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No. 33 Terps Set to Face No. 50 VCU

Maryland Athletics
3-17-2017
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COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The No. 33 Maryland women’s tennis team will continue its road trip on Saturday when the Terps head to Virginia to take on No. 50 VCU.

LAST TIME OUT

Maryland moved its road record to 4-0 on the season after defeating No. 48 Marshall last week.

The Terps were paced by sophomore Caroline Williams, who clinched the 4-3 victory at the sixth singles position.

The team’s 4-0 road start is the second-best in program history. The 1977-78 Terrapin squad started their season 6-0.

SCOUTING THE RAMS

No. 50 VCU dropped one spot in the ITA Rankings after splitting a weekend series at Florida Atlantic and Florida International. After defeating FAU, 4-1, the Rams were on the losing end of a 4-0 sweep against Florida International.

The Rams will come into their date with the Terps on a two-match skid, after dropping a mid-week bout against Oklahoma.

Janina Braun will headline the Rams’ lineup. The sophomore is expected to play at first doubles and singles, and owns a 12-4 singles record on the season.

KEEPING UP WITH THE TERPS

After an extremely successful fall campaign, the Terps have not slowed down at all, starting the spring season with an 9-1 record.

Maryland currently ranks No. 33 in the ITAs computerized rankings.

Maryland has benefited from the strong play of its doubles pairings this season, as the Terps have earned the doubles point eight consecutive matches.

The Terps’ fall campaign featured five doubles championships, including one by seniors

Alexandra Stanova and Kristina Hovsepyan, who won the ITA Atlantic Regionals and advanced to ITA National Indoors in New York City. The duo has also shined this spring, with an impressive 5-0 record to start the season.

Sophomore Caroline Williams was a part of three of those doubles championships, teaming up with fellow sophomore Arnelle Sullivan to win the Bedford Cup, and then with junior Ekaterina Tour to win the Cissie Leary Invitational and the Kitty Harrison Invitational.

Maryland also had contributions from its two freshmen, Saya Usui and Katsiaryna Yemelyanenka. The two won their first collegiate doubles tournament when they took first place at the Tribe Invitational.

Maryland will come into the spring season featuring its first preseason-ranked singles player in five years. Junior Ekaterina Tour cracked the ITA Preseason Singles ranking, the first Terp to do so since Cristina Stancu in 2012. Tour was also ranked the No. 14 singles player in the Atlantic Region.

Teammates Alexandra Stanova and Kristina Hovsepyan were tabbed the No. 1 doubles duo in the Atlantic Region, and Stanova was named the No. 20 singles player in the Atlantic Region. 

Be sure to keep up with the Terps on Twitter throughout the season.

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