March 13, 2005
WINSTON-SALEM, NC – The Clemson women’s tennis team won its third conference match and ninth overall match of the 2005 season Sunday, as the Tigers defeated Wake Forest by a score of 4-3. Clemson’s top-seeded Julie Coin, ranked second nationally, won her 14th consecutive singles match and improved her overall record to 23-2.
The Tigers gained a 1-0 edge after doubles play, picking up wins at flight one and flight two doubles to gain the all-important doubles point. Julie Coin and Romy Farah, ranked 40th in the latest ITA poll, defeated Wake Forest’s Karin Coetzee and Alex Hirsch at flight one by a score of 8-4. At flight two, Clemson’s Maria Brito and Richele LeSaldo won a 9-7 decision over the Demon Deacon duo of Ashlee Davis and Katie Martzolf. Wake Forest’s Danielle Schwartz and Blakley Offutt defeated Clemson’s Ioana Paun and Carol Salge by a score of 8-6 at flight three doubles.
In singles play, Coin easily defeated Wake Forest’s Coetzee at flight one singles in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2. Farah, ranked 87th in the ITA poll, picked up a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Davis at number-two singles, and the Tigers’ Salge defeated Hirsch by a score of 7-6 (4), 6-1 at flight three singles. Wake Forest picked up its three points at flight four, five and six singles. Martzolf downed Brito at the four singles position by a score of 7-5, 6-4. At the five singles slot, it took Wake Forest’s Jenna Loeb three sets to defeat Paun (6-4, 2-6, 6-1). Schwartz upended Clemson’s LeSaldo by a score of 6-0, 7-6 (4) at flight six singles.
The Tigers return to action on Wednesday, Mar. 16, as they play host to in-state rival and 31st-ranked University of South Carolina. The match will be played at the Hoke Sloan Tennis Complex on the campus of Clemson University, and first serve is scheduled for 2:30 PM.
#21 Clemson 4, Wake Forest 3 Doubles: 1- Coin/Farah (CU) def. Coetzee/Hirsch (WF) 8-4 2- Brito/LeSaldo def. Davis/Martzolf (WF) 9-7 3- Schwartz/Offutt (WF) def. Paun/Salge (CU) 8-6 Singles: 1. Julie Coin def. Karin Coetzee (WF), 6-2, 6-2 2. Romy Farah (CU) def. Ashlee Davis (WF) 6-1, 6-2 3. Carol Salge (CU) def. Alex Hirsch (WF) 7-6 (4), 6-1 4. Katie Martzolf (WF) def. Maria Brito (CU) 7-5, 6-4 5. Jenna Loeb (WF) def. Ioana Paun (CU) 6-4, 2-6, 6-1 6. Danielle Schwartz (WF) def. Richele LeSaldo (CU) 6-0, 7-6 (4)
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