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Apr 07, 2019

Georgia Tech Downs Tigers in 4-3 Heartbreaker Sunday

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CLEMSON, S.C. – Four of the six singles matches went to three sets, and Fernanda Navarro, Tate Schroeder and Alex Angyalosy picked up solid singles wins, but 34th-ranked Georgia Tech edged the Clemson women’s tennis team in a 4-3 battle on Sunday afternoon at the Duckworth Family Tennis Facility. With the loss, the Tigers dropped to 8-14 (2-10 ACC), while the Yellow Jackets improved to 12-9 (7-5 ACC) with the victory.

Georgia Tech claimed a very competitive doubles point, winning first at No. 2, before the Tigers’ fifth-ranked duo of seniors Marie-Alexandre Leduc and Fernanda Navarro picked up a 6-4 victory at No. 1. Clemson sophomores Alex Angyalosy and Laura Marti battled on Court 3, but ultimately dropped their match in a tiebreak, 7-6(1).

The Yellow Jackets took a 2-0 lead with a win at No. 6 singles, before Angyalosy picked up a 6-4, 6-3 victory at No. 5. The four remaining singles matches, on Courts 1-4, all went to third sets, with the Tigers’ Fernanda Navarro and Tate Schroeder winning their respective matches, while the Yellow Jackets claimed victory at No. 1 and 3 singles. Navarro came from behind to win at No. 2, 4-6, 6-4, 6-1, while Schroeder won 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 at No. 4. Leduc, ranked 79th nationally, faced 13th-ranked Kenya Jones at No. 1 singles, and nearly pulled off the upset, falling 2-6, 7-6(6), 6-4.

“Our Tigers fought through great adversity and heartbreaking moments, never giving up throughout the match. After Ally [Miller-Krasilnikov] exited with an injury from the No. 2 doubles, which led 4-1 at one point in the match, and then was unable to play at No. 3 singles, the team quickly regrouped and stepped up to fight bravely. The doubles point proved to be even more critical, and was difficult to accept the loss, knowing our team had the advantage. This match was very much a reflection on the season – one of much hardship and disappointment. The Tigers fought to the finish, falling 4-3. The team competed with heart as they have done week in and week out, with key players out of the lineup, illness, injury and a rigorous schedule. Hopefully, all the trials they have faced thus far will prepare them well for the soon to come ACC Championship in Cary, NC.”

The Tigers have two more regular season matches remaining, both at home next weekend. On Friday, April 12, Clemson hosts Pittsburgh at 2:30 p.m., and on Sunday, April 14, the Tigers host No. 30 Syracuse at 12 p.m. The match against the Orange will be Senior Day for three special seniors, Ally Miller-Krasilnikov, Marie-Alexandre Leduc and Fernanda Navarro.