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Clemson Women’s Tennis Heads to Miami for Top-20 Saturday Showdown

Feb. 26, 2010

CLEMSON, SC – The 12th-ranked Clemson women’s tennis team will travel to Coral Gables to take on the 19th-ranked Miami Hurricanes on Saturday at noon. Clemson enters the match at 11-2 overall, and won their ACC opener against #14 Georgia Tech on Wednesday, which was also Nancy Harris’ 400th career victory as a head coach.

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She holds a 400-161 (.713) record in her career, and is 204-114 (.642) at Clemson in her 13th season.

The match with Miami will close a six-day stretch in which the Tigers have played three ranked teams on the road. Miami is 4-3 on the season, and will play their ACC opener in this matchup. They have not played since Feb. 14, when they defeated #4 Georgia at the ITA Indoor National Championships.

Three Tigers are ranked in the most recent singles poll, with sophomore Josipa Bek (17-10) earning the nation’s #18 ranking, sophomore Keri Wong (15-6) at #65, and freshman Nelly Ciolkowski (18-3) checking in at #90.

In doubles, the tandem of Bek and senior Ina Hadziselimovic is ranked 16th nationally, as the pair advanced to the ITA Carolina Regionals in the fall after going to the Elite Eight in the NCAA Tournament last spring. Hadziselimovic and Wong also team up to form the nation’s 19th-ranked tandem. 

Miami features four ranked singles players in Laura Vallverdu (7), Bianca Eickhorn (55), Anna Bartenstein (89), and Gabriela Mejia (118).  The tandem of Mejia and Vallverdu is ranked fifth nationally in doubles as well.

Clemson has historically struggled against the ‘Canes, posting a 4-20 record, the lowest winning percentage for Clemson against any opponent whom the Tigers have played more than ten times, and have dropped eight straight matches at the hands of the Hurricanes, dating back to 2000. 

Clemson is coming off a 5-2 win at Georgia Tech, in which they won the doubles point, and proceeded to win four of the six singles matches. The Tigers are no stranger to the road this season either, posting a 5-0 road record so far in 2010, including three against ranked opponents.

The weather is forecasted to be in the high 60s, meaning the Tigers could play outside for only the second time this season. On Sunday, Clemson downed #24 South Carolina in Columbia on their outdoor courts, but were forced inside due to rain in Atlanta on Wednesday.

Following the match at Miami, Clemson will head back home for two straight home matches against South Florida and Florida State on Mar. 5 and 7, respectively.