Juliussen, Leong looking to extend unbeaten streak at UM
For some, a new season means change.
But when Trine Lise Juliussen and Wei-Ming Leong hit the court this weekend, they’ll try to do exactly what they have been doing. The Syracuse tennis team’s duo has won 11 consecutive doubles matches, dating back to last year.
Juliussen and Leong will try to extend their streak as Syracuse travels to Maryland this weekend to compete in the Maryland Invitational.
This will be the Orangewomen’s second tournament of the season. Two weeks ago, SU competed in the Cornell Invitational, in which Juliussen and Leong were victorious over fellow teammates Jessica Schlosser and Katie Bramante, winning the duo the Flight B doubles crown. The teammates faced each other because each team won its opening-round match against teams from other schools.
Freshman Ashley Lipton took home a Flight A singles consolation final victory. Freshman Carolina Huignard was victorious in the Flight B singles consolation final.
When Syracuse arrives in Maryland, it will face a Terrapin team that will be raring to play. Maryland’s first tournament of the year was canceled last weekend in preparation for the arrival of Hurricane Isabel.
‘I know (we’re) ready to go,’ Maryland head coach Martin Novak said. ‘We’ve done more running and lifting, trying to simulate competition. But missed play is missed play.’
While Novak hasn’t seen Syracuse play this year, he respects them from afar.
‘They’re always well-coached, very good competitors,’ he said.
That coaching will be put to the test this weekend against Maryland, a team led by two seniors – Emily Marker and Chloe Chavardes – as well as freshman Ramona But. This threesome may pose problems for the Orangewomen.
Marker and But were ranked No. 71 and No. 61, respectively, in the preseason ITA rankings.
‘We feel like we have a very solid team,’ Novak said.
Maryland also features a bit of New York flavor with the addition of Albany-area product Masha Senic.
Syracuse will be facing one of its deeper fields of the fall season. The tournament also features Richmond and Cornell.
Even so, it seems no opposition can slow Juliussen and Leong from extending their winning streak.
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