, have been the top doubles tandem on the team. Miller and MacKeever have combined to post a 9-7 mark in dual doubles matches this season. The duo of Lexi Brand and Jordan Hansbrough is not far behind with eight wins during the dual season. Miller and Hansbrough share the team lead with 12 overall doubles wins. Miller is Maryland's active leader in career singles (40) and doubles (51) victories.
Jordan Hansbrough has been hot of late. She went 7-1 in singles and doubles during four matches last week, helping the Terps post a 2-2 mark, including a near upset of nationally-ranked Wake Forest. The sophomore won all four of her singles matches in straight sets, including a 6-4, 7-5 victory over the Demon Deacons' Katarina Reveche. Hansbrough led the Terps to 6-1 wins over both Georgetown and Richmond with victories in singles and doubles.
Head coach Howard Joffe is in his first season in charge of Maryland's women's tennis program. Joffe spent the previous two seasons as head coach at Miami University where he built the RedHawks into the top program in the Mid-American Conference. Joffe took over a Miami program which was in the middle of the pack in the conference and in just two seasons led the RedHawks to the MAC Tournament title and their first NCAA Tournament appearance in school history. Those accomplishments helped him earn 2009 MAC Coach of the Year honors. He has also served as an assistant at USC.