Maryland Knocks Off Delaware

Feb. 23, 2010


COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland women's tennis geared up for a return to Atlantic Coast Conference action with its second straight win, a convincing 5-2 victory over Delaware Tuesday afternoon.

Maggie MacKeever, Julia Huschke, Jordan Hansbrough and Burce Kurkan combined to lose just five games in their four singles match victories.

Hansbrough's 6-1, 6-1 win over Amanda Hamstrom at No. 5 singles clinched the team victory and dealt Delaware (4-1) its first loss of the season.

"Considering we were depleted with illness, I'm pleased with our effort," Maryland head coach Howard Joffe said of his team which had a number of performers feeling ill. "We fought hard, even in the matches we lost. Now we have three days to get ready for conference play."

The Terrapins (2-3, 0-1) will seek to even their league record Friday (11 a.m.) when they play host to nationally-ranked Virginia Tech. The Hokies, 61st in this week's Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) poll, are 4-3 on the season, but all their losses have come at the hands of ranked foes.

The Terps also travel to Virginia Sunday to face the 25th-ranked Cavaliers (4-2).

Maryland will need to replicate the doubles effort it had against the Blue Hens in this weekend's ACC matches.

MacKeever and Lisa Miller easily dispatched Delaware's Ivana Petrich and Montse Ripoli 8-1 at No. 1 doubles. Hansbrough and Lexi Brand, meanwhile, knocked off the nationally-ranked duo (tied for No. 54 in the ITA rankings) of Megan Doran and Samantha Carnall 8-2 to clinch the point.

Maryland got off to a slow start in its ACC opener against Boston College (Feb. 13), losing the doubles point and eventually falling, 5-2.