March 11, 2006
CLEMSON, SC – The 29th-ranked Tigers claimed a 5-2 victory over the #64 Virginia Cavaliers in Saturday afternoon women’s tennis action to improve to 6-4 on the year and 1-1 in ACC play. Carol Salge clinched the match for Clemson, winning a battle at flight three that took over two and a half hours to complete.
The loss dropped Virginia to 6-4 overall and 1-1 against conference foes.
The Cavaliers won the doubles point with victories at the flight two and three positions. Douglas Wink and Rachel DelPriore of Virginia defeated Clemson’s #40 team of Carol Salge and Federica van Adrichem won an 8-6 decision at the top position over Lori Stern and Kristen James. The duo now boasts a 7-1 record.
In singles play, #119 Alvarez scored the Tigers’ first point and tied the match score at 1-1 with a 7-5, 6-2 victory over Wink at flight one. Van Adrichem, ranked #46, then gave Clemson the lead, defeating James in the flight two match-up. She won the first set, 6-1, and led 5-2 in the second before James rallied to tie the score at 5-5. James then went ahead, 6-5, but van Adrichem knotted the match at 6-6 and won the tie-breaker for the victory. Brito then prevailed in a hard-fought, three-set match at flight four against Stern. She claimed the first set, 6-3, before dropping the second set by the same margin. With the score tied at 5-5 in the third set, Brito held serve to go up 6-5 and broke Stern’s serve to put the Tigers ahead 3-1 in the match.
Salge then clinched the victory for Clemson at flight three. She and Cavalier DelPriore fought an intense battle that lasted more than two and a half hours, but Salge triumphed to post the win. DelPriore won the first set by a 7-6(5) score, but Salge claimed the second, 6-4. Salge held her serve to take a 6-5 lead. She then blanked DelPriore on her own serve to win the set, 7-5, and the match.
Luc then recorded the Tigers’ fifth point at the flight five position against Rales. After falling in the first set, 6-4, she came back to win the second and third sets, both by 6-0 margins. The Cavaliers won their only singles point in the flight six contest as Lindsey Pereira defeated Scriba, 6-3, 6-2.
Clemson will play host to Virginia Tech on Sunday, Mar. 12. The Tigers and Hokies are slated to begin play at 12:00 PM.
#29 Clemson 5, #64 Virginia 2 Doubles 1. #9 Carol Salge/Federica van Adrichem (CU) def. Lori Stern/Kristen James (VA), 8-6 2. Douglas Wink/Rachel DelPriore (VA) def. #40 Daniela Alvarez/Alexandra Luc (CU), 8-5 3. Amanda Rales/Carolina Hammond (VA) def. Maria Brito/Marie Scriba (CU) , 8-6Singles 1. #119 Daniela Alvarez (CU) def. Douglas Wink (VA), 7-5, 6-2 2. #46 Federica van Adrichem (CU) def. Kristen James (VA), 6-1, 7-6 *3. Carol Salge (CU) def. #125 Rachel DelPriore (VA), 6-7(5), 6-4, 7-5 4. Maria Brito (CU) def. Lori Stern (VA), 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 5. Alexandra Luc (CU) def. Lindsey Pereira (VA), 4-6, 6-0, 6-0 6. Amanda Rales (VA) def. Marie Scriba (CU), 6-3, 6-2 Order of Finish: 1, 2, 4, 3, 5, 6 * – clinched match
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