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No. 12 Tigers Outlast No. 39 Boston College on Saturday

No. 12 Tigers Outlast No. 39 Boston College on Saturday

April 2, 2011

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CLEMSON, SC – The 12th-ranked Clemson women’s tennis team outlasted No. 39 Boston College, 4-3, on Saturday at the Hoke Sloan Tennis Center on a sunny and breezy afternoon. Clemson (16-5, 4-2 ACC) won its sixth straight match overall, and stayed a perfect 6-0 against Boston College (7-9, 2-4 ACC) all-time.

Sophomore Caroline Magnusson turned the tide of the match at the number-four singles spot, coming back from a third set deficit to give Clemson its third point, and junior Josipa Bek clinched minutes later at flight one.

Boston College took the doubles point, winning at flights two and three. Flight three was the deciding match, as Clemson pulled to within one at 7-6, but BC held serve to take the point.

Josipa Bek and Keri Wong kept their stellar play going, as the nation’s top-ranked tandem won, 8-3 at flight one. Bek moved into tenth in Clemson history with her 85th doubles win, and it was her 30th of the season overall. The duo is 24-6 as a team this year, and 4-0 in ACC play.

Wong was the first to finish in singles, as the nation’s 51st-best player downed Erina Kikuchi, 6-0, 6-2 to tie the match at flight two. Freshman Masha Belaya was next, as she toppled Olga Khmylev, 6-2, 6-1, at the number-five position.

With the Tigers ahead, 2-1, it actually looked as if the Eagles were in position to score the upset, as they held third set leads at flights three, four, and six.

But Magnusson grabbed hold of her match at flight four, battling for a 6-1, 2-6, 6-4 win after trailing 4-3 in the deciding frame. Magnusson’s win over Veronica Corning improved her mark to 12-4 in the dual match season, and 3-0 at the No. 4 spot in the lineup.

Court one represented a series of comebacks in the first set, as No. 10 Bek jumped out to a 5-2 edge over Alex Kelleher. Keller responded, forcing a tiebreaker, and then taking the first five points. But Bek chipped away, and trailing, 6-3, stormed back to take a 7-6 lead. Kelleher tied it at seven, but Bek took the next two points to win the first set, 7-6 (7). Bek again bounced out to a 4-2 lead but Kelleher pulled to within 5-4, before Bek pulled away for the 6-4 second set win. The win moved Bek into a tie for eighth on Clemson’s all-time singles wins list with her 90th.

Laurianne Henry each dropped a third-set tiebreaker after Bek clinched. Vyskocilova fell to No. 113 Katarin Gajic, 6-3, 1-6, 7-6(4) at flight three, and Henry fell at flight six to Katharine Attwell, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (2).

Clemson returns to action Sunday with a noon match against No. 28 Maryland, who is coming off a win at No. 11 Georgia Tech on Friday.

No. 12 Clemson (16-5, 4-2 ACC) def. No. 39 Boston College (7-9, 2-4 ACC), 4-3 April 2, 2011 – Hoke Sloan Tennis Center – Clemson, SC

Doubles: 1. #1 Bek/Wong (CU) def. Corning/Kikuchi (BC), 8-3 2. Kelleher/Khmylev (BC) def. Belaya/Magnusson (CU), 8-3 3. Attwell/Gajic (BC) def. Henry/Vyskocilova (CU), 8-6 Order of Finish: 2,1,3

Singles 1. #10 Josipa Bek (CU) def. Alex Kelleher (BC) 7-6(7), 6-4 2. #51 Keri Wong (CU) def. Erina Kikuchi (BC), 6-0, 6-2 3. #113 Katarina Gajic (BC) def. #100 Klara Vyskocilova (CU), 6-3, 1-6, 7-6 (4) 4. Caroline Magnusson (CU) def. Veronica Corning (BC), 6-1, 2-6, 6-4 5. Masha Belaya (CU) def. Olga Khmylev (BC), 6-2, 6-1 6. Katharine Attwell (BC) def. Laurianne Henry (CU), 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (2) Order of Finish, 2,5,4,1*,6,3