Feb. 6, 2008
CLEMSON, SC – The Clemson women’s tennis team will head to Madison, WI for the USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Championships beginning on Thursday, Feb. 7. The 16th-ranked Tigers (3-1) will face #7 California (1-0) at 10:00 am EST in the opening round. The tournament, now in its 21st season, will again be held at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium and hosted by the University of Wisconsin.
Clemson and the Bears have met four times in history with California posting the victory each time. Most recently, the Bears defeated the Tigers, 4-0, in the 2007 NCAA Round of 16 in Athens, GA.
Day two action will begin at 10:00 am with the consolation rounds, while the winners bracket matches are scheduled for 4:30 pm. Play will continue on Saturday with the championship match slated for a 12:00 pm start on Sunday. Along with Clemson and California, the 16-team field will be made up of Arkansas, Baylor, Fresno State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Miami, North Carolina, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Stanford, Southern California, UCLA, William & Mary and Wisconsin.
Clemson’s History At Team Indoors Clemson will be making its fourth total appearance and third in the last four years at the USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Championships. Last season, the Tigers fell to Notre Dame in their opening match but rebounded to record a victory over Brigham Young and upset UCLA. In the 2005 tournament, Clemson defeated #4 UCLA and won a forfeited match by Tulane after falling to Kentucky in the opening round. In the 1994 season, the Tigers suffered a loss to #2 Stanford in the first round. They then defeated Mississippi before falling to Southern California in their third match of the tournament.
Tigers Versus The Field Of the 15 other teams in this year’s USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Championships, Clemson has faced 14 of the them in prior years. Excluding the three ACC-member schools in the field, the Tigers own a 35-56 all-time record against the remaining 11 teams. The figure includes a 20-18 ledger against the Georgia Bulldogs.
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