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May 03, 2018

Leduc & Navarro Earn 2018 All-ACC Honors


CLEMSON, S.C. – Marie-Alexandre Leduc was named to the All-ACC First Team and Fernanda Navarro earned All-ACC Third Team honors, as announced by the conference office on Thursday morning. The announcement came one day after both players learned that they earned invitations to the 2018 NCAA Singles & Doubles Championships.

Leduc, a native of Saguenay, Quebec, earned her second career All-ACC honor, after being named to the second team in 2017. The junior, played No. 1 singles for the Tigers all season, facing many of the nation’s top singles players, including 12 dual-match opponents ranked in the top 100 in the ITA rankings. Leduc, currently ranked 23rd nationally in singles, went 12-7 in dual matches and 6-6 in ACC play, and has a 21-10 overall record in 2017-18, including her results from an impressive fall season that saw her reach the semifinals of the ITA Carolina Regional and the quarterfinals of the Oracle ITA National Fall Championships.

This is the first career All-ACC honor for Navarro, a junior from Guadalajara, Mexico, who is 6-3 in her last nine matches, and has a 16-15 overall singles record and an 11-10 mark in dual matches. Navarro, who moved up to No. 2 in the Clemson singles lineup in 2018, after playing primarily at No. 3 as a sophomore in 2017, has clinched the team win for the Tigers four times on the season, more than any other player. Her biggest win came against Wake Forest, as she clinched a 4-3 upset over the 11th-ranked Demon Deacons by upsetting No. 80 Eliza Omirou in three sets.

As a doubles team, Leduc and Navarro are ranked 20th nationally, with a 19-8 overall record, an 11-5 dual match record and a 6-2 ledger in ACC play. They have four wins over nationally-ranked doubles teams, including upsets over Virginia’s 16th-ranked duo of Johanson and Kelley, and Syracuse’s 17th-ranked team of Knutson and Ramirez. Navarro has the best individual doubles record of all Tigers in 2017-18, going 23-10 overall, 13-6 in dual matches and 7-3 against ACC competition.