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Clemson Women’s Tennis Downs Boise State, Advances To Championship On Sunday

Jan. 31, 2009

ROUNDS 1 & 2 – GALLERY (courtesy of Mark Crammer)

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CLEMSON, SCJosipa Bek clinched a 4-1 victory for the Clemson women’s tennis team on Saturday in the first round of the 2009 ITA Kick-Off Weekend. The Tigers rebounded from a loss to Boise State in doubles play to capture the first four singles flights and reach Sunday’s championship match.

Clemson will face Auburn at 2:00 pm at the Clemson Indoor Tennis Center for the chance to advance to the ITA National Team Indoor Championships, which will begin on Feb. 13. Admission is free to the general public.

The Tigers lost the doubles point for the first time this season as Boise State picked up wins at the first and third positions to take a 1-0 lead in the match. Clemson’s team of Ina Hadziselimovic and Keri Wong downed Broncos Bianca Jochimsen and Laura Baum at flight two, 8-2, to give the Tigers the first match.

However, Boise State’s Pichittra Thongdach and Lauren Megale won the final four games over Ani Mijacika at the top spot to post the 8-4 victory. Rocio Frej and Klaudia Wlodarcyzk then clinched the point with an 8-4 win over Estefania Balda and Alexandra Luc at flight three.

Mijacika, ranked 4th in the latest ITA Tennis singles poll, evened the match at one apiece with a straight set victory at the top flight. She downed Thongdach of Boise State, 6-1, in the first set and then claimed the final four games in the second set for the 6-3 victory.

Wong put Clemson on top by a 2-1 margin with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Wllodarcyzk at the number four position. Balda then posted the Tigers’ third point of the afternoon with a three-set victory at the third flight. The Clemson junior edged Jochimsen in the first set, 6-4, before falling to the Boise State player in the second, 6-2. Balda rebounded for the 6-1 victory in the third to put the Tigers within one win of the match.

Bek then sealed the Tiger victory, winning a battle at flight two. The rookie from Osijek, Croatia won the first set by a 6-2 margin, but the Bronco’s Lauren Megale claimed the second, 6-4. Megale also jumped out to an early 2-1 lead in the deciding set before Bek rallied to win five of the next six games.

Clemson’s Luc and Hadziselimovic were also leading in their matches at flights five and six, respectively, before play was called.

Earlier on Saturday, Auburn defeated Louisville by a 4-0 margin. The Tigers won the doubles point and the claimed matches at the first three singles positions to move to 1-1 on the year.

#11 Clemson #41 Boise State Doubles 1. Thongdach/Megale (BSU) def. Bek/Mijacika (CU), 8-4 2. Hadziselimovic/Wong (CU) def. Jochimsen/Baum (BSU), 8-2 3. Frej/Wlodarczyk (BSU) def. Balda/Luc (CU), 8-4 Order of Finish – 2, 1, 3

Singles 1. #4 Ani Mijacika (CU) def. #104 Pichittra Thongdach (BSU), 6-1, 6-3 2. #10 Josipa Bek (CU) def. Lauren Megale (BSU), 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 3. Esfefania Balda (CU) def. Bianca Jochimsen (BSU), 6-4, 2-6, 6-1 4. #111 Keri Wong (CU) def. Klaudia Wlodarczyk (BSU), 6-1, 6-3 5. Alexandra Luc (CU) led Laura Baum (BSU), 6-2, dnf 6. Ina Hadziselimovic (CU) led Rocio Frej (BSU), 6-1, 3-1, dnf Order of Finish – 1, 4, 3, 2