Feb. 23, 2012
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The No. 50 Maryland women's tennis team travels north on I-95 to New York City to face No. 70 Columbia Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Dick Savitt Tennis Center. It will be the Terps fourth match with an Ivy League opponent this season.
The Terps (4-4, 0-1 ACC) have utilized the same singles lineup over the last three matches. As a team, the Terrapins are 26-22 in singles action.
Sophomore Cristina Stancu and junior Ana Belzunce have played all eight matches at the No. 1 and 2 positions, respectively. Stancu, ranked 46th in the nation, is 5-3 and has won two in a row. Belzunce, ranked 90th nationally, has the best record on the squad at 6-2.
Sophomore Welma Luus is the primary option at No. 3 singles with a record of 3-5. Junior Vroni Van Berlo moved to the No. 4 spot following the match against Harvard and is 3-0 at the position, while senior Jordan Hansbrough slid to No. 5.
Freshman Mikele Irazusta has played the entire season at No. 6 and is 5-3 with a four-match winning streak.
In doubles, Maryland is 12-12 and led by 20th-ranked Belzunce and Luus. The pair is 4-4 at the No. 1 position.
Last Time Out
The Terps won 5 of 6 singles matches to knock off No. 59 William and Mary, 5-2, on Sunday. Luus dispatched of Hope Johnson in straight sets while Irazusta won her fourth consecutive match.
Stancu pulled off a 7-6 (1), 6-1 victory at No. 1 singles and Belzunce clinched the match with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Maria Belaya.
Van Berlo finished the day with a three-set victory over Anik Cepeda.
Sunday will be the fourth consecutive meeting for Maryland and Columbia and the fourth match all-time. The Terps have won all three previous meetings.
Last season, the Terrapins defeated the Lions, 5-2, in College Park.
|No. 70 Columbia Lions (5-1, 0-0 Ivy)|
The Lions entered the Campbell's/ITA College Tennis Rankings on Wednesday at No. 70 after winning 2 of 3 matches at ECAC Indoor Women's Tennis Championships where the Lions finished fifth.
Columbia is 26-10 in singles action. Nicole Bartnik has been the primary No. 1 singles player. Bartnik is 4-1 at the position. Bianca Sanon and Ioana Alecsiu have split time at the No. 2 position. Sanon played the last three matches at No. 2 and is 3-1 on the season. Alecsiu is 2-0 at No. 2, and 1-2 at No. 3.
In doubles, the Lions are 13-5 and have used the same doubles pairings in every match except one. The pairing of Crystal Leung and Nicole Bartnik is ranked 28th, but the two have yet to play together this spring.
Bartnik has paired with Alecsiu at the No. 2 position, while Leung has paired with Katarina Kovacevic at No. 3. Sanon and Tiana Takenaga has been the Lions preferred pairing at No. 1.