May 26, 2007
ATHENS, GA – The Clemson women’s tennis doubles tandem of Ani Mijacika and Federica van Adrichem made history on Saturday afternoon as they became the first doubles team in program history to advance to the semifinals of the NCAA Doubles Championships. The Tiger duo defeated Stanford’s duo of Lindsay Burdette and Anne Yelsey in straight sets in their round of eight match-up, winning, 6-3, 6-4, at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex on the campus of the University of Georgia in Athens, GA.
Mijacika, a freshman from Makarska, Croatia, and van Adrichem, a sophomore from Amersfoort, Holland, now boast an 18-4 overall record and are winners of their last eight decisions. Prior to the duo’s performance, Clemson’s best showing in the national doubles tournament was a quarterfinal appearance in the 1983 event.
Both sets on Saturday were hard-fought battles with the Tigers breaking the Cardinal serve just once in each frame. Clemson led 3-2 in the first set and nearly recorded the break in the next game. Stanford managed to hold serve at that point, but Mijacika and van Adrichem were able to take the 5-3 advantage just moments later. They then served for the 6-3 set victory.
The teams were then tied 4-4 in the second frame before the Tigers broke the Cardinal serve. The Clemson duo then clinched match point on Mijacika’s serve for a second straight day, notching the 6-4 victory.
The Tigers will face Megan Moulton-Levy and Katarina Zoricic of William & Mary, the #1 seed in the tournament, on Sunday at the Henry Feild Stadium at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens.
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