Oct. 12, 2003
PACIFIC PALISADES, CA – Clemson’s Julie Coin advanced to the semi-finals of the 2003 Riviera/ITA All-American Tennis Championships before falling to second-seeded Raquel Kops-Jones of California. Coin, a junior from Amiens, France, opened the tournament with an upset of sixth-seeded Daria Panova of Oregon by a score of 6-7(5), 6-2, 6-4. In the second round, Coin defeated Florida’s Jennifer Magley by a score of 6-2, 6-1, and then defeated UCLA’s Jackie Carlton in the quarterfinals by a score of 6-2, 6-3. Kops-Jones won the semi-final showdown by a score of 6-3, 6-2 to advance to Sunday’s finals.
Daniela Alvarez also competed in the singles draw for the Tigers, but was forced to retire due to injury in the first round of the main draw to Erin Burdette of Stanford. Alvarez won three matches during the qualifying round of the tournament in order to reach the main draw, defeating Tulane’s Jenny Kuhn (7-6(3), 3-6, 6-3), Harvard’s Susanna Lingman (6-1, 6-4) and North Carolina’s Aniela Mojzis (6-2, 6-1).
In the qualifying round of the singles draw, the Tigers’ Maria Brito defeated Jessica Johnson of Marshall by a score of 6-3, 6-0 before falling to Vanderbilt’s Amanda Fish, 6-4, 6-2 in the second round. Clemson’s Alix Lacelarie won a 6-3, 7-5 decision against Texas A&M’s Lauren Walker in the first round before falling to Notre Dame’s Alicia Salas (6-1, 6-0) in the second round of the qualifying tournament.
In doubles action, the Tigers’ duo of Alvarez and Lacelarie retired in the first round of the main draw to Marshall’s Johnson and Kroh. In the qualifying round, the pair defeated Bercik and Ramirez of Auburn (8-4), Falk and Menees of Vanderbilt (9-7) and Kruse and Venter of Middle Tennessee (8-6) to advance to the main draw. Clemson’s team of Brito and Coin defeated Spencer and Walker of Texas A&M (8-3), before falling to Goulet and McGaffigan of Illinois (8-4) in the second round of the qualifying bracket.
The Tigers will return to action on Oct. 23-27 as they travel to Winston-Salem, NC to compete in the Omni Hotel/ITA Southeast Regional Championship to be held on the campus of Wake Forest.
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