Demon Deacons Nip Terps

April 13, 2013


Winston-Salem N.C - Senior Sarah Gealer won their third conference match in doubles, but the Maryland women's tennis team lost, 4-3, to Wake Forest in Winston-Salem, Saturday afternoon.

Sarah Gealer picked up singles wins for the Terrapins (5-12, 0-7 ACC). It was Gaistruk's first victory since Maryland's 5-2 defeat at Virginia Tech on March 10.

The Terps started off strong, winning their fourth road doubles point of the season. Van Berlo and Gealer put the Terps ahead with an 8-3 victory over Kathyrn Talbert and Kasey Gardiner. The freshmen tandem of Gaistruk and Gabriela Strodowski then secured the point, defeating Brigita Bercyte and Andrea Retolaza, 8-3, and in the process, notching their first ever win as a team.

In singles, the Terrapins were unable to capitalize on their advantage, as the Demon Deacons ripped off four straight singles wins to take the match. Van Berlo once again played a ranked opponent well, taking the 82nd-ranked Talbert to the limit before falling, 4-6, in the final set. Srodowski also went three sets, but lost to Bercyte.

Gaistruk and Gealer nabbed victories after the match was decided. Gaistruk won her first three setter of the season, 3-6, 6-0, 6-4, over Karen Forman. Gealer's 7-6 (7-2), 6-3 victory over Xue Zhang was the first conference win of her career.

The Terps return to action, Sunday, at NC State. Play is slated to begin from the Curtis & Jacqueline Dail Outdoor Tennis Stadium at noon.

Singles Competition

1. #82 Kathryn Talbert (WF) def. Vroni Van Berlo (MD) 6-1, 1-6, 6-4

2. Sarah Gealer (MD) def. Xue Zhang (WF) 7-6 (7-2), 6-3

3. Kasey Gardiner (WF) def. Olga Bredikhina (MD) 6-2, 6-2

4. Olga Gaistruk (MD) def. Karen Forman (WF) 3-6, 6-0, 6-4

5. Andrea Retolaza (WF) def. Nataliya Bredikhina (MD) 6-0, 6-2

6. Brigita Bercyte (WF) def. Gabriela Srodowski (MD) 0-6, 6-0, 6-4

Order of Finish: 1, 3

Doubles Competition

1. Vroni Van Berlo/Sarah Gealer (MD) def. Kathryn Talbert/Kasey Gardiner (WF) 8-3

2. Karen Forman/Xue Zhang (WF) vs. Olga Bredikhina/Nataliya Bredikhina (MD) 3-5, unfinished

3. Olga Gaistruk/Gabriela Srodowski (MD) def. Brigita Bercyte/Andrea Retolaza (WF) 8-

Order of Finish: 5, 6, 1, 3, 2, 4