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Women’s Tennis Closes Regular Season this Weekend

April 13, 2012

CLEMSON, SC – The Clemson women’s tennis team, up six spots this week to No. 18 in the ITA national rankings, will close out the regular season this weekend at the Hoke Sloan Tennis Center against Wake Forest and NC State. Clemson (13-8, 6-3 ACC) will take on Wake Forest (3-15, 0-9 ACC) on Saturday at 11:00 am, and NC State (7-13, 3-6 ACC) on Sunday at noon on Senior Day, where the Tigers will honor three seniors in Live scoring and a live blog will be available during the game at ClemsonTigers.com. The three senior players have combined for 273 singles wins and 269 doubles wins in their careers, and have reached the team NCAA Sweet 16 in each of the past three years. Bek is arguably Clemson’s most decorated player in school history. She is Clemson’s only six-time All-American (singles and doubles each year), and ranks tied for fifth in school history in singles wins and is the all-time leader in doubles wins with 116. She is currently in a tie for second all-time in total wins with 218. Wong is not far behind in fourth with 215 total career wins. She is a two-time doubles All-American and two-time All-ACC honoree. She and Bek are two of the only three players in school history with 100 or more singles and doubles wins. Nelly Ciolkowski will graduate in May after just three years at Clemson. The 2009 Carolina Regiona Rookie-of-the-year has won 72 singles matches in her three seasons, including clinching Clemson’s trip to the Sweet 16 at Arkansas a season ago. She has been ranked nationally during all three of her collegiate seasons. Clemson is 38-4 all-time against NC State, and 28-17 against Wake Forest. If Clemson is able to claim victories in both matches, they could clinch the No. 4 seed in the ACC Tournament, resulting in a first-round bye. The ACC Tournament will be held next week in Cary, NC, with the first round starting on Thursday. Two Tigers are ranked in singles play with Keri Wong checking in at No. 50 and Klara Vyskocilova at No. 63. In doubles, Bek and Wong are ranked 15th in doubles, while Wong and Beatrice Gumulya are ranked 39th. Gumulya and Vyskocilova each have 8-1 records in ACC play, while Wong is at 7-2 in league play.

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