March 17, 2004
PROVO, UT – The Clemson women’s tennis team was upset by Brigham Young University by a score of 4-3 on Tuesday evening. With the loss, Clemson’s season record stands at 11-3, while the Cougars of BYU improve to 12-4 on the year. The Tigers will complete their three-match slate in Provo on Wednesday as Clemson faces Boise State in a 10:30 AM match. This will be the first meeting between Clemson and Boise State. The Broncos are currently ranked 63rd in the ITA poll and have tallied an 8-4 overall record so far this season.
In singles play, top-seeded and sixth-ranked Julie Coin of Clemson was defeated by #45 Barbora Zahnova of BYU in three sets, 6-7, 7-6, 6-0. Clemson’s Daniela Alvarez downed the Cougar’s Sofia Holden in straight sets by a score of 6-1, 7-5. At number three singles, the Tigers picked up another point as #91 Maria Brito defeated Lauren Jones of BYU by a score of 6-4, 6-2. Clemson’s Karen Rombouts dropped another hard-fought match, falling to Olga Boulytcheva by a score of 5-7, 6-1, 7-5. BYU’s Rebecca Pike defeated Richele LeSaldo at five singles by a score of 7-5, 6-4, and Hadley Macfarlane edged Clemson’s Ioana Paun at six singles (6-3, 6-2).
Clemson claimed the doubles point to begin the match, despite an upset of the Tigers’ top doubles team. Clemson’s seventh-ranked tandem of Julie Coin fell to BYU’s Zahnova and Holden by a score of 8-6 at number one doubles. At two doubles, the Tigers’ duo of Daniela Alvarez and Karen Rombouts defeated the Cougars’ three doubles team of Pike and Schneider by a score of 8-5 to secure the doubles point for the Tigers.
Brigham Young University 4, Clemson 3 Singles 1. #45 Barbora Zahnova (BYU) def. #6 Julie Coin (CU) 6-7, 7-6, 6-0 2. #68 Daniela Alvarez (CU) def. Sofia Holden (BYU) 6-1, 7-5 3. #91 Maria Brito (CU) def. Lauren Jones (BYU) 6-4, 6-2 4. Olga Boulytcheva (BYU) def. Karen Rombouts (CU) 5-7, 6-1, 7-5 5. Rebecca Pike (BYU) def. Richele LeSaldo (CU) 7-5, 6-4 6. Hadley Macfarlane (BYU) def. Ioana Paun (CU) 6-3, 6-2 Doubles 1. Zahnova/Holden (BYU) def. #7Coin/Brito (CU) 8-6 2. Alvarez/Paun (CU) def. Macfarlane/Boulytcheva (BYU) 9-8 (2) 3. LeSaldo/Rombouts (CU) def. Pike/Schneider (BYU) 8-5
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