Except for the patter of scuffing tennis shoes hurriedly preparing for a service return or overhead smash, all is quiet and calm inside the Aspen Hill Racquet Club and Fitness Center. It's just past 6 a.m. and Jeri Ingram, the University of Maryland's No. 1 women's tennis player, has awakened for another two hours of early-morning practice with her father-coach-travel companion Joe Ingram. It has been a splendid year for Ingram, 18, who only a few months ago decided to attend college rather than turn professional. Now, the Silver Spring resident, who went 80-0 and won four state singles titles while at Springbrook High School, is gaining national attention at the collegiate level. In her first semester at Maryland, Ingram went undefeated, beating 20 of her 21 opponents in straight sets, and won the Atlantic Coast Conference championship. Despite her unblemished record, and rankings of 29 in the Volvo Tennis Collegiate rankings and 192 (as an amateur) in the world, Ingram is not seeded in the NCAA tournament opening today at the University of Florida. Since Maryland doesn't test its tennis program against powerhouses like Stanford or UCLA, Ingram's record may seem slightly less impressive compared to those with near-equal records in top-ranked programs. By the luck of the draw, Ingram will face University of Tennessee freshman sensation Stacey Martin of Largo in today's opening round at 8 a.m. Martin, the tournament's fifth seed, and Ingram have split four matches. In order to win the championship, which ends Thursday, Ingram likely will have to get past top-seeded Tami Whitlinger of Stanford. It is a tough task, but one Maryland Coach Bobby Goeltz thinks Ingram is capable of accomplishing. "Jeri is right in there with them," Goeltz said. "I believe she certainly has to be considered a threat to win the tournament, although it's tough to say. I've never seen her lose." Ingram's career began more than a decade ago, and her on-court life rarely has been tarnished with defeat. Coaches define her potential as "unreached." And yet, just hours away from the NCAA championship, a title Ingram half-heartedly says "will be a challenge," her thoughts are of France and England and the summer challenges that lie ahead. "Sometimes I'm thinking French {Open}, and then other times I think I should be thinking NCAAs. But really I'm thinking French," Ingram said. "It gets confuusing sometimes, but I guess {the French Open is} a bigger goal. The NCAAs are a good thing to win, but I guess I've been looking forward to the French." Ingram will vacation for about four days after the NCAAs before beginning a summer tour that will take her to the French Open, Wimbledon and her first appearance at the U.S. Open, among other tournaments. "My goal is to break {into} the top 100," she said. "But I don't want to put too much pressure on myself. "When you go to a {professional} tournament, you know you're the underdog, so you're thinking, 'Let's see how well I can do in here.' "I want to make my impression on {my competition} so she knows I'm not just going to say, 'Okay, you're No. 8 in the world so you can just beat me,' " Ingram said. Ingram's competitors in the NCAAs may be thinking the same about her.