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Four Tigers To Compete In Riviera/ITA Women’s Tennis All-American Championships

Four Tigers To Compete In Riviera/ITA Women’s Tennis All-American Championships

Oct. 6, 2003

CLEMSON, S.C. – Four members of the Clemson women’s tennis team will compete in the Riviera/ITA Women’s Tennis All-American Championships to be held at the Riviera Tennis Club in Pacific Palisades, CA. The Oct. 9-12 main draw, in which Julie Coin will compete, is preceded by two sets of qualifying tournaments. Daniela Alvarez, Maria Brito, Coin and Alix Lacelarie will represent the Tigers at this year’s championship. Alvarez, Brito, Lacelarie and the Tigers’ doubles teams will begin competition on Tuesday in the qualifying tournament.

Coin received an automatic invitation to the All-America Championships as a result of her ranking of 13th in singles, but will compete in the qualifying tournament in doubles. The junior from Amiens, France, was named the Southeast Region Player to Watch by the ITA in 2003 after posting a 31-6 overall record last season and a 19-3 record in dual matches. Coin also was the ITA Southeast Region Indoor Champion in 2002. In doubles, Coin will team up with Maria Brito to compete in the qualifying tournament. The duo is ranked 29th in the ITA’s pre-season poll.

The pre-qualifying tournament was held at UCLA this weekend, and the Tigers’ Brito won three matches to advance to Tuesday’s qualifying tournament. In the first round, Brito defeated Southern California’s Erica Sauer by a score of 6-2, 6-2, then won a 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 decision over Dominika Dieskova of Oregon to advance to the third round. Brito handled Tulsa’s Daniela Muscolina by a score of 6-3, 6-0 to move into this week’s qualifying tournament.

Daniela Alvarez, her doubles partner from a year ago. The tandem enters this season with a #12 ranking after winning the ACC flight championship at number two doubles and posting an 18-2 overall record. The Santa Cruz, Bolivia native is ranked 88th in the ITA preseason singles poll after posting a 17-6 overall singles record in 2003.