April 16, 2010
CLEMSON, SC – The eighth-ranked Clemson women’s tennis team will travel to Virginia this weekend for matches with Virginia Tech and Virginia. Clemson (19-4, 7-2 ACC) will take on Virginia Tech (9-10, 2-7 ACC) on Saturday at noon and then will head to Charlottesville for a noon showdown with No. 31 Virginia (13-6, 5-4 ACC) on Sunday.
This will conclude the regular season for the Tigers, who will await seeding for the ACC Tournament, held from April 22-25 in Cary, NC. With their next win, the Tigers will hit the 20-win plateau for the 12th time in school history and fourth time under Nancy Harris. Clemson has played 12 teams ranked in the current Campbell/ITA Poll.
Clemson enters the weekend with four nationally ranked singles players in No. 19 Ina Hadziselimovic. The doubles team of Bek and Hadziselimovic are ranked ninth nationally, while Hadziselimovic and Wong are ranked 27th in the nation.
Hadziselimovic will try to become the school’s winningest doubles players in history. She enters the weekend with a 99-42 (.702) career record, just one win shy of the mark set by Jody Trucks in 1984.
Virginia Tech enters on a seven-match losing streak. The Tigers have a 10-3 record all-time against the Hokies, and have a five match winning streak, dating back to 1999. Holly Johnson and Yasmin Hamza are ranked 63rd nationally in doubles.
Virginia will be trying to set their school record for ACC wins in a season with six this weekend. Clemson holds a 31-4 mark against the Cavaliers all-time, including a 10-2 mark in Charlottesville. For the Cavs, sophomore Lindsey Hardenbergh is ranked 44th in the singles poll. The team of Jennifer Stevens and Hana Tomljanovic is No. 38 in doubles, while the team of Hardenbergh and Erin Vierra is No. 50.
Clemson will participate in the ACC tournament next weekend. The Tigers can wrap up a first-round bye with a split this weekend, and a sweep would give them the three seed.
The Tigers will learn their NCAA Tournament fate on May 4 as the NCAA Women’s Tennis Selection shows airs live on ESPNews. Clemson has been selected as a host site in six straight seasons.
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