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No. 11 Clemson to Play at No. 4 Duke, No. 3 North Carolina this Weekend

No. 11 Clemson to Play at No. 4 Duke, No. 3 North Carolina this Weekend

April 8, 2011

CLEMSON, SC – Clemson’s five-day stretch with three matches against top-ten opponents continues as the 11th-ranked women’s tennis team plays at No. 4 Duke and No. 3 North Carolina (18-4, 7-1 ACC) this weekend. Clemson (17-6, 5-2 ACC) and Duke (18-2, 7-0 ACC) square off at noon on Saturday in Durham, and the Tigers and Heels play at 1:00 pm on Sunday in Chapel Hill.

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Clemson is coming off a 5-2 loss at the hands of No. 9 Baylor on Wednesday, and the Blue Devils and Tar Heels will be the seventh and eighth top-ten teams Clemson has played this season, respectively.

Many of the nation’s top players will be featured, as 12 of the nation’s top 125 players call one of the three schools home, led by Duke’s six players among the top 77 nationally.

Clemson’s Josipa Bek will be the highest ranked player in both singles and doubles, as she will take her No. 10 ranking and eight-match winning streak to the conference’s top two teams. She and Keri Wong are ranked No. 1 in the nation in doubles as well.

Freshman Masha Belaya has been playing solid tennis for the Tigers as well, and she has won seven straight overall.

The Tigers knocked off then-No. 7 Duke last season by a 4-3 margin in Clemson. The Tigers dropped the doubles point, but got wins from Bek, Wong, Laurianne Henry to clinch the win.

The second-ranked Tar Heels defeated the Tigers in their only meeting last season, taking the doubles points and winning three of six singles matches for the 4-3 win.

After the matches in North Carolina, Clemson will have just two left before the ACC Tournament on April 21-24 in Cary, NC. Clemson hosts Virginia on April 16 and Virginia Tech on April 17 for senior day.

ITA RankingsTeams: No. 3 – North Carolina No. 4 – Duke No. 11 – Clemson University

Singles: No. 10 – Josipa Bek (CU) No. 13 – Reka Zsilinszka (DU) No. 15 – Zoe De Bruycker (UNC) No. 45 – Nadie Fahoum (DU) No. 51 – Keri Wong (CU) No. 59 – Elizabeth Plotkin (DU) No. 64 – Mary Clayton (DU) No. 72 – Rachel Kahan (DU) No. 77 – Ellah Nze (DU) No. 81 – Shinnan Featherton (UNC) No. 100 – Klara Vyskocilova (CU) No. 125 – Lauren McHale (DU)

Doubles: No. 1 – Bek/Wong (CU) No. 6 – Featherston/McHale (UNC) No. 12 – Fahoum/Nze (DU) No. 53 – De Bruycker/McHale (UNC) No. 71 – Kahan/Nze (DU) No. 72 – Gorny/Clayton (DU)