CLEMSON, S.C. – The Clemson women’s tennis team defeated College of Charleston and Presbyterian College on Sunday afternoon to conclude play in the Duckworth Classic. With the two wins, the Tigers improved to 4-0 on the young season, while the Cougars dropped to 1-2 and the Blue Hose fell to 0-1. Sunday’s two matches concluded the opening weekend festivities at the Tigers’ brand new Duckworth Family Tennis Facility.
Clemson 4, College of Charleston 0The Tigers won the doubles point with wins on all three courts. Marie-Alexandre Leduc and Fernanda Navarro, ranked third nationally, won 6-0 at No. 1, followed by Laura Marti and Ally Miller-Krasilnikov at No. 3 and Sydney Riley and Tate Schroeder at No. 2. Leduc and Navarro opened singles play with quick 6-0, 6-1 victories at No. 1 and No. 2, in that order. Schroeder clinched the Tiger win, downing her Cougar opponent 6-4, 6-1 at No. 4 singles.
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Clemson 4, Presbyterian College 1Clemson swept the all three doubles matches, for the second time on the day. The Blue Hose picked up a point via walkover at No. 6 singles, but the Tigers rebounded to win three straight. Navarro and Schroeder both picked up their second singles wins of the day, at No. 2 and No. 3, respectively. Miller-Krasilnikov provided the final point of the match, winning 6-1, 6-4 at No. 5 singles.
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HEAD COACH NANCY HARRIS QUOTE“What a terrific weekend for our Clemson Tigers and their play in the Duckworth Family Classic. The opening of the new facility starting with Mr. Ed Duckworth’s first serve on Friday was exciting, emotional and so memorable. Our Inaugural Team has so much to be thankful for starting with Ed and Jane Duckworth, who dedicated their lives for the last eight years to raise funds for our new Duckworth Family Tennis Center. In addition, we are thankful to our athletic director Dan Radakovich whose vision to place all Clemson athletic teams amongst the nation’s best programs supported the building of this incredible facility.
“Our team brought their spirit, their hard work and focus to win four important matches over the last three days and I couldn’t be more thankful for their efforts, as well as for our fans who cheered the team to victory. The opening weekend of the Duckworth Family Tennis Facility is a memory we will all have forever. Go Tigers!”
UP NEXTClemson travels to Tallahassee, Fla. for the ITA Kickoff Weekend on Jan. 25-26. The Tigers face LSU on Friday, Jan. 25 at 1 p.m., and then either Florida State or Tennessee on Saturday, Jan. 26.