Sept. 28, 2007
GREENVILLE, SC – Three Clemson doubles teams advanced to their respective finals on Friday to highlight the first day of play at the 2007 Furman Fall Classic in Greenville, SC. Four Tigers players also won singles matches on Friday at Furman’s University’s Mickel Tennis Center to give the team a solid start to the fall season.
Clemson’s team of Ani Mijacika and Federica van Adrichem, ranked #2 in the preseason ITA Tennis poll, rolled through their flight one bracket, allowing their opponents just three games in the two matches. They defeated Elizabeth Carpenter and Jessica Seyferth of Wisconsin, 8-2, in the first round and then won 8-1 over Penn State’s team of Jenny Shular and Sarah Lotto in the semifinals.
Estefania Balda and Carol Salge then posted back-to-back 8-2 victories to reach the finals of the flight two bracket. The Tiger team defeated Tennessee’s Vogel and Meredith in the opening match and Wisconsin’s Tuttle and Nusslock in the second round. The Tiger team of Ina Hadziselimovic and Laurianne Henry won an 8-2 decision in its first contest of the day against Roberts and Dolan of Wisconsin. They then defeated Furman’s Tomory and Arguello by an 8-6 margin at flight three.
In other doubles action, Samantha Eppelsheimer and Kathryn Gerber recorded an 8-2 victory over Furman’s Betts and Vanderbilt’s Kilborn and then defeated Jobe and Mirnova of Wisconsin by an identical score.
Mijacika, Henry and Van Adrichem also posted wins in singles play. Mijacika, listed at #21 in the preseason singles rankings, defeated North Carolina’s Jelena Durisic in straight sets (6-1, 6-3) at flight one, while Henry won by a 6-4, 6-4 margin over Ghizela Schutte of Tennesse at flight three. Van Adrichem won a three-set battle against Vanderbilt’s Keilly Ulery in the flight four bracket (7-5, 6-7(3), 6-4), and Alexandra Luc also recorded a three-set victory, winning the final two sets over Jennifer Meredith of Tennessee at number five (2-6, 7-6(6), 6-1).
Hadziselimovic fell to Tennessee’s Caitlin Whoriskey, 6-1, 6-1, at flight two, while Eppelsheimer dropped a 6-4, 6-3 decision to Caroline Ferrell of Vanderbilt and Kathryn Gerber was defeated by Betts (6-1, 6-2).
The doubles finals are scheduled to begin at 9:00 am on Saturday followed by second round and consolation bracket singles action. Singles finals will be played on Sunday.
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