March 29, 2009
WINSTON-SALEM, NC – The 12th-ranked Clemson women’s tennis team swept all three doubles contests for the third consecutive match en route to a 6-1 victory over Wake Forest on Sunday afternoon at Leighton Stadium in Winston-Salem, NC. The Tigers then posted five wins in singles play to extend their winning streak to six straight and move to 14-5 on the year and 6-1 against conference opponents.
The Demon Deacons fell to 12-6 overall and 3-3 in the ACC.
Clemson won the doubles point for the 15th time this season as all three teams posted wins on Sunday. Ina Hadziselimovic partnered for an 8-4 victory over Emille Malvehy and Alieen Davis of Wake Forest at flight two for the first win of the day. The Tiger duo of Estefania Balda and Alexandra Luc then clinched the point, defeating Christian Tara and Katarina Reveche by an 8-3 margin at the third position.
Ani Mijacika and Keri Wong, the nation’s eighth-ranked team, then recorded an 8-3 victory over Sasha Kulikova and Sierra Poske to improve to 9-2 in dual matches.
Wong scored the Clemson’s second point of the afternoon with her singles win against Reveche at flight four. The Tiger rookie dropped just one game for her eighth straight win and 21st for the year.
Mijacika, ranked #1 nationally, put Clemson ahead, 3-0, as she defeated Kulikova by a 6-1, 6-1 margin at the top position, and 10th-ranked Bek followed with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Poske at flight two. Both Tiger players now boast 26 wins for the fall and spring seasons combined.
Wake Forest posted its lone point of the day as Clemson’s Hadziselimovic fell to Tara at flight four in a three-set battle (1-6, 6-0, 6-3).
Balda then clinched the victory for the Tigers as she eked out the win at the third position over Malvehy in a super-tie-break third set (7-6, 2-6, 10-8); and Luc closed out the match with a 6-3, 6-4 defeat of Ryann Cutillo at flight six.
Clemson will return to the Hoke Sloan Tennis Center next weekend as the Tigers will play host to Maryland and Boston College.
#12 Clemson def. Wake Forest, 6-1
Order of Finish – 2, 3, 1
Josipa Bek (CU) def. Sierra Poske (WF) – 6-1, 6-3 3. #95 Estefania Balda (CU) def. Emilee Malvehy (WF) – 7-6(3), 2-6, 10-8 4. Christian Tara (WF) def. #114 Ina Hadziselimovic (CU) – 1-6, 6-0, 6-3 5. #102 Keri Wong (CU) def. Katarina Reveche (WF) – 6-0, 6-1 6. Alexandra Luc (CU) def. Ryann Cutillo (WF) – 6-3, 6-4Order of Finish – 5, 1, 2, 4, 3, 6
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