June 1, 2007
CLEMSON, SC – Clemson women’s tennis players Ani Mijacika and Federica van Adrichem etched their names in the school record books again on Friday when the final Fila/ITA Tennis individual rankings were released. The Tiger duo, who last week became the first doubles team in program history to reach the semifinals of the national tournament, was listed fourth in the final doubles poll.
The ranking is the highest ever for a Clemson doubles tandem and is just the third time in history that a Tiger team earned a top-10 final ranking. With their top-10 ranking and by reaching the round of eight at the NCAA Doubles Championships, Mijacika and van Adrichem were named All-Americans for the 2007 season, becoming the 14th and 15th different players in Clemson women’s tennis history to garner the honor. The duo posted an 18-5 overall record, winning seven of its last eight decisions and defeating eight ranked opponents during the season.
Mijacika was also Clemson’s highest ranked singles player at #33. The native of Makarska, Croatia won 14 straight singles matches in the spring en route to a 20-3 dual record that included an unblemished 11-0 mark against ACC opponents. Mijacika was named the ACC Freshman-of-the-Year and was selected as the ITA Southeast Region Rookie Player-of-the-Year, becoming the first Tiger to win either award. For the fall and spring seasons combined, she boasted a 25-7 overall ledger.
Clemson’s Estefania Balda and Carol Salge were also listed in the singles poll at 87th and 95th. Balda posted a 16-8 singles record in her first season as a Tiger, winning four matches over ranked opponents. Salge then compiled a 17-16 record for the 2006-07 season. The junior from San Roque, Brazil clinched Clemson’s victory over Virginia in the regional final to send the Tigers to the NCAA round of 16.
Mijacika and Salge were also listed in the doubles poll at #29. The duo owned an 8-3 overall record and advanced to the finals of the Wilson/ITA Southeast Regional Championships in October.
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