Sept. 27, 2007
CLEMSON, SC – The Clemson women’s tennis team will begin competition at the Furman Fall Classic on Friday, Sept. 28, marking the sixth straight year the Tigers have participated in the tournament. All nine members of the team will play in the event, which will be held at the Mickel Tennis Center on the campus of Furman University in Greenville, SC. Play continues on Saturday and will conclude on Sunday, Sept. 30.
Ani Mijacika, who is ranked 21st in the preseason ITA Tennis singles poll, will begin her sophomore campaign after one of the most successful rookie seasons in school history. She will compete in the flight one singles bracket. Fellow sophomore Ina Hadziselimovic is entered at flight two while rookie Laurianne Henry, a native of nearby Anderson, SC, will play at flight three. Juniors Federica van Adrichem and Alexandra Luc are then slated to compete in the flights four and five brackets, respectively. Sophomore Samantha Eppelsheimer will play at flight six, and senior Kathryn Gerber is entered at flight seven.
In doubles competition, Mijacika and Van Adrichem will pair up for their first match of the 2007 fall season. The Tiger duo is listed at #2 in the preseason rankings after advancing to the semifinals of the 2007 NCAA Doubles Championship. They boasted an 18-5 overall record last year and will play in the flight one bracket this weekend.
Clemson’s tandem of Estefania Balda and Carol Salge, ranked #32 in the preseason poll, will be in action at flight two, while Henry and Hadziselimovic will compete at flight three. Eppelsheimer and Gerber will also participate in doubles play in the flight four bracket.
The 2007 Classic includes teams from five different states, as North Carolina, Penn State, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Wisconsin join the Tigers, host Paladins and Gamecocks of South Carolina. All four flights of doubles play will begin at 9:00 am on Friday with the flight championships taking place on Saturday morning. Singles action will then start at 1:00 pm on Friday and will continue throughout the weekend.
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