March 15, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, FL – Clemson women’s tennis players won the first four singles matches to secure a team victory and the 12th-ranked Tigers went on to defeat #24 Florida State, 5-1, on Sunday at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center. The teams played only singles matches due to inclement weather.
Clemson improved to 9-5 overall with a 2-1 record in conference play, while the Seminoles dropped their third straight, all against ACC opponents, to fall to 7-5 on the year and 0-3 in the league.
The Tigers jumped out to a 4-0 lead to quickly clinch the victory. Ani Mijacika rebounded from a loss last weekend to down Katie Rybakova at the top flight (6-0, 6-1) to win her 21st match of the year. The Clemson junior is now 21-5 overall and 9-2 during the spring season.
Ina Hadziselimovic picked up her 14th win of the year with a 6-1, 6-3 decision over Federica Suess at flight four.
Josipa Bek posted the Tigers’ fourth point and sealed Clemson’s ninth win of the season with a straight set victory at the second position. She edged Lauren Macfarlane, 7-5, in the first set and then defeated the Seminole player, 6-3, in the second to improve to 21-7 for the fall and spring seasons combined.
Noemi Scharle scored the lone point for Florida State on Sunday with a three-set win over Estefania Balda at flight three. Balda won the first set by a 6-4 margin before Scharle rebounded to claim the second and third sets (6-4, 6-3) for the victory.
Clemson’s Laurianne Henry and the Seminoles’ Jessica Sucipira battled at number six before Henry eked out the three-set win. Sucipira won the first set by a 6-3 margin but Henry rallied to claim the tie-break in the second set to even the match at 1-1. The Tiger sophomore outlasted the Florida State player in the third set, winning the final two games, for her first victory of the dual match season.
Clemson will continue its Florida road trip with a date at Central Florida in Orlando on Monday afternoon. The Tigers and Knights are scheduled to begin play at 2:00 pm. #12 Clemson def. #24 Florida State, 5-1 Singles 1. #1 Ani Mijacika (CU) def. #41 Katie Rybakova (FSU) – 6-0, 6-1 2. #4 Josipa Bek (CU) def. Lauren Macfarlane (FSU) – 7-5, 6-3 3. #38 Noemi Scharle (FSU) def. #76 Estefania Balda (CU) – 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 4. #117 Ina Hadziselimovic (CU) def. Federica Suess (FSU) – 6-1, 6-3 5. #101 Keri Wong (CU) def. Ania Rynarzewska (FSU) – 6-0, 6-2 6. Laurianne Henry (CU) def. Jessica Sucipira (FSU) – 3-6, 7-6(6), 7-5 Order of Finish – 1, 5, 4, 2, 3, 6 Records: Clemson 9-5, 2-1 ACC; Florida State 7-5, 0-3
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