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Feb 14, 2020

Tigers Open ACC Action with Win Over Hokies

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BLACKSBURG, Va. Opening conference play with a come-from-behind triumph, Clemson (8-2, 1-0 ACC) won four singles matches in a row against Virginia Tech (5-1, 0-1 ACC) and came away with a 4-3 victory on Friday. The Hokies took a 1-0 lead over the Tigers at the Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center after collecting the doubles point, but Clemson won 4-of-6 singles matches and handed Virginia Tech its first loss of the season.

The Hokies earned the doubles point after winning 6-2 at No. 1 and 6-1 at No. 2. However, Clemson proceeded to overcome its early deficit by reeling off four-straight singles victories. On Court 6, Sydney Riley was the first to dispatch her opponent in singles action and Lana Sipek followed closely behind on Court 5. Riley and Sipek both won 6-4, 6-3.

At No. 1, Tate Schroeder dominated the first set of her match, winning it 6-1, before dropping the second set 3-6. Schroeder controlled the third set from start to finish, though, winning it 6-0 to pick up the point for the Tigers. While Ali DeSpain dropped her first set 0-6, she rallied back and won each of the next two sets 6-3 to garner the winning point for Clemson. The Hokies went on to tally wins at No. 2 and No. 3, but the Tigers ultimately won the match 4-3.


  • The Tigers won in Blacksburg for the first time since Jan. 28, 2016.
  • Clemson is now 16-3 against Virginia Tech since the Hokies joined the ACC in 2004.
  • DeSpain continued her stellar start to her freshman campaign by improving to 8-1 in singles play.

The Tigers will head home to Clemson, S.C., for their next outing. On Sunday, Feb. 16, Clemson will face off against Wake Forest (5-1, 0-0) and Western Carolina (0-3) as part of a doubleheader at the Duckworth Family Tennis Facility. Clemson will take on the Demon Deacons at noon and the Catamounts at 4 p.m. The Tigers are 7-0 at home thus far this season.

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