CLEMSON, S.C. – Dani Medvedeva prevailed in a three-set war on Court 4 to clinch the match for Clemson 4-3 over No. 24 Furman on Saturday afternoon. The victory is the highest-ranked win in Head Coach Christy Lynch’s tenure, and the No. 72 Tigers improved to 9-8 after their thrilling upset over the Paladins.
After dropping the doubles point, Clemson immediately proved it would not go down quietly, as Jenna Thompson quickly leveled the score at one apiece with a 6-2, 6-4 win on Court 3. Furman looked to put the Tigers away by taking a 3-1 advantage, however Eleni Louka and Samantha Buyckx had other plans.
Louka won her first set 6-3, and went on to clinch Court 2 in the second set thanks to a tiebreak win. Buyckx quickly followed, taking her Court 6 match by a 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 final.
Once again, the match came down to Court 4, where Medvedeva battled back from down 2-6, 4-5 to force a third set after breaking match point. The Sophomore transfer took a 5-3 lead in the decisive set, but dropped the next two games to level the playing field.
At 5-5 and in the midst of an extremely heated and emotional match beneath a raucous crowd at Duckworth Family Tennis Facility, Medvedeva broke serve to take a 6-5 advantage, and put the match away by a final score of 2-6, 7-5, 7-5. She threw her racket in celebration and was mobbed by her screaming teammates as the Tigers’ coaching staff embraced in jubilation.
Bedlam at Duckworth‼️ These are the moments we work for!!#FamilyOverEverything🧡💜 pic.twitter.com/jWxrBZFHNl— Clemson Women's Tennis (@ClemsonWTennis) March 26, 2022
Bedlam at Duckworth‼️ These are the moments we work for!!#FamilyOverEverything🧡💜 pic.twitter.com/jWxrBZFHNl
— Clemson Women's Tennis (@ClemsonWTennis) March 26, 2022
“First of all, thank you for all of the fans who came out to support our team today! The team really felt the energy on the court,” began Head Coach Christy Lynch. “Our girls came ready to play singles. I’m so proud of our entire team for the way they have been approaching their practices each day and taking care of the details. Dani was so clutch for us in the deciding match having saved a match point down in the second set and fought back. Her composure in the end was incredible! Go Tigers!!!”
"That felt good 😉" What a moment for this program, and what a moment for Dani Medvedeva. 🐅 on 🔝!!!#FamilyOverEverything🧡💜 pic.twitter.com/B5LhAgzMkB— Clemson Women's Tennis (@ClemsonWTennis) March 26, 2022
"That felt good 😉"
What a moment for this program, and what a moment for Dani Medvedeva. 🐅 on 🔝!!!#FamilyOverEverything🧡💜 pic.twitter.com/B5LhAgzMkB
Saturday’s victory marked Clemson’s third over a ranked opponent in the month of March, and saw the Tigers improve to 9-2 at Duckworth Family Tennis Facility.
Up next, the Tigers take a short trip to Atlanta to take on Georgia Tech in an ACC matchup on Saturday, April 2 with first serve scheduled for noon. They will then return home to face James Madison on Sunday morning. That match will begin at 11 a.m.
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