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Tiger Doubles Team Wins Consolation Final At ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships

Tiger Doubles Team Wins Consolation Final At ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships

Nov. 10, 2003

Clemson’s Maria Brito and Julie Coin won the consolation doubles final at the 2003 ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships on Saturday in Ann Arbor, MI. Coin reached the semifinal round of the consolation singles bracket before falling at the tournament which was held at the University of Michigan’s Varsity Tennis Center.

Brito and Coin lost an 8-6 decision in doubles to the tournament’s fourth-seeded team of Raquel Kops-Jones and Sasha Podkolzina of California to move to the consolation bracket. The pair defeated Texas A&M’s Jessica Roland and Helga Vieira (8-5) and Marshall’s 41st-ranked team of Jessica Johnson and Ashley Kroh (8-5) to reach the consolation final. The Tigers’ team won an 8-6 decision over Michelle DaCosta and Leanne Rutherford of Michigan in the finals.

In the first round of the consolation singles bracket, Coin defeated Petra Dizdar of Texas, 7-6(6), 6-3. She won a 6-4, 6-3 decision over California’s Sasha Podkolzina in the second round before falling to Shadisha Robinson of Georgia in three sets (3-6, 6-0, 6-4) in the consolation semifinal.

Brito and Coin, ranked 29th in the ITA’s preseason poll, finish the fall season with an 11-3 overall record in doubles. The pair won the ITA Southeast Regional Doubles Championship, becoming the first doubles team in Clemson history to claim the title. Coin, who was 13th in the preseason singles rankings, completes the fall season with a 6-3 record, including wins over the seventh and 14th-ranked players in the nation.

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