May 25, 2007
ATHENS, GA – Clemson’s Ani Mijacika held serve and aced the final point to send her and partner Federica van Adrichem to the quarterfinals of the 2007 NCAA Women’s Tennis Doubles Championships on Friday evening. The Tiger tandem won a three-set battle over UCLA’s Yasmin Schnack and Riza Zalameda, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, GA on the campus of the University of Georgia. They improved to 17-4 on the year and won their seventh straight decision.
By advancing to the Elite Eight, Mijacika and van Adrichem earned All-America status and became just the second Clemson doubles team to reach the round of eight in the national tournament. Former Tigers Jane Forman and Gigi Fernandez fell in the quarterfinals of the 1983 championships.
Mijacika and van Adrichem broke the Bruins’ serve early in the first set to take a 3-1 lead and were not broken by the UCLA duo in the frame. After falling in the second set, the Clemson tandem held serve to notch the first point of the third set. The teams traded breaks early in the frame before the Tigers held to go up 4-3. They then recorded a second break point for the 5-3 advantage and held serve for the victory.
The Clemson duo will continue play on Saturday when they will face the winner of Lindsay Burdette and Anne Yelsey of Stanford and UNLV’s team of Elena Gantcheva and Kristina Nedeltcheva in the round of eight.
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