Jan. 23, 2013
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - New Maryland head coach Daria Panova notched her first victory in charge, as the Terrapins downed Howard 7-0 at the College Park Tennis Center Tuesday night.
"With five freshmen playing, you could tell they were nervous," Panova said. "But I think we fought our hearts out. I'm proud not only of the way they played, but also the way they competed."
Maryland (1-0, 0-0 ACC) started fast with three doubles victories. The teams of Van Berlo and freshman Olga Gaistruck, Gealer and freshman Gabriela Srodowski and sisters Nataliya and Olga Bredikhina, all put together impressive performances.
In singles action, Srodowski set the pace with a quick 6-1, 6-1 victory over Stacey Roheman. The freshman used powerful groundstrokes to give the Terrapins a quick singles advantage.
Maryland never let up on the Bison. The remaining freshmen followed their classmate Srowdowski's lead, all picking up singles victories.
Van Berlo punctuated the match by winning a tight contest 6-2, 4-6 (10-6) against Katelyn Stokes. The senior's gutty performance in the super tiebreaker was the final highlight of a complete team performance.
"I've been telling them in practice that it doesn't really matter the result, as long as today is better than yesterday and tomorrow is better than today," Panova said. "I think we're going to make history here, but we have a long way to go. They just need to give their best everyday."
Maryland retakes the court Friday to take on UMBC (0-1). Play is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m from the College Park Tennis Center.
Maryland 7, Howard 0
1. Vroni Van Berlo (MD) def. Katelyn Stokes (HU) 6-2, 4-6 (10-6)
2. Olga Bredikhina (MD) def. Brittney Morgan (HU) 6-2, 6-1
3. Sarah Gealer (MD) def. Umarah Mughee (HU) 6-1, 6-2
4. Olga Gaistruk (MD) def. Gabrielle Moxey (HU) 6-3, 6-0
5. Gabriela Srodowski (MD) def. Stacey Roheman (HU) 6-1, 6-1
6. Nataliya Bredikhina (MD) def. Audria Bell (HU) 7-6, 6-2
1. Vroni Van Berlo/Olga Gaistruk (MD) def. Katelyn Stokes/Brittney Morgan (HU)
2. Sarah Gealer/Gabriela Srodowski (MD) def. Gabrielle Moxey/Stacey Roheman (HU)
3. Olga Bredikhina/Nataliya Bredikhina (MD) def. Umarah Mughee/Audria Bell (HU)