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No. 8 Clemson Tops Virginia Tech in Blacksburg

No. 8 Clemson Tops Virginia Tech in Blacksburg

April 17, 2010

BLACKSBURG, VA – Senior Ina Hadziselimovic tied the school record with her 100th career doubles win, in helping No. 8 Clemson (20-4, 8-2 ACC) to a 6-1 win over Virginia Tech (9-11, 2-8 ACC) on Saturday. For Clemson, it was the 20th win in 2010, surpassing last season’s total, and guarantees the Tigers a first-round bye in next week’s ACC Tournament.

For Clemson, it was the ninth win in the last ten matches, and leaves the Tigers one-win shy of a 9-2 mark in the ACC for the second consecutive year.

Hadziselimovic, teamed with Josipa Bek to form the nation’s ninth-ranked doubles team, defeated the 63rd-ranked duo of Yasmin Hamsa and Holly Johnson, 8-0. For Hadziselimovic, it was her 30th doubles win of the year and 100th in her career.

Estefania Balda and Keri Wong clinched the doubles point at flight three with an 8-4 win over Courtney Rauscher and Katie Blow.

The Tigers clinched the match quickly in singles, as Hadziselimovic, the nation’s #102 singles player, defeated Shannon Betts, 6-2, 6-1 at flight three. Then, #19 Josipa Bek defeated Yasmin Hamza 6-4, 6-2 at flight one to win her eighth straight match.

#71 Keri Wong clinched her second straight match for Clemson with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Martha Blakely at flight two. She had won in three sets last Sunday to help Clemson beat #7 Duke.

With the match already clinched, Balda fell in a super tiebreaker third set, 10-6, to Rauscher, who put Tech on the board. #89 Nelly Ciolkowski won in a third set super tiebreak, 10-5 over Emily Lauten at flight four. Ciolkowski is now 27-5 on the year.

Caroline Magnusson was the last to finish with a 7-6(5), 6-3 win at flight six over Holly Johnson.

Clemson returns to action tomorrow with a noon match at #31 Virginia. The Tigers can wrap up the three seed in the ACC Tournament with a win.

#9 Clemson 6, Virginia Tech 1 April 17, 2010 – Blacksburg, VA

Doubles: 1. #9 Bek/Hadziselimovic (CU) d. #63 Hamza/Johnson (VT), 8-0 2. Blakely/Betts (VT) d. Ciolkowski/Magnusson (CU), 8-3 3. Balda/Wong (CU) d. Blow/Rauscher (VT), 8-4 Order of Finish: 1,3,2

Singles 1. #19 Josipa Bek (CU) d. Yasmin Hamza (VT), 6-4, 6-2 2. #71 Keri Wong (CU) d. Martha Blakely (VT), 6-3, 6-2 3. #102 Ina Hadziselimovic (CU) d. Shannon Betts (VT), 6-2, 6-1 4. #89 Nelly Ciolkowski (CU) d. Emily Lauten (VT), 6-2, 3-6, 1-0 (10-6) 5. Courtney Rauscher (VT) d. Esrefania Balda (CU), 7-5, 0-6, 1-0 (10-5) 6. Caroline Magnusson (CU) v. Holly Johnson (VT), 7-6(5), 6-3 Order of Finish: 3,1,2*,5,4,6