CARY, N.C. – The 21st-ranked and No. 5-seed Clemson women’s tennis team fell 4-1 to 10th-ranked and No. 4-seed Virginia in the quarterfinals of the ACC tournament on Friday afternoon at the Cary Tennis Park. With the loss, the Tigers dropped to 16-9 overall, while the Cavaliers improved to 19-5.
The Cavaliers took the doubles point with wins at No. 3 and No. 2, in that order. Virginia’s Collins and Epstein jumped out to a quick lead at No. 3, defeating Tristen Dewar and Beatrice Gumulya 8-1. Jessy Rompies and Yuilynn Miao put up a fight at No. 2 but Virginia pulled away for the 8-4 win. Joana Eidukonyte and Romy Koelzer trailed 4-6 at No. 1 when doubles play was halted.
Eidukonyte, Clemson’s highest ranked player at 13th, handily defeated her opponent, 36th-ranked Stephanie Nauta, 6-3, 6-1, at No. 3 to even the score at one apiece. The Cavaliers regained the lead with a win over Dewar at No. 4 by, a score of 1-6, 3-6. Koelzer, ranked 34th nationally, fell to fifth-ranked Julia Elbaba 6-2, 6-3 at No. 1. With the Cavaliers leading 3-1, Gumulya, ranked 68th, put up a great fight against No. 19 Danielle Collins 4-6, 4-6 to clinch the match for Virginia. Collins won the NCAA Singles Championship in 2014.
Miao won her first set 6-3 at No. 6, and was leading 5-4 in the second set when singles play was abandoned. At No. 5, Rompies won a 7-5 first set and was headed to a third set after falling 6-3 in the second when the Cavaliers clinched the match.
Clemson now awaits word on a bid to the 2015 NCAA Championships. The NCAA selection show is set to takes place on Tuesday, April 28 at 5 p.m.
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