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Nine Former Tigers Named To ACC 50th Anniversary Women’s Tennis Team

Sept. 3, 2002

GREENSBORO, NC – The Atlantic Coast Conference 50th Anniversary Women’s Tennis Team was announced today by commissioner John Swofford. The 52-member team was voted on by the nine league institutions as decided by the league’s 50th Anniversary Committee. Duke led all schools with 12 members on the Golden Anniversary team, while Clemson, North Carolina and Wake Forest were tied for second with nine honorees each. Georgia Tech had four players selected followed by Maryland (3), Florida State (2) and Virginia (2).

Ingelise Driehuis competed for the Tigers from 1986-1987. The ACC Player-of-the-Year in 1986 and 1987, she was an All-American in singles in 1986, and an All-American in singles and doubles in 1987. Driehuis earned ACC Tournament MVP status both years, while claiming the ACC championship at number one singles and doubles in 1987, and number two singles and doubles in 1986. She was the ITA Southeast Region Indoor Champion in 1985 and 1986, and finished the 1986 season ranked 19th. In 1987, Driehuis ranked 10th in the final ITCA/Volvo rankings, and she ranks fourth all-time in singles winning percentage (.823) and second in best set winning percentage (.747). Off the court, Driehuis was named a GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-American in 1987.

The 1992 and 1996 Olympic Gold Medalist in doubles, Gigi Fernandez competed for Clemson in 1983. She was the ACC Champion in flight three singles in 1983, and finished the season ranked fifth in the 1983 ITCA/Volvo rankings. She tallied a 40-7 singles and 30-9 doubles record while at Clemson. Fernandez was the Australian Champion in doubles in 1993 and 1994, as well as the Wimbledon doubles champion in 1992, 1993 and 1994. She also claimed the French Open Doubles Championship in 1988, 1990 and 1992, while reaching the quarterfinals of the US Open in singles in 1991 and 1994. She was a member of the US Federation Cup team in 1988-92 and 1994, and was also a member of the US Wightman Cup Team in 1987-88.

Jane Forman was named the 1981 and 1984 ACC Player-of-the-Year, and was named an All-American in singles in 1982 and 1983. She was the 1980 ACC Champion at flight three singles, and was the 1981 ACC Tournament MVP. In 1981, 1983 and 1984, Forman claimed the ACC title at flight one singles, and she ranked in the top 25 in the nation in 1982(16), 1983(22) and 1984(10). She holds the most singles wins of any player in Clemson history with 137 victories, and is Clemson’s all-time leader in in most sets won (288). Forman ranks third all-time for best set winning percentage (.737), and holds the school record for most three-set matches (25) and tiebreakers (19) won.

Carmina Giraldo competed for the Tigers from 1999-2000. She was the 2000 ACC Champion at flight one singles, and was named to the 1999 and 2000 All-ACC teams. She advanced to the NCAA Tournament both years, leading Clemson in singles wins in 2000 with 18 victories. Giraldo finished the 1999 season ranked 54th in singles, and was ranked 28th in the final 2000 ITCA/Volvo singles poll.

A four-time ACC Player-of-the-Year, Susan Hill competed for Clemson from 1977-1980. She was the 1980 ACC Tournament MVP, and was a four-time ACC Champion at flight one singles. Hill is a three-time singles All-American (1978, 1979 and 1981), and was inducted into Clemson University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1986. She ranks second on Clemson’s all-time list for most singles victories with 126, and is the Tigers’ all-time leader in singles winning percentage (.863). Hill ranks second all-time in sets won (261) and holds the best set winning percentage with a .821 mark. She also ranks seventh all-time in doubles victories with a 76-42 record.

Cathy Hofer, a 1986 singles All-American, was the 1986 ACC Champion at flight three doubles. She was named the 1988 ACC Player-of-the-Year after winning the 1988 ACC Championship at flight one singles. Hofer was a member of the 1988 and 1989 All-ACC teams, and ranked 10th in the final ITCA/Volvo ranking in singles in 1988 and 22nd in 1987. She is fifth on Clemson’s all-time list in singles victories (102) and ranks sixth in most sets won with 217. Hofer is also fifth in most three-set matches won (21) and in most tiebreakers won with 13, while ranking 10th in doubles victories with 72.

Melissa Seigler competed for the Tigers from 1982-1985, winning the ACC Championship at flight two doubles in 1985, after winning the flight two singles and flight three doubles championships in 1984. In 1983, she was the ACC Champion at flight three singles and doubles, and won the conference title at flight four singles in 1981. She was ranked 53rd in the final ITCA/Volvo singles rankings of 1985. Seigler ranks fourth on Clemson’s all-time singles victories list (117) as well as in most sets won (247). She also ranks second on the Tigers’ all-time list in doubles victories (95) and sixth in set winning percentage (.708).

A 1985 singles All-American and 1987 doubles All-American, Nicole Stafford competed for Clemson from 1985-1988. She was the 1985 ACC flight champion at three singles, and won the 1987 conference title at flight one doubles. A member of the 1987 All-ACC team, she was tied for 70th in the final ITCA/Volvo rankings that year. She was a member of the 15th-ranked doubles team in 1987, and ranks sixth on Clemson’s all-time list in singles victories (101). She is fifth on the all-time list in most sets won (219), and own the 10th-best set winning percentage of .654. Stafford ranks ninth in doubles victories with 73 wins.

Sophie Woorens competed for the Tigers in 1996, earning All-American honors in singles and doubles. She was the 1996 ACC Player-of-the-Year, and the ACC Tournament Player-of-the-Year. Woorens claimed the conference title at number one singles, and was named to the All-ACC team. She finished the season ranked eighth in the final ITCA/Volvo rankings in singles and doubles. Woorens tallied 28 doubles wins in 1996.

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