CARY, N.C. – The 12th seeded and No. 42 Clemson women’s tennis team (16-12, 3-10 ACC) fought hard against No. 13 (5) Miami (15-6, 9-4 ACC) but fell 4-0 in the second round of the ACC Tournament on Thursday. Several Tigers had opportunities to win their singles matches, but were unable to secure victories prior to the Hurricanes’ match-clinching point.
This was the second consecutive season in which Clemson advanced to the second round of the ACC Tournament. The Tigers await their postseason fate with a 16-12 record and a 3-10 ACC resume. Their 16 wins is the most in a season for the program since 2015.
“The difference today was our inability to step up in big moments,” remarked Head Coach Amy Sargeant. “We had opportunities to put the pressure on but couldn’t quite take them. Team 48 is learning to play with a Championship Mindset and do whatever it takes to win.”
Miami got the upper hand early, claiming Courts 2 and 3 in doubles 6-1 and 6-2, respectively, leaving Sophia Hatton and Eleni Louka’s Court 1 match unfinished at 4-4. Hatton and Louka had competed valiantly with the No. 44 ranked pair in the country.
Continuing their solid play, the Hurricanes claimed the first singles point on Court 3, 6-0, 6-2. Court 4 was the next point to be claimed by Miami, while Louka battled the No. 5 singles player in the country on Court 1. Louka was able to push the second set to 5-5, but ultimately fell, 6-2, 7-5 to close out the match.
Cristina Mayorova held a 6-2, 5-4 advantage over the No. 105 player in the nation when her match was abandoned. Leigh Van Zyl had just forced a third set on Court 5, and Alexandra Anttila was leading her opponent 7-6, 3-2.
Clemson will hope to hear its name called in the NCAA Tournament Selection Show on May 1. The Tigers have not participated in the NCAA Tournament since 2018.
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