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Maryland tennis opens Big Ten play with 1-2 road trip

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The Terps started slow with defeats in Minnesota and Wisconsin but finished strong against Rutgers.

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After finishing non-conference action with a 6-5 record, the Maryland tennis team embarked on a three-match road trip to open Big Ten play, which saw the team lose to Minnesota and Wisconsin but defeat Rutgers a week later.

The Terps began their trip on March 16 in Minnesota and lost to the Golden Gophers, 6-1. Maryland lost the doubles point despite the victory from the duo of Eva Alexandrova and Millie Stretton. In singles, Stretton was the only player to earn the Terps a point, overcoming a first-set loss to win 2-6, 7-5, 1-0 (5).

Two days later, the Terps won just one more match at Wisconsin than they had at Minnesota, falling 5-2 to close the weekend. The duos of Alexandrova and Stretton and Ekaterina Tour and Katsiaryna Yemelyanenka each won their doubles matches to secure the doubles point for Maryland. The singles portion of the afternoon proved to be more of the same, as Stretton was, once again, the only Terp to win her match, taking home a 6-3, 7-6 victory.

Less than a week later, the Terps were back out on the court in East Brunswick to take on Rutgers and turned in what was arguably their best performance of the season. Maryland took the doubles point again, thanks to victories from the pairs of Alexandrova and Stretton and Arnelle Sullivan and Saya Usui.

Every single Terp won her singles match in what was a dominant afternoon on the court, as Alexandrova, Tour, Stretton, Yemelyanenka, Usui, and Zoe Kulkarni all proved to be victorious, turning the match into a 7-0 rout.

While conference play started slow for the Terps, a dominant effort against Rutgers may inspire the team for its upcoming home battle on Friday against Northwestern.