Feb. 15, 2013
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland women's team notched its third sweep in as many home matches with a 7-0 victory over intrastate rival Towson at the Tennis Center at College Park Friday afternoon.
The Terrapins (3-2, 0-1) started strong, easily taking the doubles point, before blanking the Tigers (1-1, 0-1 CAA) in singles play.
"We had good energy and we implemented the things we're working on," head coach Daria Panova said. "We still have a couple things we need to work on. We need to be more consistent, our attention goes away sometimes, but in general we're getting better. It's a young team and we are getting better every day.
In doubles, Panova made her first lineup change of the season, elevating freshmen Olga and Nataliya Bredikhina to the No. 2 position over freshmen Sarah Gealer and Gabriela Srodowski. Both teams responded well, with the twins easily defeating Nisha Shah and Andrea Samlin 8-1, to improve to 4-1 on the season.
Gealer and Srodowski also took care of business, and were well on their way to winning their match, before they were forced off the court at 7-2 when senior Vroni Van Berlo and freshman Olga Gaistruk won their match 8-3 and secured the doubles point for the Terrapins.
It was the third time this season that Maryland did not lose a doubles contest in a dual match. The team is 3-0 when that occurs.
When play turned to singles, the Terrapins did not let up. Van Berlo and Gealer, the only two active players that played during the fall season, showed their respective match toughness, both winning by 6-2, 6-0 scorelines.
Van Berlo continues to lead by example; her 8-2 combined record tied for best on the team.
"She's getting better [as a leader]," Panova said. "I think she's a different player than she was in the fall. She's a legitimate number one ACC player now. She has power, she makes smart shots and when her teammates watch her they get inspired."
The only match ever in doubt for the Terrapins took place at No. 5 singles, where Srodowski and Samlin played a very tight match. The Maryland freshman dug out of a set hole to close out the contest, 10-2, in a super tiebreaker.
Maryland retakes the court next weekend for two matches. On Saturday, the Terrapins will take on Columbia, with play scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. The following day, Richmond will be Maryland's opponent with play slated to start at noon. Both dual matches will take place at the Tennis Center at College Park.
1. Vroni Van Berlo/Olga Gaistruk (MD) def. Ayana Dow/Ariel Burke (TU) 8-3
2. Nataliya Bredikhina/Olga Bredikhina (MD) def. Nisha Shah/Andrea Samlin 8-1
3. Sarah Gealer/Gabriela Srodowski (MD) vs Lorena Ferrer/Moriah Burke 7-2 DNF
Order of Finish: 2, 1, 3
1. Vroni Van Berlo (MD) def. Ayana Dow (TU) 6-2, 6-0
2. Olga Bredikhina (MD) def. Nisha Shah (TU) 6-2, 6-2
3. Sarah Gealer (MD) def. Ariel Burke (TU) 6-2, 6-0
4. Olga Gaistruk (MD) def. Lorena Ferrer (TU) 6-2, 6-2
5. Gabriela Srodowski (MD) def. Andrea Samlin 6-7 (8-6), 6-4 (10-2)
6. Nataliya Bredikhina (MD) def. Moriah Burke (TU) 6-3, 6-2
Order of Finish: 1, 3, 4, 6, 2, 5