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Clemson Earns #9 Overall Seed in 2010 NCAA Tournament

May 4, 2010

NCAA Tournament Bracket

CLEMSON, SC – The Clemson women’s tennis team earned the number-nine overall seed in the 2010 NCAA Tournament as announced on Tuesday. The Tigers finished the regular season with a 22-5 mark and ranked ninth in the Campbell/ ITA Poll.

Clemson will play the College of Charleston (20-9), the Southern Conference Champions in the first round at 1:00 pm on May 14. Georgia (12-8) and Harvard (14-7) will play in the other first round match at 10:00 am on the 14th, with the winners advancing to play at 1:00 pm on Saturday, May 15. Each of these matches will take place at Clemson’s Hoke Sloan Tennis Center.

The Sweet 16 through the finals will be held May 20-25 in Athens, GA at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex. The Singles and Doubles Championships will take place there as well.

The Tigers have now hosted the first and second rounds in seven straight seasons.

Clemson has had a strong history in the NCAA Tournament. Overall, this is the 18th Tournament selection in school history. Clemson has a 22-17 all-time mark in the tournament, including a 17-10 mark under Nancy Harris, who has guided teams to the dance in 11 of her 13 seasons as head coach.

The Tigers have advanced past the first round in each of the past eight seasons, and have made the Sweet 16 in five of the past six years. The Tigers reached the Final Four in 2004 and 2005.

The 2010 Tigers will enter the tournament at 22-5. Three Tigers were named to the All-ACC team in sophomores Ina Hadziselimovic.

The nine-seed is Clemson’s best since the 2007 season, when the registered a #7 seed and reached the Sweet 16.

Clemson has already played both the Cougars and Bulldogs this season, recording wins over each. Clemson opened its season with a 7-0 win over the Cougars indoors, and defeated #4 Georgia, 4-3, in Athens on Feb. 6. Junior Laurianne Henry was named the ACC Player of the Week after her dramatic match-clinching win against the Bulldogs to give Clemson its fourth road win against a top-five team in school history.