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No. 24 Women’s Tennis to Play at No. 13 Virginia, No. 66 Virginia Tech this Weekend

April 6, 2012

The 24th-ranked Clemson women’s tennis team will play a third consecutive top-15 opponent when they take on No. 13 Virginia (12-4, 5-2 ACC) on Saturday at 1:00 pm in Charlottesville, VA. The Tigers (11-8, 4-3 ACC) will turn around and play No. 66 Virginia Tech (11-8, 3-4 ACC) the following day at noon in Blacksburg, VA. Live scoring will be available at Clemsontigers.com.  It will mark the final road matches of the season for the Tigers, who close the regular season at home next weekend against NC State and Wake Forest. This weekend is key in the standings, as Virginia holds the fourth position, which would give them the first round bye in the ACC Tournament, held April 19-22 in Cary, NC. Virginia Tech sits on Clemson’s heels with a 3-4 conference mark as well. Clemson does hold a 33-5 record all-time against Virginia and a 13-3 record against Tech, including two wins a season ago. The Tigers have played one of the toughest schedules in the nation, with 17 of 19 matches played against teams ranked in the top-75 teams nationally, and nine against teams in the top 25. Seven of Clemson’s eight losses have come against top-15 foes. Clemson has dropped two in a row against No. 3 Duke and No. 8 North Carolina at home, Although the Tigers lost both of those matches, there was one key bright spot in both matches in freshman Beatrice Gumulya. Gumulya won both of her singles matches at flight four, including an upset-win over No. 86 Rachel Kahan of Duke, who had never lost in an ACC dual match. The freshman then went on to down North Carolina’s Gina Suarez-Malaguti in three sets. Gumulya is now 6-1 in the ACC season, and has won six of her last seven matches overall. Sophomore Klara Vyskocilova, ranked 88th nationally, has also played well, as she sports a team-best 20-7 singles mark overall, and a 6-1 record in ACC play. Vyskocilova has won seven of her last eight matches, playing everywhere from three to six in the lineup. With one more win, she will match her 21 singles wins from a season ago, when she went 21-12 overall. Vyskocilova has also helped bolster the doubles lineup, as she sports a team-best 25-7 record this season, including a 19-5 record with Monika Kochanova. Keri Wong has also continued her strong play, despite losing two in a row to top-30 national opponents. The senior is 20-9 this season, and needs two wins to reach 100 for her career. She has played at the No. 1 singles spot in each of the last two matches.

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