April 16, 2003
CLEMSON, SC – The 16th-ranked Clemson women’s tennis team will travel to Raleigh, NC to compete in the 2003 ACC Championships to be held at the Millbrook Tennis Center this weekend. The Tigers are the second-seeded team in the tournament, which is the highest for a Clemson team since the 1994 season. The Tigers will take on the winner of Thursday’s match between seventh-seeded Maryland and eighth-seeded Wake Forest on Friday, Apr. 18 at 12:00 p.m.
Clemson is 17-4 overall this season and 7-1 in the ACC. The Tigers are currently ranked 16th nationally after upsetting 12th-ranked North Carolina and falling to fifth-ranked Duke last weekend. The 7-1 mark in the ACC is the team’s best since the 1993 season when the Tigers were also 7-1. Clemson was the runner-up at the ACC Tournament that season and finished the season ranked 12th nationally.
The Tigers hold a 20-3 all-time advantage over Maryland. Earlier this season, Clemson defeated the Terrapins by a score of 5-2 in College Park. This season, Maryland is 10-9 overall and 2-6 in the ACC, most recently defeating Wake Forest by a score of 4-3 at home.
Clemson is 16-17 overall against the Demon Deacons, including a 6-1 victory earlier this season in Winston-Salem. The win was the Tigers’ first over Wake Forest since the 1993 season, when Clemson won a 7-2 decision at home. In 2003, the Demon Deacons have a 3-21 overall record (1-7 in the ACC) with the recent loss to Maryland.
The Tigers’ have been the ACC Tournament Champions six times in program history. The team’s most recent championship was in 1987, when Clemson defeated Wake Forest to win the title and went on to finish the season ranked 20th nationally. At the 2002 ACC Championships, the Tigers lost to Georgia Tech in the first round by a score of 4-3.
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