Jan. 27, 2006
CLEMSON, SC – The Clemson women’s tennis team will begin its quest for a third straight NCAA Final Four appearance on Saturday, Jan. 28. The Tigers, ranked #16 in the preseason Intercollegiate Tennis Poll, will play host to the College of Charleston at 11 AM at the Hoke Sloan Tennis Center.
Saturday’s match will be the 17th meeting in history between the Tigers and Cougars on the tennis courts, with Clemson holding a convincing 15-1 lead in the series score. The Tigers are also 12-1 against the College of Charleston in matches played on their home court. The most recent meeting was on Jan. 31, 2004, when Clemson defeated the Cougars by a 6-1 margin to open the season.
The Cougars are familiar foes for the Tigers in season openers, as the College of Charleston has traveled to Clemson eight of the last 10 years to open the Tigers’ season. Clemson won all eight of those contests. Overall, the Tigers have a 25-5 record in season-opening matches, including a 16-2 mark when their season opener is played at home.
Three starters return for Clemson’s 2006 campaign. Daniela Alvarez will begin her senior season on Saturday, while junior Maria Brito and sophomore Carol Salge are also back for head coach Nancy Harris’ team. The Tigers welcome four newcomers to this year’s squad. Sophomore Kathi Gerber is a transfer from West Virginia University, while Alexandra Luc, Marie Scriba and Federica van Adrichem are entering their first year at Clemson. During the fall season, van Adrichem posted a 9-2 overall record and advanced to the ITA National Indoor Championships after winning the ITA Southeast Regional Title in October. She earned the #41 ranking in the preseason ITA singles poll.
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