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Jan 25, 2020

Tigers Add Two More Wins in Saturday Doubleheader

Clemson, S.C. — The Clemson women’s tennis team (5-0) capped off its second doubleheader of the season with two more wins in the Duckworth Family Tennis Center. The Tigers opened the day with a 5-2 victory against the Charlotte 49ers (1-2) before completing a 7-0 sweep of the Kennesaw State Owls (0-5).

Clemson 5, Charlotte 2

Box Score

The Tigers earned the doubles point with two dominant wins as No. 1 Eleni Louka/Zaina Nait Omar went 6-1 and No. 3 Ali DeSpain/Laura Marti overcame a 1-3 deficit to win 6-3. In singles, Clemson freshmen excelled. Eleni Louka notched the first singles point, going 6-0, 6-2. Ali DeSpain and Lana Sipek followed up with two more victories to clinch the match. Tate Schroeder also added another point to the board.

Clemson Athletics photos by Melina Alberti

Clemson 7, Kennesaw State 0

Box Score

In the second match of the day, Clemson came out strong with a swift doubles point victory. No. 3 Ali DeSpain/Laura Marti raced to a 6-0 finish, and No. 2 Tate Schroeder/Sydney Riley were not far behind, finishing 6-1. The Tigers carried their early momentum into singles, tallying six straight set wins from Tate Schroeder, Mackenzy Middlebrooks, Lana Sipek, Zaina Nait Omar, Laura Marti, and Sydney Riley. Freshman Lana Sipek blanked her opponent 6-0, 6-0 to earn the team’s first singles point.

Clemson Athletics photos by Emily Goad


  • It marks first time since 2012 that the Tigers have started the season 5-0.
  • The Tigers have dropped just three sets through five matches. The last time the Tigers dropped three sets or fewer through five matches was in 2011 when Clemson did not drop a set until the seventh match of the season
  • Freshman Ali DeSpain (4-0), Eleni Louka (3-0) and Lana Sipek (4-0) are undefeated in singles through five matches.


The Tigers hit the road for the first time this season on Thursday when they head to Columbia, S.C. to take on No. 13 South Carolina.