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Women's Tennis Upends Maryland
Updated: Saturday 03/17/2013 (ET)
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COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The No. 33 William and Mary women's tennis team returned to its winning ways with a 4-3 victory at Maryland on Sunday afternoon. One day after seeing its seven-match winning streak snapped, the Tribe won the doubles point, before receiving singles wins from freshman Leeza Nemchinov, senior Anik Cepeda and junior Hope Johnson. The Green and Gold pushed its record to 12-3 with the victory, while Maryland fell to 5-7.

The Tribe took the doubles point with strong performances at the top two positions. The No. 5-ranked team in the country of juniors Maria Belaya and Jeltje Loomans rolled to its 10th straight win, upending Vroni Van Berlo and Sarah Gealer, 8-3, at the top spot. The Tribe duo improved to 21-2 on the year. Cepeda and Johnson tallied their fourth win and improved to 2-2 in dual-match play with an 8-1 win over Nataliya Bredikhina and Olga Bredikhina at the No. 2 slot.

W&M pushed its lead to 3-0 with straight set singles wins at No. 2 and No. 4, before the balance of the match came down to a four three-set matches. Nemchinov and Cepeda continued their strong singles play as both improved to 13-2 in dual match play, while increasing their win streaks to nine and eight, respectively. At No. 2, Nemchinov improved to 19-9 overall and a perfect 4-0 at the post with a 7-5, 7-6 win over Gealer. Cepeda pushed her team-best singles mark to 21-11, dominating Olga Gaistruk, 6-0, 6-2, at the No. 4 position.

Johnson pulled out a three-set win at No. 5 to clinch the Tribe victory, while the Terrapins claimed third sets at No. 1, No. 3 and No. 6. After taking the opening set, 6-1, from Gabriela Srodowski, Johnson could not maintain the momentum as the Terp player took the second set, 6-2. The Tribe junior bounced back with a 6-4 victory in the third to take the match and clinch the team triumph. Johnson won her 12th match of the season and her seventh in the dual-match campaign.

The Tribe continues its road trip with a pair of matches in Houston, Texas, March 23-24. W&M meet the No. 29 Rice at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 23, before heading across town to face Houston on Sunday, March 24, at 11 a.m.

#33 William and Mary 4, Maryland 3
No. 1 - Vroni Van Berlo (MD) def. Maria Belaya (W&M) - 3-6, 7-6, 6-4
No. 2 - Leeza Nemchiov (W&M) def. Sarah Gealer (MD) - 7-5, 7-6
No. 3 - Olga Bredikhina (MD) def. Jeltje Loomans (W&M) - 6-0, 1-6, 6-4
No. 4 - Anik Cepeda (W&M) def. Olga Gaistruk (MD) - 6-0, 6-2
No. 5 - Hope Johnson (W&M) def. Gabriela Srodowski (MD) - 6-1, 2-6, 6-4
No. 6 - Nataliya Bredikhina (MD) def. Sydney Smith (W&M) - 6-2, 5-7, 6-3

No. 1 - #5 Belaya/Loomans (W&M) def. Van Berlo/Gealer (MD) - 8-3
No. 2 - Cepeda/Johnson (W&M) def. Bredikhina Bredikhina (MD) - 8-1
No. 3 - Nemchinov/Smith (W&M) vs. Gaistruk/Srodowski (MD) - 5-4, DNF

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