CLEMSON, S.C. – Junior Daniela Ruiz clinched the Clemson women’s tennis team’s 4-3 upset over 33rd-ranked Virginia with a come-from-behind win at No. 6 singles on Friday afternoon at the Hoke Sloan Tennis Center. It was a crucial win for the Tigers, who improved to 9-10 (4-6 ACC), while the Cavaliers dropped to 7-9 (5-4 ACC).
Freshmen Constanza Gorches and Sydney Riley started out doubles play on a high note for the Tigers with a quick 6-1 win at No. 2 doubles. Sophomore Fernanda Navarro and Ruiz finished off the doubles point with a 6-3 win at No. 3. It was the sixth win in a row for the duo, who is now 10-1 in dual matches and 7-1 in ACC play.
The Cavaliers evened the score with a win at No. 1 singles, before sophomore Ayan Broomfield claimed a win in straight sets (6-3, 6-1) at No. 2. Virginia tied the match up again, winning on Court 5, and then Navarro pulled out a 6-4, 7-6(4) win at No. 4 to put the Tigers back up. Then Ruiz, who lost the first set 6-2 and trailed 5-2 in the second set, came back to win 7-5 and then took the third set 6-3. The native of Beni, Bolivia has won four of her last five singles matches since entering the lineup on March 19.
The Tigers head to Florida next weekend for their final two regular season road matches. Clemson faces Miami on Friday, April 14 at 2 p.m. in Coral Gables and Florida State on Sunday, April 16 at 12 p.m. in Tallahassee.
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