March 10, 2006
CLEMSON, SC – After playing five straight away matches, the Clemson women’s tennis team (5-4, 0-1) will return to its home court this weekend to open their home ACC schedule. The Tigers will face the Virginia Cavaliers (6-3, 1-0) at the Hoke Sloan Tennis Center on Mar. 11 and will then play host to Virginia Tech on Mar. 12. Saturday’s match is scheduled to begin at 11:00 AM while Sunday’s contest is slated for a 12:00 noon start time.
Two Tiger doubles teams are boasting impressive records for the early season. Clemson’s top pair of Carol Salge and Federica van Adrichem, previously unranked, is listed ninth in the most recent Fila/ITA doubles poll. The pair has posted upsets of three teams ranked in the top 40, including two in the top 15. Overall, Salge and van Adrichem have a 6-1 record with their only loss coming to the #4 doubles team from Harvard on Mar. 4.
Also having success on the doubles court are Tigers Daniela Alvarez and Alexandra Luc. The duo has played three matches at the flight three position and four at flight two, compiling a 6-1 overall record. Alvarez and Luc, ranked in a tie for 40th in the Mar. 7 doubles poll, have won their last three matches, including an 8-6 upset of Georgia Tech’s #55 team on Mar. 1
Clemson leads the series score over the Cavaliers by a 25-4 margin and is 12-1 all-time in matches played on its home court. Last season, the Tigers defeated the Cavaliers, 6-1, in Charlottesville, VA. Clemson also claimed the last match between the schools played at the Hoke Sloan Tennis Center, during the 2004 season, by the same margin.
Sunday’s match will be the 10th meeting between the Tigers and Hokies with Clemson holding a 6-3 advantage over Virginia Tech. The Tigers won the 2005 season match-up by a score of 6-1 in Blacksburg, VA. The two schools have met six times in Clemson, SC with the home team earning the victory in five of those matches. The teams last played at the Tigers’ home court during the 2003 season, when Clemson edged Virginia Tech, 4-3.
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