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Tigers Open Season with Two Convincing Wins in Charlotte

Tigers Open Season with Two Convincing Wins in Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Clemson women’s tennis team opened the 2018 season with a 7-0 win over Charleston Southern and a 4-0 win over Appalachian State on Saturday in Charlotte, N.C. The Tigers were a combined 9-0 in singles play and 5-0 in doubles play and did not lose a single set in the two matches held at the Charlotte Indoor Tennis Center to start the season 2-0 as a team.

Junior Marie-Alexandre Leduc, the nation’s 20th-ranked singles player, was 2-0 at No. 1 singles, winning 6-1, 6-2 over Charleston Southern and 6-2, 6-0 over Appalachian State. Sophomores Tate Schroeder (No. 3 singles) and Constanza Gorches (No. 5 singles) were also 2-0 in singles play, while three other Tigers (Sydney Riley at No. 2, Fernanda Navarro at No. 4 and Daniela Ruiz at No. 6) won one singles match apiece.

Leduc and Navarro combined to go 2-0 at No. 1 doubles, while Gorches and Riley were 1-0 with a win over the Buccaneers’ No. 2 doubles team. At No. 3 doubles, Ruiz and freshman Laura Marti won versus Charleston Southern, while Schroeder and Ally Miller-Krasilnikov picked up a victory against the Mountaineers.

The Tigers will be back in action next weekend when they travel to Columbia, S.C. for the ITA Kick-off Weekend. Clemson faces Southern Cal on Friday, Jan. 26 at 10 a.m. in the first round, and will face either South Carolina or Oklahoma on Saturday, Jan. 27.


Clemson 7, Charleston Southern 0


  1. #20 Marie-Alexandre Leduc (CU) def. Sophie Cloessner (CSU), 6-1, 6-2
  2. Sydney Riley (CU) def. Madalina Man (CSU), 6-2, 6-2
  3. Tate Schroeder (CU) def. Filippa Ericson (CSU), 6-4, 6-0
  4. Fernanda Navarro (CU) def. Valeria Koussenkova (CSU), 6-4, 6-3
  5. Constanza Gorches (CU) def. Kimberley Koerner (CSU), 6-4, 6-4
  6. Daniela Ruiz (CU) def. Michelle Schmitz (CSU), 6-2, 6-1

Order of finish: 2, 6, 4, 1, 3, 5


  1. Marie-Alexandre Leduc/Fernanda Navarro CU) def. Sophie Cloessner/Madalina Man (CSU), 7-5
  2. Constanza Gorches/Sydney Riley (CU) def. Filippa Ericson/Valeria Koussenkova (CSU), 6-2
  3. Laura Marti/Daniela Ruiz (CU) def. Kimberley Koerner/Yana Morar, 6-4

Order of finish: 2, 3, 1

Clemson 4, Appalachian State 0


  1. #20 Marie-Alexandre Leduc (CU) def. María José Zacarias (ASU), 6-2, 6-0
  2. Sydney Riley (CU) vs. Taylor Bygrave (ASU), 3-1 DNF
  3. Tate Schroeder (CU) def. Heidi Swope (ASU), 6-2, 6-3
  4. Fernanda Navarro (CU) vs. Melissa Machado (ASU), 1-1 DNF
  5. Constanza Gorches (CU) def. Rebecca Morse (ASU), 6-2, 6-2
  6. Daniela Ruiz (CU) vs. Sandra Anglesjö (ASU), did not start

Order of finish: 1, 3, 5


  1. Marie-Alexandre Leduc/Fernanda Navarro (CU) def. Heidi Swope/María José Zacarias (ASU), 6-3
  2. Constanza Gorches/Sydney Riley (CU) vs. Sandra Anglesjö/Emily Gaskins (ASU), 4-4 DNF
  3. Ally Miller-Krasilnikov/Tate Schroeder (CU) def. Melissa Machado/Teodora Sevo (ASU), 6-1

Order of finish: 3, 1