May 17, 2005
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The Clemson women’s tennis team begins play in the 2005 NCAA Championships in Athens, GA on Thursday, May 19. The Tigers will face the Northwestern Wildcats at 12:00 noon on the McWhorter Courts at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex. Clemson is the 12th overall seed in the tournament with a 20-8 record, while the 5th-seeded Wildcats are 26-2 and riding a 15-match winning streak.
Thursday’s match will be the seventh meeting between the two schools but the first since the 1988 season. Although Northwestern holds a 4-2 advantage in the series sore, the Tigers won the last contest by a score of 5-4 on their home court.
Tickets for a single session are $7 for adults and $5 for students and youth. For more information regarding ticket packages and the Dan Magill Tennis Complex, visit the University of Georgia’s athletic website at www.georgiadogs.com and click the link for the 2005 Women’s NCAA Tennis Championship. Live scoring will also be available on the website.
Last year, Clemson won two matches in Athens before falling to UCLA in the semifinals, 4-0.The Tigers defeated Texas A&M in the round of 16 by a score of 4-1 and edged Washington in the Elite Eight, 4-3. The Final Four appearance was the best performance in history by any Clemson women’s team in an NCAA tournament.
Should the Tigers advance to the next round, they would face the winner of the North Carolina/Vanderbilt contest. Clemson defeated the Tar Heels during the regular season, 5-2, on Apr. 16 to take a 30-12 lead in the series score. The Tigers and Commodores have only met on three previous occasions with Vanderbilt winning two of the matches. Clemson’s quarterfinal match would be played on Friday, May 20 at 11:00 AM.
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