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Clemson Plays Host to First Two Rounds of NCAA Women’s Tennis Tournament

May 12, 2010



Competition ScheduleFriday, May 14, 2010 Harvard v. Georgia, 10:00 am #9 Clemson v. College of Charleston, 1:00 pm or 30 minutes after first match Saturday, May 15, 2010 Winners of Friday’s matches, 1:00 pm

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CLEMSON, SC – The overall No. 9 Clemson women’s tennis team will open the 2010 NCAA Tournament on Friday at 1:00 pm as they host the College of Charleston Cougars (20-9). The Tigers (22-5) are hosting the NCAA Tournament for the seventh consecutive season, and will try to advance in their ninth consecutive dance.

In the other first round match, Georgia (12-8) will take on Harvard (14-7) in a first round matchup at 10:00 am on Friday. The winners of the two Friday matches will play on Saturday at 1:00 pm at the Hoke Sloan Tennis Center for a chance to play in the Sweet 16 in Athens, GA.

Clemson and College of Charleston met earlier this season on Jan. 23, 2010. Clemson won 7-0 in the season-opening match for both teams. The match was played indoors in Clemson. The Tigers are 20-1 all-time against the Cougars, but the two have never met in the NCAA Tournament.

Should Clemson advance, they would play the winner of Harvard and Georgia. Clemson is 1-2 all-time against the Crimson, but have not met since 2006. Clemson is 21-20 all-time against Georgia, including a 4-3 win this season in Athens.

In singles, Clemson features four ranked players, led by #17 Josipa Bek, who is 27-13 on the season and was named to the 2010 All-ACC team. Bek has played well lately, winning ten of her last 11 matches, with the only loss coming to the #1 player in the nation.

Sophomore All-ACC selection Ina Hadziselimovic is 110th and freshman Nelly Ciolkowski is ranked 114th.

In doubles, Bek and Hadziselimovic are ranked 7th in the nation, and have earned a 5-8 seed in the doubles championship. Each has set a new career high in doubles wins this season, with Hadziselimovic nothing a school-record 33 and Bek not far behind with 29. Hadziselimovic is also the career record-holder with 103 doubles wins. Hadziselimovic and Wong are also ranked 28th in the nation.

This weekend, Clemson is seeking its fourth straight Sweet 16 appearance and their sixth in the last seven years. The Tigers made the Final Four in 2004 and 2005, and have advanced in nine consecutive tournaments.

Nancy Harris’ nine straight tourney selections is the fifth-longest streak for any sport in Clemson history. Additionally, she is one of only four coaches in Clemson athletics history to earn NCAA Team bids in nine straight years.