June 3, 2005
CLEMSON, SC – Clemson women’s tennis standout Julie Coin held her #2 ranking in the final Intercollegiate Tennis Association poll of the 2004-05 season. The graduate from Amiens, France compiled a 38-5 overall record and a 26-2 mark in dual matches before falling in the final eight of the NCAA Individual Championships. The #2 ranking is the highest for a Clemson women’s tennis player in the history of the program. Coin is listed in the Tiger record books for a number of additional feats, including most singles victories in an individual season (5th), most doubles victories in an individual season (2nd), career singles victories (T-6th), career winning percentage singles play (4th) and career best set winning percentage (2nd). With Coin’s appearance in the final eight of the national tournament, she became the first Tiger women’s tennis player to reach the Sweet 16 twice in her career.
Freshman Romy Farah was also listed in the final ITA singles poll. The Cali, Colombia native was ranked 60th after boasting a 23-13 overall mark and a 19-10 dual match record. At flight two singles, she posted five upsets over ranked players. In the NCAA Team Tournament, defeated #24 Kendall Cline of North Carolina in Clemson’s Elite Eight, 4-1, victory over the Tar Heels.
Two Tiger doubles teams were ranked in the ITA doubles poll. Coin and Alix Lacelarie (14-3 overall; 10-1 dual) moved up to #10 with their performance in the NCAA Team and Doubles Championships. In Clemson’s round of 16 contest against Northwestern, the Tigers’ top doubles team upset #2-ranked Audra Cohen and Cristelle Grier, 8-1. They then defeated North Carolina’s fifth-ranked duo of Aniela Mojzis and Kendall Cline in the Elite Eight, 8-3. In the individual doubles tournament, Coin and Lacelarie defeated Lauren Colalillo and Kady Pooler, ranked #27, of Arizona State in the opening round before falling in three sets to UCLA’s fourth-ranked team of Daniela Bercek and Riza Zalameda in the round of 16. Coin was also ranked 26th with Farah in the doubles poll. The two were teammates early in the season and recorded a 16-4 overall mark, including a 12-3 record in dual matches.
The Tigers were ranked #10 in the final ITA team poll, released on May 26. It marks the fifth time the team has been ranked in the top 10 at the end of the season and the second consecutive year the feat was accomplished. Clemson was 22-9 for the 2005 season, including an 8-2 mark against the Atlantic Coast Conference during the regular season. The team advanced to the Final Four of the NCAA Championships for the second consecutive season, tying the 2004 team’s record for best finish by a Clemson women’s program. During their run, the Tigers defeated #58 Furman and #20 William & Mary in the NCAA Regionals and then upset sixth-ranked Northwestern in the round of 16. Clemson then won its Elite Eight contest against #13 North Carolina before falling to #1 and eventual champion Stanford in the Final Four.
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