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Apr 05, 2019

No. 4 Duke Overpowers Tigers Friday

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CLEMSON, S.C. – The Clemson women’s tennis team was overpowered by a highly-talented and fourth-ranked Duke team, losing by a score of 4-0 on Friday at the Duckworth Family Tennis Facility. With the loss, the Tigers dropped to 8-13 (2-9 ACC), while the Blue Devils improved to 18-2 (10-1 ACC).

The Blue Devils, who have all three of their doubles teams ranked in this week’s ITA poll, claimed a doubles point that was closely-contested on two of the three courts. Duke won 6-3 at No. 3 and 6-4 at No. 1. On Court 2, Ally Miller-Krasilnikov and Sydney Riley were tied 6-6 with 59th-ranked Kelly Chen and Ellyse Hamlin when play was abandoned.

Duke won in straight sets at No. 4, No. 6 and No. 5 singles, in that order, to clinch the match. The Tigers’ top three singles players all played well against the top three Blue Devils, each of which was ranked 26th or better nationally. Marie-Alexandre Leduc won the first set over 11th-ranked Maria Mateas at No. 1, while Miller-Krasilnikov was on her way to winning the second set over 18th-ranked Meible Chi at No. 3 when the match was decided.

The Tigers host 34th-ranked Georgia Tech on Sunday, April 7 at 3 p.m. at the Duckworth Family Tennis Facility.

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