Terps Fall to Eagles in Tight Affair

Feb. 3, 2012


COLLEGE PARK, Md. - For the second consecutive match, 37th-ranked Anna Belzunce and Welma Luus knocked off a top-15 doubles opponent, but it was not enough as the Maryland women's tennis team fell to Boston College, 4-3, Friday afternoon at the Tennis Center at College Park.

"I couldn't be any more proud of how the team competed today," said head coach Dianne Matias. "Everyone fought hard. It just didn't go our way."

After defeating fifth-ranked Kristy Frilling and Shannon Mathews of Nortre Dame Sunday, Belzunce and Luus earned an 8-6 victory over 11th-ranked Alex Kelleher and Olga Khmylev of Boston College to clinch the doubles point for the Terps (1-3, 0-1 ACC).

Maryland retained the momentum in singles as 28th-ranked Cristina Stancu defeated the Eagles' Alex Kelleher in straight sets, 6-0, 6-0, and Belzunce knocked off Jessica Wacnik, 6-1, 6-2, to put the Terps up 3-1.

No. 3 singles would decide the match after Boston College earned two points with victories at No. 5 and 6 singles. Luus dropped the first set to BC's Erina Kikuchi, 6-2, but cruised to a 6-1 win in the second set.

Luus jumped out to a 4-2 lead in the third set before Kikuchi broke Luus' serve and tied the set. Kikuchi won three of the next four games to clinch the match for the Eagles.

"It's always tough losing a close match like this especially when it comes down to the last match," Matias said. "Our goal is to keep progressing every match."

The Terps are in action Saturday as they play host to Harvard at 11:30 a.m. at the Tennis Center at College Park.