Oct. 27, 2008
WINSTON-SALEM, NC – Clemson women’s tennis player Josipa Bek captured the tournament title at the Wilson/ITA Southeast Regional Championships. The freshman from Osijek, Croatia won a pair of matches on Monday, Oct. 27 at the University Indoor Tennis Courts on the campus of Wake Forest University for the crown.
By claiming the regional title, Bek earned a bid to the ITA National Collegiate Indoor Championships, which will be held from Nov. 6-9 in Charlottesville, VA. Teammate Ani Mijacika, who also hails from Croatia, had already received an invitation to compete in the tournament.
Bek battled with 37th-ranked Caitlin Whoriskey in the semifinals early in the day, dropping the first set, 7-5. She then edged the Tennessee player by the same margin in the second set and eked out the upset victory in a third-set tie-break, 7-6(2), to advance. Bek then defeated #72 Laura Gioia of Furman in the finals, winning in straight sets (6-2, 7-5).
She now boasts a 10-2 record for the fall season with six wins over players ranked in the top 75. Bek is the third women’s tennis player to win the ITA Southeast Regional Championships under Head Coach Federica van Adrichem won the event in 2005 while former standout Julie Coin captured the title in 2002.
Bek’s Tournament Results Rd. 64: def. Ryann Cutillo (WAKE) – 6-1, 6-4 Rd. 32: def. Laura Reichert (UNC) – 6-0, 6-2 Rd. 16: def. #10 Sanaz Marand (UNC) – 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 Rd. 8: def. #40 Catherine Newman (VANDY) – 6-7(6), 7-6(2), 6-1 Rd. 4: def. #37 Caitlin Whoriskey (TENN) – 5-7, 7-5, 7-6(2) Finals: def. #72 Laura Gioia (FURMAN) – 6-2, 7-5
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