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No. 14 Tigers Fall 4-3 at No. 6 Baylor

No. 14 Tigers Fall 4-3 at No. 6 Baylor

CLEMSON, S.C. – The 14th-ranked Clemson women’s tennis team fell 4-3 to No. 6 Baylor at the Hawkins Indoor Tennis Center in Waco, Texas on Sunday afternoon.  With the loss, the Tigers fall to 4-4 and the Bears improve to 10-0. The match was the Tigers’ third against a top-10 team, just eight matches into the season.

Tristen Dewar and Romy Koezler, ranked 59th nationally, opened the doubles action with a 6-1 win at No. 2. Beatrice Gumulya and Jessy Rompies, the nation’s number-one ranked team, followed with a 6-3 win over Baylor’s 27th-ranked pair of Burgic and Shankle to clinch the doubles point for the Tigers. With the win, Gumulya and Rompies improve to 6-0 in dual matches this spring, and 18-1 overall in 2014-15.

With the Tigers up 1-0, No. 75 Rompies defeated No. 85 James-Baker 7-5, 6-1 on court five to stretch the Tigers lead to 2-0. No. 35 Koelzer then fell 6-1, 6-4 to No. 79 Blair Shankle on court two and No. 23 Joana Eidukonyte fell to No. 19 Ema Burgic on court one and momentum shifted in favor of the Bears.  Kelley Anderson bested Tristen Dewar on court four in a close three set match to give Baylor the lead, but Gumulya quickly evened the score with a 7-6, 7-6 win on court three. It came down to court six where Yuilynn Miao, in the lineup for the first time all season, fell in a close match 6-4, 7-5.

Clemson returns to the courts Friday, Feb. 20 at home against No. 50 Virginia Tech. The match between the Tigers and Hokies is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.

#6 Baylor 4, #14 Clemson 3

SINGLES 1. #19 Ema Burgic (BU) def.  #23 Joana Eidukonyte (CU) 6-3, 6-4 2. #79 Blair Shankle (BU) def. #35 Romy Koelzer (CU) 6-1, 6-4 3. #119 Beatrice Gumulya (CU) def. Kiah Generette (BU) 7-6, 7-6 4. Kelley Anderson (BU) def. Tristen Dewar (CU) 6-0, 4-6, 6-2 5. #75 Jessy Rompies (CU) def. #86 Rachael James-Baker (BU) 7-5, 6-1 6. Theresa Van Zyl (BU) def. Yuilynn Miao (CU) 6-4, 7-5Order of finish: 5, 2, 1, 4, 3, 6

DOUBLES 1.#1 Gumulya/Rompies (CU) def. #27 Burgic/Shankle (BU) 6-3 2. #59 Dewar/Koelzer (CU) def. James- Baker/ Generette (BU) 6-1 3. Eidukonyte/Ruiz (CU) vs. Anderson/ Van Zyl (BU) unfinished  Order of finish: 2, 1