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Clemson Women’s Tennis Sweeps Furman, 7-0, On Thursday

Clemson Women’s Tennis Sweeps Furman, 7-0, On Thursday

Feb. 5, 2009

CLEMSON, SC – The Clemson women’s tennis team remained perfect on the year with a 7-0 sweep of Furman on Thursday afternoon. The Tigers (5-0) won all three doubles matches and all six players posted straight set wins in singles play.

Ani Mijacika posted her second straight top-10 victory as the Clemson junior defeated ninth-ranked Laura Gioia, 6-4, 6-2, at the top singles flight. She improved to 17-3 overall and 5-0 in dual matches. Josipa Bek also recorded a win over a ranked opponent, edging #47 Monica Arguello by a 7-6(5), 6-2 margin in the flight two match-up. At number three, Keri Wong won her fifth straight with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Furman’s Jessica Preeg.

Estefania Balda then picked up a 6-1, 6-2 win against Susan Bitetti at the flight four position and Alexandra Luc defeated Lauren Tomory at the fifth spot, 6-1, 6-3. At flight six, Ina Hadziselimovic easily handled the Paladins’ Jennifer Betts as the Clemson junior did not drop a game in the match.

The Tigers improved to 4-1 in doubles action with wins at all three positions on Thursday. Mijacika and Wong partnered at the number-one position to narrowly defeat Furman’s team of Gioia and Aruguello in a tie-break, 9-8(5). Hadziselimovic and Bek then teamed up for the first time this year and downed Preeg and Tomory, 8-0, at flight two. Balda and Luc then posted an 8-0 victory over the Paladin tandem of Betts and Mosteller.

Clemson will return to action on Saturday afternoon as the Tigers take on sixth-ranked Georgia at the Clemson Indoor Tennis Center. The match-up is slated to begin at 2:30 pm.

#11 Clemson def. Furman, 7-0 Doubles 1. Mijacika/Wong (CU) def. Gioia/Arguello (FU), 9-8(5) 2. Bek/Hadziselimovic (CU) def. Preeg/Tomory (FU), 8-0 3. Balda/Luc (CU) def. Betts/Mosteller (FU), 8-0 Singles 1. #4 Ani Mijacika (CU) def. #9 Laura Gioia (FU), 6-4, 6-2 2. #10 Josipa Bek (CU) def. #37 Monica Arguello (FU), 7-6(5), 6-2 3. #111 Keri Wong (CU) def. Jessica Preeg (FU), 6-1, 6-2 4. Estefania Balda (CU) def. Susan Bitetti (FU), 6-1, 6-2 5. #117 Alexandra Luc (CU) def. Lauren Tomory (CU), 6-1, 6-3 6. Ina Hadziselimovic (CU) def. Jennifer Betts (FU), 6-0, 6-0 Records: Clemson 5-0; Furman 0-3