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Giraldo Reaches Finals Of Singles Blast One

Oct. 11, 1999

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – The Clemson women’s tennis team competed in the 1999 Midwest Blast at the University of Illinois in Champaign, IL, last weekend. Sophomore Carmina Giraldo reached the finals of Singles Blast 1, and Anna Savitskaya reached the semifinals of Singles Blast 2. The doubles team of Giraldo and senior Catherine Galvin made it to the semifinals of Doubles Blast 1.

Giraldo defeated Natalia Dawaf of Iowa 1-6, 6-1, (7-3) in the first round of Singles Blast 1, then defeated Carla Rosenberg of Illinois 6-1, 6-0 in round two. Giraldo took a 6-2, 6-3 win over Shannon Duffy of Northwestern to reach the semifinals, where she defeated Lia Jackson of Northwestern 6-7, 7-5, (7-5). In the finals Giraldo dropped a 3-6, 7-5, (7-1) decision to Michelle Faucher of Texas, the top-seeded player in the flight.

Savitskaya defeated Anna Pavlovic of Marquette 6-2, 6-1 in the first round of Singles Blast 2, then beat Igna DeVilliers of Miami 6-2, 6-1 in round two. Savitskaya defeated Northwestern’s Jennifer Lutgert 6-3, 6-2 to reach the semifinals. Alanna Broderick of Miami defeated Savitskaya 3-6, 6-2 (7-0) in the semifinals.

In Doubles Blast 1, Giraldo and Galvin defeated Shannon Duffy and Lia Jackson of Northwestern 8-5, then beat Michelle Faucher and Ziva Grassic of Texas 8-4 in the second round. Brooke Ferney and Michelle Webb of Ilinois defeated the Clemson team 8-4 in the semifinals.

In other singles action, freshman Laurence Jayet defeated Marquette’s Alex Stankovic 6-0, 6-2 in the first round of Singles Blast 2. She beat Megan Kearney of Iowa 6-1, 6-3 in round two, before losing 6-1, 6-3 to Alanna Broderick of Miami. In the consolation round, Jayet defeated Joanne Musgrove of Michigan 6-2, 6-2.

Galvin dropped a 6-3, 6-2 decision to Northwestern’s Colleen Cheng in the first round of Singles Blast 1. She defeated Laura Garcia of Marquette 5-7, 6-4, (7-3) in the consolation round, then defeated Megan Kearney of Iowa 4-6, 6-4, (7-2).

Junior Cinny Clausen defeated Michelle Webb of Illinois 7-6 (8-6), 6-3 in the first round of Singles Blast 2. Joanne Musgrove defeated Clausen 6-1, 6-3 in round two, then Clausen lost a 2-6, 6-2 (9-7) match to Michigan’s Jennifer Duprez in the consolation round. Clausen defeated Marya Farah of Michigan 6-3, 6-3 in another consolation match.

Freshman Sunnie Harmon was defeated by Alanna Broderick of Miami 6-0, 6-2 in the first round of Singles Blast 2. She defeated Alex Stankovic of Marquette 6-2, 6-3 in a consolation match.

In Doubles Blast 2, Jayet and Savitskaya defeated Sarah Scaringe and Nina Vaughan of Notre Dame 8-5, before defaulting due to an injury to Savitskaya in the second round. Clausen and Harmon defeated Maya Canfield and Marya Farah of Michigan 8-2 in round one, then were defeated by Megan Kearney and Johnson of Iowa 8-2 in the second round.