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Jan 17, 2020

Tigers Sweep Both Matches to Begin Duckworth Family Classic

CLEMSON, S.C. The Clemson women’s tennis team (2-0) opened the 2019 season with wins over the Presbyterian College Blue Hose (0-1) and the North Carolina A&T Aggies (0-2) on Friday. The Tigers swept both matches 7-0 to kick off the second annual Duckworth Family Classic at the Duckworth Family Tennis Facility.

Clemson 7, Presbyterian 0
Clemson earned the doubles point after a dominant 6-1 win by Ali DeSpain and Eleni Louka at No. 3 and a 6-4 triumph by Laura Marti and Zaina Nait Omar at No. 2. On center court, Tate Schroeder and Mackenzy Middlebrooks led 5-4 at the time of the doubles competition’s conclusion. From No. 1 to No. 6, Middlebrooks, Schroeder, DeSpain, Louka, Lana Sipek and Marti all won their respective singles matches for the Tigers in straight sets. Marti garnered the first singles point with an impressive 6-0, 6-3 win, and Louka rounded out the 7-0 sweep with a 6-1, 6-3 victory. On center court, Middlebrooks won her singles battle 6-3, 6-2.


Clemson 7, North Carolina A&T 0
In the doubles duel versus the Aggies, the Tigers collected the point via a walkover win and a pair of 6-1 sets from Middlebrooks and Schroeder on No. 1 and Ali DeSpain and Eleni Louka at No. 2. Clemson also registered a walkover win for a point in the singles competition, and the Tigers won the other five singles matches in straight sets. Once again, Marti sped to a win, tabbing a 6-0, 6-0 victory to place the Tigers ahead 3-0. DeSpain won her match 6-0, 6-0, as well, and Schroeder, who won 6-4, 6-0 on center court, pulled away from her challenger after a competitive start to the first set. Lana Sipek capped off Friday’s action with a 6-4, 6-0 victory, securing the second 7-0 sweep of the day for the Tigers



  • Four Clemson freshmen, DeSpain, Louka, Nait Omar and Sipek, took to the court on the afternoon. DeSpain and Louka won both of their doubles matches together. DeSpain also went 2-0 in her singles matches, and Louka won her singles match against Presbyterian. As for Nait Omar, she was on the winning side of a doubles match versus Presbyterian and was technically on the winning side of the doubles walkover versus North Carolina A&T. Nait Omar also won her singles matchup against North Carolina A&T, and Sipek went 2-0 in her singles performances.
  • In singles, both of Clemson’s No. 1 players were victorious. Middlebrooks won 6-3, 6-2 in the Presbyterian contest, and Schroeder won 6-4, 6-0 in the North Carolina A&T contest.
  • The winning fourth point was secured by Sipek in the Presbyterian match and DeSpain in the North Carolina A&T match.
  • The two wins on Friday placed Head Coach Nancy Harris at 361 career wins at Clemson, marking a successful start to Harris’ final season with the Tigers. Now in her 23rd and final season at the helm of the program, Harris, who recently announced that she will retire at season’s end, has a 361-217 record at Clemson and a 559-264 overall career record as a head coach.

Clemson will return to the courts for Day 2 of the Duckworth Family Classic at the Duckworth Family Tennis Facility on Sunday, Jan. 19. The Tigers are set to host the College of Charleston Cougars at noon.