April 3, 2000
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The women's tennis team returns home on Tuesday to begin a three-match homestand where it will face three ACC opponents. The Terps will square off against the 55th-ranked Virginia Cavaliers on Tuesday. Both teams are coming off of losses to No. 35 Clemson. Last year when the Terrapins met the Cavaliers, Maryland came out on top with a 6-3 victory.
The Terps will then have a few days off before North Carolina comes to College Park on Saturday, April 8. The Tar Heels are currently ranked 50th and are 2-2 in the ACC.
The homestand ends on Sunday when the Terps battle the Duke Blue Devils, who currently stand at No. 11 in national polls. Maryland dropped an 8-1 match to Duke when the two met in Durham, N.C. last season.
Maryland Freshmen Lead Team In Singles Wins
Freshman Jessica Johnson (Pittsburgh, Pa.) has emerged as a leader in her first season with the Terps. Johnson has earned a team-high nine singles victories after defeating two ACC opponents last weekend. Johnson racked up wins against Clemson's Renata Brito with a 6-3, 6-4 decision and Georgia Tech's Mysti Morris 7-5, 2-6, 6-3.
Delila Causevic (Silver Spring, Md.) currently has eight wins in her freshman season at Maryland. Her latest victory came against Sabrina Pardo from Georgia Tech.
Johnson and Causevic have competed as a pair for most of the season and have posted a 4-4 record in doubles action. Look for both freshmen to boost their individual records this week and help to improve the team's 6-7 overall and 0-3 ACC records.
Terps Drop Two ACC Matches Over The Weekend
Maryland will be looking to improve upon a slow start in ACC competition when they match-up against three more conference teams this week. The Terps dropped two decisions this past weekend when they lost to both Clemson and Georgia Tech. Clemson won by a 6-3 decision on Saturday. Maryland's victories were earned by Jessica Johnson and Catherine Valantin (Metz, France) in singles competition. Valantin and Chrissie Terrill (Plano, Tex.) teamed up to capture the only doubles win with a 9-7 decision over Clemson's Renata Brito and Laurence Jayet.
The Terps dropped a 7-2 match to No. 33 Georgia Tech on Sunday. Johnson earned her team-high ninth victory of the season in singles competition at the No. 2 position. Johnson battled through three sets before defeating Georgia Tech's Mysti Morris. Delila Causevic improved her singles record to 8-4 when she defeated Sabrina Pardo 6-7, 7-5, 6-4 in a grueling three-set match at No. 1.