April 24, 2010
CARY, NC – The third-seeded and eighth-ranked Clemson women’s tennis team was upset in the semifinals by seven-seed and 20th-ranked Georgia Tech(17-9) at the ACC Tournament at the Cary Tennis Center on Saturday. The Yellow Jackets dropped the doubles point but won singles at flights one, three, four, and five to close out Clemson, 4-2. Clemson falls to 22-5 on the season.
Freshman Caroline Magnusson was Clemson’s lone singles winner, a 6-1 6-1 decision at flight six. The Tigers had defeated Georgia Tech in Atlanta earlier this season by a 5-2 margin.
The Tigers lost for the first time in 18 matches this season when winning the doubles point. Georgia Tech advanced to the semifinals after beating Virginia Tech in the first round and knocking off two-seed Miami on Friday.
Clemson took the doubles point quickly. The ninth-ranked duo of Ina Hadziselimovic defeated the #21-ranked tandem of Irina Falconi and Sasha Krupina, 8-3. It avenged an earlier season loss to the same duo earlier in the season, Bek and Hadziselimovic’s only doubles loss in ACC play during the regular season. It was the 11th straight win for the pair, and was Hadziselimovic’s 33rd win of the year, tying a school-record for doubles wins in a season.
Laurianne Henry clinched the doubles point for the second straight day with an 8-4 win over Lynn Blau and Hillary Davis at flight two.
At flight three, Georgia Tech’s duo of Ngo and Kilborn held a 7-5 lead over Caroline Magnusson, but did not finish due to the clinched point.
Magnusson bounced back after a tough day yesterday to post a 6-1, 6-1 win at flight six over Hillary Davis to give Clemson a 2-0 lead.
Krupina got back at Hadziselimovic with a 6-4, 6-3 win to pull Georgia Tech to within one at 2-1 at flight three singles.
Top-ranked Irina Falconi handed Josipa Bek her first loss in more than a month with a 6-3, 6-3 win. The score was deceiving as the two played for almost two hours, battling for every point.
Georgia Tech put on the full court press by taking a 3-2 lead as Lynn Blau defeated Nelly Ciolkowski, 6-4, 7-5 at flight four.
The match came down to junior Laurianne Henry at flight five and sophomore Keri Wong at flight two. Henry was already well into her third set with Elizabeth Kilborn. Henry had won the first set, 6-3, and dropped the second 6-4. Down 3-2, Henry broke serve to tie it at 3-all, but Kilborn broke back to take a 4-3 lead. Kilborn then held, fighting off game point to take a 5-3 lead. Henry held to close the margin to 5-4. Kilborn had serve in the tenth game. Henry fought off match point twice, before Kilborn closed out the final point to clinch the match.
Meanwhile, at flight two, Keri Wong took the second set 6-0 after dropping the first in a tiebreaker, 7-6 (8-6). The two went to a third set, which Wong led when the match was called due to the match being decided at No. 5.
Despite the loss, Clemson will enter the NCAA Tournament as winners of 12 of their last 14 matches overall. The selection show is May 4 on ESPNews. The top 16 teams host in the tournament, and Clemson has hosted in each of the past eight seasons.
Georgia Tech 4, #8 Clemson 2
April 24, 2010 – Cary, NC – ACC Semifinals
1. #9 Bek/Hadziselimovic (CU) def. #21 Falconi/Krupnia (GT), 8-3
2. Henry/Wong (CU) def. Blau/Davis (GT), 8-4
3. Ngo/Kilborn (GT) led Ciolkowski/Magnusson (CU), 7-5, dnf
Order of Finish: 1,2
1. #1 Irina Falconi (GT) def. #19 Josipa Bek (CU), 6-3, 6-3
2. #74 Keri Wong (CU) led Viet Ha Ngo (GT), 6-7(6), 6-0, 2-0 DNF
3. Sasha Krupina (GT) def. #121 Ina Hadziselimovic (CU), 6-4, 6-3
4. Lynn Blau (GT) def. #94 Nelly Ciolkowski (CU), 6-4, 7-5
5. Elizabeth Kilborn (GT) def. Laurianne Henry (CU) v. 3-6, 6-4, 6-4
6. Caroline Magnusson (CU) def. Hillary Davis (GT), 6-1, 6-1
Order of finish: 6, 3, 1, 4, 5*
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