CLEMSON, S.C. – After narrowly winning the doubles point, the Clemson women’s tennis rebounded convincingly in singles play to defeat UNC Wilmington by a final score of 6-1 on Friday afternoon at the Hoke Sloan Tennis Center. With the win, the 20th-ranked Tigers improved to 2-1 on the season, while the Seahawks fell to 0-2 with the loss.
UNC Wilmington struck first in doubles, winning on Court 3 by a score of 6-4. Shortly thereafter, the Tigers’ number-two doubles team of Tristen Dewar and Jenny Moinard evened the match with a 6-4 victory, leaving the doubles point decision up to Joana Eidukonyte and Fernanda Navarro on Court 1. The pair was in a battle against their Seahawk opponents, but ultimately prevailed in a tiebreak, winning 7-6(6).
After the extremely tight doubles contest, the Tigers rebounded in a big way in singles play, winning three matches in straight sets to clinch the overall victory. Daniela Ruiz claimed the first win at No. 6, 6-0, 6-1, followed by Ayan Broomfield at No. 2, 6-0, 6-3. Navarro then clinched the victory with a 6-4, 6-2 win at No. 3 singles. Eidukonyte and Dewar went on to win their matches on Court 1 and 4, respectively, to provide the final margin of 6-1.
The Tigers have a week off before they head to Gainesville, Fla. to face the nation’s third-ranked team, Florida. The match between Clemson and the Gators will begin at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 14.
#20 Clemson 6, UNC Wilmington 1
SINGLES 1. #1 Joana Eidukonyte (CU) def. Madara Straume (UNCW) 6-1, 4-6, 1-0 (10-7)2. Ayan Broomfield (CU) def. Annika Sillanpaa (UNCW) 6-0, 6-33. #59 Fernanda Navarro (CU) def. Sabrina Barisano (UNCW) 6-4, 6-24. Tristen Dewar (CU) def. Alix Theodossiou (UNCW) 7-6 (7-3), 7-55. Christ. Kharkevitch (UNCW) def. Jenny Moinard (CU) 6-4, 2-6, 1-0 (10-8)6. Daniela Ruiz (CU) def. Thai Thompson (UNCW) 6-0, 6-1Order of finish: 6,2,3,5,1,4
DOUBLES1. Joana Eidukonyte/Fernanda Navarro (CU) def. Annika Sillanpaa/Alix Theodossiou (UNCW) 7-6 (8-6)2. Tristen Dewar/Jenny Moinard (CU) def. Laura Gomez/Christ. Kharkevitch (UNCW) 6-43. Sabrina Barisano/Madara Straume (UNCW) def. Ayan Broomfield/Daniela Ruiz (CU) 6-4Order of finish: 3,2,1
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