Feb. 29, 2012
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The 48th-ranked Maryland women's tennis team will look to extend its winning streak to four when the Terps play host to Richmond Wednesday, March 1 at 2 p.m. at the Tennis Center at College Park.
The Terps (4-4, 0-1 ACC) have won three in a row and four of their last five to climb to No. 48 in the ITA National Team Rankings.
Maryland has leaned on its singles play during the run. The squad is 15-3 in the last three matches and is undefeated at the No. 1, 2, 3 and 6 positions.
Since dropping a match to Hilary Bartlett of Princeton, No. 36 Cristina Stancu is undefeated in her last three matches, all of which were straight set victories.
Junior Ana Belzunce is also 3-0 in her last three singles contests playing at the No. 2 position. Belzunce has not dropped a set since losing to Princeton's Lindsay Graff. At the No. 3 position, sophomore Welma Luus has improved her record to 4-5 with three consecutive wins.
Junior Vroni Van Berlo lost her first match at the No. 4 position on Sunday since moving up from No. 5. Van Berlo is 3-1 at No. 4.
Senior Jordan Hansbrough has occupied the No. 5 position since the Princeton match and is 1-3.
Freshman Mikele Irazusta has been a rock at the No. 6 position. Irazusta has won five consecutive matches and is 6-3 overall.
In doubles, 25th-ranked Belzunce and Luus are 5-4 at the No. 1 position, while Stancu and Van Berlo played their first match at the No. 2 spot Sunday. Hansbrough and Irazusta have split time at No. 2 and No. 3.
Last Time Out
The Terps evened their record at 4-4 with a 5-2 defeat of then-No. 70 Columbia.
|Richmond Spiders (5-1, 0-0 A-10)|
The Spiders have won three in a row, but lost to Penn, 4-3, a team the Terps defeated 7-0 on Feb. 12.
Helen Cunningham, Melissa Kandinata and Joanna Matuszczyk have all rotated between the No. 1, 2 and 3 singles position. Matuszcxyk most recently played at the top-spot for the Spiders in a loss to Niltooli Wilkins of UNC Greensboro.
In doubles, Cunningham and Alexandra Smyth have played at the No. 1 spot the past two matches and have won both of those contests.