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No. 24 Clemson Travels to No. 10 Baylor Tuesday

March 19, 2012

Live ScoringCLEMSON, S.C. – The Clemson women’s tennis team, which snuck back into the ITA top-25 this week, will return to action on Tuesday in Waco, TX as they take on No. 10 Baylor (12-5, 0-1 Big 12) at 6:00 pm eastern. No. 24 Clemson (9-5, 2-1 ACC) is in search of a third straight win overall, as they’ve take back-to-back matchups against conference foes No. 19 Georgia Tech and Florida State. Live scoring is available at The Tigers have played nine of the last ten on the road, and will play at Boston College and Maryland as part of this road trip before returning on Mar. 30 and April 1. Baylor played most recently a week ago against ACC-member Miami in Coral Gables, a 6-1 decision in favor of the Hurricanes. Clemson fell by a 5-2 margin earlier this season at Miami. This will be the third top-ten team Clemson has played this season, and the eighth match in the past nine against teams ranked 26th in the nation or higher. Baylor has been ranked no lower than 12th this season, and recently defeated No. 8 Northwestern as well. Clemson and Baylor are 2-2 against one another all-time, with Baylor winning in Clemson last season by a 5-2 count. Each team has lost two players out of their lineup that day for this year’s matchup. Each team enters the match with three singles players and two doubles players ranked nationally. Baylor’s Diana Nakic (13th) and Nina Secerbegovic (27th) are the highest-ranked players in the matching, while Clemson’s Keri Wong (47th) is next. Wong has been an anchor in Clemson’s lineup this season with and 18-6 overall record and five wins against ranked players. She has a 12-1 mark on the year at the second singles spot, and is closing on her 100th career singles win, as she sits on 97 currently. Josipa Bek earned her 100th career singles win in the most recent match against Florida State. The senior from Croatia became just the second Clemson player to 100 career singles and doubles wins. Bek and Wong currently rank No. 1 and No. 2 in Clemson history with 112 and 111 doubles wins, respectively. In doubles, they rank 17th in the nation this season with a 13-4 record overall. Clemson’s other two ranked singles players, No. 103 Klara Vyskocilova and No. 112 Nelly Ciolkowski will also have opportunities to improve their standings with good showings this week. The Tigers will stay on the road in heading to Boston College and Maryland on Friday and Sunday, respectively, before finally heading home for four of the final six dual matches. Singles Rankings:No. 10 Baylor: Diana Nakic (13), Nina Secerbegovic (27), Sona Novakova (53) No. 24 Clemson: Keri Wong (47), Klara Vyskocilova (103), Nelly Ciolkowski (112)Doubles Rankings:No. 10 Baylor: Secerbegovic/Burgic (46), Secerbegovic/Horter (63)No. 24 Clemson: Bek/Wong (17), Gumulya/Wong (48)