COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Maryland women’s tennis team (1-2, 0-0 B1G) will continue its season with a match at William & Mary on Saturday. The match is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. in Williamsburg, Va., and live updates will be provided on Twitter.
LAST TIME OUT
The Terps last competed in ITA Kickoff Weekend, hosted by Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. Maryland dropped its match to the sixth-ranked Waves to begin the event. The Terps then fell to Rice, but were winning on three singles courts when the match was clinched.
SCOUTING THE TRIBE
William & Mary comes into the match on a three-match winning streak. The Tribe is 4-3 on the year, with wins over Winthrop, Boston College, Dartmouth and Florida Atlantic.
The Tribe also participated in ITA Kickoff Weekend, splitting a pair of matches against Illinois and Winthrop.
The doubles duo of Vitoria Okuyama and Clara Tenielian have been strong for William & Mary this season, posting an impressive 3-1 record in dual-match competition. Sophomore Rosie Cheng has played well on the singles court and is already the owner of two wins over nationally-ranked opponents.
ONE LAST TOUR
Senior Ekaterina Tour is primed for a successful campaign in her final season as a Terrapin after getting her year started on the right foot with a singles win over Harvard.
The Tel Aviv native led the Terps in both doubles and singles wins during her junior season, picking up 15 doubles wins and 16 singles victories.
After graduating a record-setting senior class, Maryland welcomed three new additions to its roster for the 2017-18 season. Head coach Daria Panova added freshmen Eva Alexandrova, Anastasiia Gevel and Zoe Kulkarni, along with Kansas State transfer Millie Stretton.
Alexandrova comes to Maryland as one of the highest rated recruits in program history. She was 118th in the ITF International Rankings when she signed her National Letter of Intent. She won a Grade 3 ITF Tournament in Kazakhstan and spent the summer before coming to Maryland playing tournaments in Asia.
Gevel hails from Kiev, Ukriane, where the 5’10” newcomer earned a U-18 Ukranian national title. She also has a career-high WTA singles ranking of 1237 to go along with a doubles ranking of 1135 following a career of international experience. She was also a top-5 ranked singles player in Ukraine.
Kulkarni was rated the No. 39 recruit in the class of 2017, according to tennisrecruiting.net. She played nationally and internationally on the junior tennis circuit. In 2016, she won the Reel Tennis Open Championships and in 2015 she reached the semifinals of the Copa Coqui – Cabo Rojo ITF Tournament. She was the top-ranked player out of Oregon and was rated the No. 2 player in the Northwest region.
Stretton comes to Maryland from Kansas State where she had an extremely successful first two seasons. Playing at the top of the rotation in both her freshman and sophomore seasons, she posted a team-high 20 singles wins in her first year. The total was good for most by a freshman in Wildcat history. She also picked up 14 doubles wins, which earned her a spot on the All-Big 12 freshman team.
She also earned 17 singles and doubles wins in her sophomore season.
After guiding Maryland to its best season in program history, head coach Daria Panova was named the 2017 Wilson/ITA Atlantic Region Coach of the Year. Panova led Maryland to a 16-6 record, with a program-best seven conference victories.
Panova earned her 50th career victory at Maryland last season after the Terps topped Minnesota.
Maryland’s roster features student-athletes from six countries outside of the United States.
The Terps currently have representatives from Belarus, Israel, Japan, Russia, Ukraine and the United Kingdom.
Maryland will return home to battle Long Beach State on Feb. 17 at the JTCC. The match will begin at noon.