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No. 17 Clemson to Play at No. 26 South Carolina

Feb. 21, 2012

The 17th-ranked Clemson women’s tennis team will travel to Columbia to take on No. 26 South Carolina on Wednesday at 2:00 pm at the Carolina Tennis Center. It will be the 47th meeting all-time between the teams, with the Gamecocks holding a 12-9 edge in matches played in Columbia. Live scoring will be available at Clemsontigers.com. It is scheduled to open the outdoor portion of Clemson’s schedule, pending weather.

Live Scoring: Wednesday, 2 PM

Clemson has won five in a row in the series overall, which favors the Tigers, 24-22. The two teams are familiar, as there were three meetings in individual play during the fall tournament season, with Clemson winning two of the three matches in singles and a 1-0 mark in doubles. The Tigers have been off for nearly ten days since their last action in the ITA Team National Indoor Championships. Clemson fell to No. 10 Michigan in the Round of 16, before bouncing back for a 4-0 win over No. 23 Mississippi in the Consolation round. No. 14 Texas then topped the Tigers, 4-3, on the final day before the Tigers came home from Charlottesville. Clemson features three ranked singles players, led by senior Romy Kölzer, who is 9-1. In doubles, Beatrice Gumulya and Keri Wong earned the No. 38 national ranking after knocking off the nation’s No. 4 duo from Mississippi last week. They are 5-1 this season at flight one doubles. Clemson has also had a spark from Vyskocilova and Monika Kochanova, who are 13-2 together and have won nine straight matches. After playing South Carolina, the road gets no easier, as the Tigers will play seven of the next eight on the road, including No. 6 Georgia, No. 14 Miami, No. 16 Georgia Tech, before the home match with No. 22 Florida State on March 10. ITA RankingsSingles Players Ranked: No. 17 Clemson: Keri Wong (55), Nelly Ciolkowski (78), Klara Vyskocilova (82)No. 26 South Carolina: Anya Morgina (29), Jaklin Alawi (59), Dijana Stojic (119)Doubles Teams Ranked:No. 17 Clemson: Keri Wong and Josipa Bek (8), Keri Wong and Beatrice Gumulya (38)No. 26 South Carolina: none

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