March 12, 2006
CLEMSON, SC – The Clemson women’s tennis team posted a 6-1 victory over ACC foe Virginia Tech on Sunday at the Hoke Sloan Tennis Center. With the win, the 29th-ranked Tigers improved to 7-4 on the year and 2-1 in the conference. The loss dropped the Hokies to 10-5 overall, 0-3 in the ACC.
Clemson won the flight two and three doubles matches to capture the doubles point for the eighth time this season. The Tigers’ 40th-ranked team of Daniela Alvarez and Alexandra Luc won at the second position, 8-3, over Inga Beermann and Abbey Walker. The Hokies knotted the score at 3-3 before Alvarez and Luc claimed the next five games for their seventh victory of the spring season. At flight three, Maria Brito and Marie Scriba defeated Ashley James and Jessica Long, 8-5. After trailing 5-4 in the match, Brito and Scriba each held serve and broke Virginia Tech’s serve twice to give the Tigers the win in doubles play. Clemson’s ninth-ranked duo of Carol Salge and Federica van Adrichem suffered an 8-6 loss, after leading 6-3, to Anat Elazari and J.J. Larson at the top position.
Salge clinched the victory for the Tigers for the second time in as many days with a 6-3, 6-0 defeat of James at the flight three singles slot. Van Adrichem scored Clemson’s second point of the afternoon after winning a 6-2, 6-1 decision over Elazari at flight two. In the flight six contest, Tiger Kathi Gerber defeated Walker, 6-2, 6-4, to put Clemson ahead 3-0 in the match. After Salge won her match, the Hokies picked up their only point of the afternoon as Beermann defeated Alvarez at No. 1, 6-1, 6-1. Clemson’s Brito then won over Larson, 6-4, 7-5, at the flight four position.
In the final match of the day, Clemson’s Luc recorded a thrilling, come-from-behind victory over Long in the fifth singles spot. Long easily claimed the first set by a 6-1 margin, but Luc responded with a 6-3 victory in the second set. Long then held a 5-3 advantage in the deciding third set before Luc rallied to tie the score at five games apiece. She then held serve to go up, 6-5, and broke Long’s serve for the 7-5 win.
Up next for the Tigers are the Troy Trojans on Monday, Mar. 20. The Tigers will face the Trojans at 12:00 PM from South Alabama’s home court in Mobile, Al.
#29 Clemson 6, #71 Virginia Tech 1 Doubles 1. Anat Elazari/J.J. Larson (VT) def. #9 Carol Salge/Federica van Adrichem (CU), 8-6 2. #40 Daniela Alvarez/Alexandra Luc (CU) def. Inga Beermann/Abbey Walker (VT), 8-3 3. Maria Brito/Marie Scriba (CU def. Ashley James/Jessica Long (VT), 8-5 Order of Finish: 2, 3, 1Singles 1. Inga Beermann (VT) def. #119 Daniela Alvarez (CU), 6-1, 6-1 2. #46 Federica van Adrichem (CU) def. Anat Elazari (VT), 6-2, 6-1 *3. Carol Salge (CU) def. Ashley James (VT), 6-3, 6-0 4. Maria Brito (CU) def. J.J. Larson (VT), 6-4, 7-5 5. Alexandra Luc (CU) def. Jessica Long (VT), 1-6, 6-3, 7-5 6. Kathi Gerber (CU) def. Abbey Walker (VT), 6-2, 6-4 Order of Finish: 2, 6, 3, 1, 4, 5 * – clinched match
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