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MM 5.28: Maryland tennis player Ayana Akli transfers to South Carolina

This is the Maryland Minute, a short story followed by a roundup of Terps-related news.


Not even a week after competing in the NCAA Women’s Tennis Championship, Maryland tennis player Ayana Akli has transferred to South Carolina.

“Transferring was a very hard decision, but I am so excited to be a part of this team,” Akli said in a press release. “The culture here is amazing, the team is like a family, and I can’t wait to start this new chapter. I am ready to bring a lot of positive energy and grow with my new teammates. Let’s go, Gamecocks!”

Akli is a local product hailing from Silver Spring, Maryland, and her short stint in College Park was a memorable one. In the abbreviated 2020 season, Akli earned Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors.

This past season, Akli went 15-4 in singles play, earned All-Big Ten honors and was the first Terp since 2011 to compete at the NCAA Women’s Tennis Championship.

In other news

No. 25 Maryland baseball starts its final weekend series of the regular season tonight against Indiana. Sam previewed all the action here.

Maryland football announced game times for six of its games this season.

Maryland football tight end Kam Blount announced he plans to enter the transfer portal.

Maryland baseball will allow fans in for free for its final weekend series against Indiana.

No. 3 seed Maryland men’s lacrosse left for the Final Four up in Hartford, Connecticut, yesterday.

Maryland athletes were honored for their accomplishments in the classroom.