April 15, 2007
BLACKSBURG, VA – The 2007 Clemson women’s tennis team clinched a share of the ACC regular season title on Sunday afternoon, as the Tigers downed Virginia Tech, 6-1, in Blacksburg, VA. Clemson, ranked #5 in the latest Fila/ITA Tennis poll, and Georgia Tech finished conference play with identical 10-1 records, while the Tigers also boasted a 19-3 overall mark for the year.
Clemson last won an ACC regular season championship in 2004 when the team also went on to claim the ACC Tournament crown and advance to its first NCAA Final Four.
The Hokies dropped to 12-12 overall and 2-9 in league action with Sunday’s loss.
Tiger freshman Ani Mijacika extended her singles winning streak to 14 consecutive with a straight set victory over Virginia Tech’s Inga Beermann at the top position (6-2, 6-1). With the win, she completed a perfect ACC season, posting an unblemished 11-0 record against conference foes.
Mijacika was one of five Clemson players to record singles victories on Sunday. Federica van Adrichem also claimed a straight-set win, defeating Ashley James at flight three, 6-2, 6-0, while Maria Brito posted a 6-4, 6-4 victory over J.J. Larson in the number four match-up. Ina Hadziselimovic then won a 6-1, 6-2 decision against Abbey Walker at flight five, and Alexandra Luc defeated Bethany James at the number six slot, 6-1, 6-3.
The Hokies scored their single point of the day at the flight two position, as Carol Salge suffered a three-set loss to Jessica Long (6-4, 6-7, 10-8).
Clemson continued its dominance in doubles action as the Tigers took the 1-0 match lead for the 18th time this season. Mijacika and van Adrichem teamed to down Beermann and Larson at the top position, 8-1. Virginia Tech’s James and Long then defeated Hadziselimovic and Samantha Eppelsheimer at flight three to even the score at one apiece before Salge and Brito posted the clinching 8-6 victory over Jessica Brouwer and Walker at number two.
Sunday’s match concluded the 2007 regular season. The ACC Championships kick off on Thursday, Apr. 19 in Cary, NC, but the Tigers will not begin play until Friday after receiving a first-round bye.
#5 Clemson 6, #55 Virginia Tech 1 Doubles 1. #9 Mijacika/van Adrichem (CU) def. Beermann/Larson (VT) – 8-1 2. Salge/Brito (CU) def. Jessica Brouwer/Walker (VT) – 8-6 3. A. James/Long (VT) def. Hadziselimovic/Eppelsheimer – 8-6 Singles 1. #24 Ani Mijacika (CU) def. #111 Inga Beermann (VT) – 6-2, 6-1 2. Jessica Long (VT) def. #78 Maria Brito (CU) def. J.J. Larson (VT) – 6-4, 6-4 5. Ina Hadziselmovic (CU) def. Abbey Walker (VT) – 6-1, 6-2 6. Alexandra Luc(CU) def. Bethan James (VT) – 6-1, 6-3
Records: Clemson – 18-3, 10-1 ACC; Virginia Tech – 12-12, 2-9 ACC
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