ATHENS, Ga. – The nation’s second-ranked team proved to be too much for the 20th-ranked Clemson women’s tennis team, as the Bulldogs blanked the Tigers, 7-0, on Saturday afternoon in Athens, Ga. The loss dropped Clemson to 1-1 on the season, while Georgia remained undefeated, improving to 3-0.
The Bulldogs won the doubles point, by virtue wins at the No. 1 and 2 positions. At No. 1, the Tigers’ Joana Eidukonyte and Fernanda Navarro squared off against the 14th-ranked doubles team in the nation, in Ellen Perez and Mariana Gould, falling 6-3. At No. 3 doubles, Clemson’s Ayan Broomfield and Daniela Ruiz were in a battle, trailing 4-5 against their Bulldog opponents, when play was halted.
Georgia claimed singles victories, at No. 4, 3 and 2, in that order, to clinch the team victory. At No. 2, the Tigers’ Broomfield, unranked in singles play, won the first set over 22nd-ranked Caroline Brinson of Georgia, 6-4, before falling in the next two. The Bulldogs went on to win at No. 1, 6 and 5 singles to complete the sweep.
The Tigers return to action on Friday, Feb. 5 when they host UNC Wilmington. The match, which was rescheduled after being postponed on Jan. 23 due to weather, will begin at 2:30 p.m. at the Clemson Indoor Tennis Center.
#20 Clemson 0, #2 Georgia 7
SINGLES1. #12 Ellen Peres (UGA) def. #1 Joana Eidukonyte (CU), 5-7, 7-6(6), 1-0(3)2. #22 Caroline Brinson (UGA) def. Ayan Broomfield (CU), 4-6, 6-1, 6-03. #109 Kennedy Shaffer (UGA) def. #59 Fernanda Navarro (CU), 6-3, 6-24. #82 Silvia Garcia (UGA) def. Ally Miller-Krasilnikov (CU), 6-2, 6-25. Mariana Gould (UGA) def. Tristen Dewar (CU), 6-4, 6-26. Laura Patterson (UGA) def. Daniela Ruiz (CU), 6-0, 6-1Order of finish: 4,3,2,1,6,5
DOUBLES1. #14 Gould/Perez (UGA) def. Eidukonyte/Navarro (CU), 6-32. Brinson/Garcia (UGA) def. Dewar/Miller-Krasilnikov (CU), 6-33. Broomfield/Ruiz (CU) vs. Shaffer/Patterson (UGA), 4-5, unfinishedOrder of finish: 2,1
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