May 25, 2005
ATHENS, GA – Julie Coin, Clemson women’s tennis standout, reached the Elite Eight of the NCAA Singles Tournament for the second consecutive year with a victory in the round of 16 at the Dan Magill Tennix Complex on the campus of the University of Georgia. Only two other Tiger tennis players have advanced to the quarterfinals of the national tournament in school history. Last year, Coin was victorious in her Elite Eight match, posting a three-set upset of eighth-seeded Cristelle Grier of Northwestern.
Coin won easily over Florida’s Zerene Reyes in her Sweet 16 contest on Wednesday morning. Second-seeded Coin blanked 13th-ranked and 9-16 seed Reyes in the first set, 6-0, and then won the second set by a impressive 6-2 margin. The Tiger standout improved her overall record to 38-4 including a 28-2 mark against ranked opponents. She advances to play #26 Riza Zalameda in the Elite Eight at 11:00 AM on the Henry Feild courts. Coin and Zalameda met earlier in the season at the USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Championships in Madison, WI. Coin won the contest at flight one by a score of 6-3, 6-2. Coin won her opening round match against Vanderbilt’s Taka Bertrand, 6-4, 6-2, and then defeated Dianne Hollands of Arizona by a score of 6-1, 6-1 in the round of 32.
The Tiger doubles team of Coin and Alix Lacelarie came up short against UCLA’s fourth-ranked and #4 seed team of Daniela Bercek and Riza Zalameda in the round of 16 of the NCAA Doubles Tournament on Wednesday afternoon. The Clemson duo claimed the first set, 6-2, before dropping the final two, 6-4, 6-4. They ended their season with a 14-4 overall record and a 10-1 mark in dual matches. The pair is currently ranked 12th in the ITA doubles poll and posted five upset victories over top-15 teams during the 2004-05 season.
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