Clemson, S.C. — The Clemson women’s tennis team (9-3, 1-1 ACC) earned split decisions in a doubleheader at the Duckworth Family Tennis Facility on Sunday. It was a tale of two matches, as the Tigers dropped the first match 7-0 but won the second match 7-0. The Wake Forest Demon Deacons (6-1, 1-0 ACC) defeated Clemson in the first match, but the Tigers bounced back by toppling the Western Carolina Catamounts (0-4) 7-0 in the second match.
Clemson fell for the first time on home court this season. The Tigers dropped the doubles decision 2-0 after defeats on courts two and three. However, senior duo Tate Schroeder and Sydney Riley’s line one match against No. 23-ranked pair M.C. Meredith and Eliza Omirou went unfinished at 5-3 despite the Tigers closing in on a victory. In singles, Schroeder managed to take the second set from No. 23 Carolyn Campana to force a 10-point third set. The senior fell in that third set, 10-4.
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Clemson bounced back in the second installment of Sunday’s doubleheader at the Duckworth Family Tennis Facility, defeating Western Carolina 7-0. The Tigers topped the Catamounts as a result of winning 2-of-3 doubles matches and sweeping the six singles matches.
In doubles action, Western Carolina won the match at center court, but Clemson earned the point by winning at No. 2 and No. 3. Ali DeSpain and Lauri Marti took care of business at No. 3 with a 6-2 triumph. Following the Catamounts’ win at No. 1, Mackenzy Middlebrooks and Zaina Nait Omar came up clutch won in a tiebreak at Court 2, winning their match 7-6 (7-4) to give the Tigers a point.
Clemson collected its second point via a walkover at No. 6 to start singles action. The rest of singles play went the Tigers’ way, as well, including a pair of 6-0, 6-0 triumphs by Sydney Riley and DeSpain, respectively, that provided Clemson with a 4-0 edge. Riley won at No. 5, and DeSpain won at No. 3. Eleni Louka downed her oppoent 6-2, 6-1 at center court, and Lani Sipek garnered a 6-2, 6-2 victory at No. 4. Middlebrooks capped off the action by winning 6-0, 6-4 at No. 2, coming from behind in the second set to secure the 7-0 sweep for the Tigers.
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Up Next: Following a weeklong layoff, the Tigers will return to action in an ACC matchup against the No. 11 Virginia Cavaliers (7-2, 1-0 ACC) on Sunday, Feb. 23. Clemson and Virginia will square off at the Sheridan Snyder Tennis Center in Charlottesville, Va. The match is scheduled to begin at noon.