March 30, 2008
CLEMSON, SC – Ani Mijacika won her sixth straight singles match and the 28th-ranked Clemson women’s tennis team rolled to a 7-0 victory over #42 NC State on Sunday afternoon.
Play was forced indoors for the second straight day with temperatures below 50 degrees in the area, but the Tigers responded with wins in all three doubles matches and straight-set victories at all six singles positions. Clemson is now 8-9 on the year and 4-3 in conference action, while the Wolfpack fell to 10-7 overall and 3-4 in the ACC.
The Tigers swept the doubles matches for the seventh time this season, winning the point in under an hour of play. Clemson’s 20th-ranked tandem of Ani Mijacika and Carol Salge improved to 9-2 on the year with a win over Berkeley Brock and Daria Petrovic of NC State at the top position. The Tiger duo won the last five games of the match and scored the final point on a powerful ace by Mijacika for the 8-3 win.
The number two match ended moments later as Clemson’s Estefania Balda and Federica van Adrichem held serve to defeat Lenka Hojckova and Julia Roach by an 8-3 margin. The Tiger team of Ina Hadziselimovic and Alexandra Luc then recovered from slow start and 4-1 deficit to post an 8-6 victory against the Wolfpack duo of Neils Barringer and Catherine Grotz.
Hadziselimovic breezed through her singles match-up, downing Roach, 6-0, 6-0, at flight four, while Balda won in straight sets over Petrovic (6-3, 6-1) to put Clemson on top 3-0.
At the number one position, Mijacika, the nation’s second-ranked singles player, defeated Brock to clinch the victory for the Tigers (6-4, 6-3). The sophomore from Makarska, Croatia now boasts a 23-5 record for the year.
Salge then posted her sixth straight win with a 6-4, 7-5 decision over Hojckova at number three, while Van Adrichem won her first singles contest in over a month, defeating Barringer at the fifth position (6-4, 6-3). Luc then finished out the match with a 6-4, 6-1 win against Barringer at number six.
The Tigers will be back in action at home next weekend, playing host to Virginia and Virginia Tech.
#28 Clemson def. #42 NC State Doubles
Order of Finish – 1, 2, 3
Order of Finish – 4, 2, 1, 3, 5, 6
Records: Clemson: 8-9, 4-3 ACC; NC State 10-7, 3-4 ACC
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