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Terps Close out Road Slate at Michigan, MSU

Maryland Athletics
4-10-2018
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COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- The Maryland women's tennis team (9-9, 3-4 B1G) will conclude its 2017-18 road schedule this weekend, heading to the state of Michigan for a pair of matches against Michigan and Michigan State. The Terps will take on Michigan on Saturday, Apr. 14, and follow it up with a match at Michigan State on Sunday. 

LAST TIME OUT

Maryland swept a pair of matches last weekend, knocking off Iowa and No. 38 Nebraska. The Terps shutout the Hawkeyes, 4-0, and then went on to upset the Huskers by a score of 4-2. 

The Terps were led by freshman Eva Alexandrova, who went 4-0 on the weekend. Playing in the top spot of Maryland's doubles lineup, Alexandrova and partner Millie Stretton bested a ranked duo from Iowa, and then secured their eighth-consecutive doubles win in Maryland's victory over No. 38 Nebraska. Alexandrova also earned her ninth and 10th singles wins of the year. 

Fellow freshman Zoe Kulkarni also impressed, winning both of her singles matches to get her win total up to 10. She has also won five singles matches in a row. 

SCOUTING THE WOLVERINES

No. 24 Michigan enters the weekend with an 11-9 record, including a 7-1 Big Ten mark. The Wolverines' lone conference loss came in their last outing, falling 4-3 to No. 13 Northwestern. 

Michigan features a lineup that has two singles players and one doubles team in the latest ITA Rankings. Kate Fahey will lead the charge for Michigan, currently ranked No. 29 in the ITA Rankings. She has a 13-2 singles record in the top spot of the Wolverines' lineup, including a 6-2 mark in conference matches. 

SCOUTING THE SPARTANS

Michigan State owns a 13-7 record on the season, with a 4-4 record in Big Ten play. The Spartans will face Rutgers on Saturday before welcoming the Terrapins to East Lansing on Sunday. They have been strong at home this year, posting a 7-2 record on their home courts. 

Samantha Memije has had a strong spring season for the Spartans, posting an 13-2 record between the fifth and sixth spots in Michigan Stats's singles lineup. She has also won seven matches in a row. 

DOUBLES DOMINANCE

Maryland has dominated in doubles action this spring, winning the doubles point in 12 of their 18 matches this season. The Terps top doubles pairing of Eva Alexandrova and Millie Stretton have had a solid start to the year, posting a 12-2 record in the No. 1 doubles position. They have also won eight matches in a row. 

Arnelle Sullivan and Saya Usui have also impressed, earning a 6-3 record that includes a 6-0 victory in Maryland’s win over Marshall.

NO STOPPING STRETTON

Junior Millie Stretton has thrived in her first season in College Park. 

The junior owns a 11-4 singles record in the third singles position to go along with a 12-2 doubles line while playing with partner Eva Alexandrova in the top spot of Maryland’s lineup.

FRESHMAN FEATURE

Maryland's two freshmen Eva Alexandrova and Zoe Kulkarni have been successful in bookending Maryland’s singles lineup this season.

Playing at the top two spots of Maryland’s singles lineup, Alexandrova has 10 wins on the season, including three-straight wins to close out non-conference play. Alexandrova also has found success in doubles, starting the season with a 12-2 record at the top doubles position.

Kulkarni has anchored Maryland’s singles lineup, claiming 10 wins on the season. Kulkarni also has four Big Ten victories on the year and enters the weekend with five-consecutive victories.

HOME COURT ADVANTAGE

Maryland has found success on its home court this season, posting a 7-2 record in home matches this season. 

The Terps have won 16 of their last 20 home matches dating back to last season.

SUPER PANOVA

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.

She coached Maryland's doubles duo of Kristina Hovsepyan and Alexandra Stanova to the ITA National Indoor Tournament after the two were victorious at ITA Atlantic Regionals.

Panova earned her 50th career victory at Maryland last season after the Terrapins topped Minnesota.

INTERNATIONAL FLAVOR

Maryland's 2018 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.

UP NEXT

Maryland will close out its 2017-18 campaign with a pair of home matches. The Terps will host Indiana on Friday, Apr. 20, followed by a match with Purdue on Sunday, Apr. 22. Sunday's match will be Senior Day, where Maryland will honor its lone senior, Ekaterina Tour, following the completion of the match. 

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