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Women’s Tennis Downs 13th-Ranked North Carolina, 6-1, On Sunday

Women’s Tennis Downs 13th-Ranked North Carolina, 6-1, On Sunday

April 1, 2007

CLEMSON, SC – The eighth-ranked Clemson women’s tennis team took a 1-0 lead over #13 North Carolina by claiming the doubles point, and the Tigers went on to win five of six singles matches to post the 6-1 victory. Inclement weather forced the action indoors after just an hour of play, but Clemson remained in control to improve to 15-3 on the year with a 6-1 mark against ACC opponents.

The Tar Heels fell to 16-7 overall and 4-3 in conference play.

Tiger freshman Ani Mijacika continued to dominate in singles action as she upset the Tar Heels #5 Jenna Long at the top position. Long won the first set, 6-7(5), but Mijacika easily claimed the second and third sets by identical 6-1 scores for her 10th straight singles win. Estefania Balda then won a three-set battle at flight two over #55 Katrina Tsang (62, 6-7(4), 6-3) for her fourth victory over a ranked opponent this season. Carol Salge and Federica van Adrichem posted straight-set victories for Clemson at flights three and four, respectively. Salge defeated Caitlin Collins, 6-1, 6-4, while van Adrichem won over #51 Sara Anundsen, 6-4, 7-6(7).

On Senior Day, Clemson’s Maria Brito won her flight five match-up against #98 Austin Smith, 6-3, 2-6, 10-3, which moved her into a tie for seventh place in school history with 20 three-set victories.

The Tar Heels lone point came at flight six as Sanaz Marand defeated Ina Hadziselimovic, 6-3, 6-1.

In doubles play, Balda and Hadziselimovic upset North Carolina’s 19th-ranked team of Collins and Marand, 8-5, at the flight two position to clinch a 1-0 lead for the Tigers. Brito and Salge had defeated Meg Fanjoy and Smith, 8-4, moments before in the number three match-up. North Carolina’s 11th-ranked team of Anundsen and Long recorded an 8-3 victory over Mijacika and van Adrichem, ranked #8, at flight one to avoid the sweep.

Clemson will return to action next weekend as they will take on NC State and Wake Forest on the road.

#8 Clemson 6, #13 North Carolina 1

Doubles 1. #11 Anundsen/Long (UNC) def. #8 Mijacika/van Adrichem (CU), 8-3 2. Balda/Hadziselimovic (CU) def. #19 Collins/Marand (UNC), 8-5 3. Brito/Salge (CU) def. Fanjoy/Smith (UNC), 8-4

Singles 1. #64 Ani Mijacika (CU) def. #5 Jenna Long (UNC), 6-7(5), 6-1, 6-1 2. #85 Estefania Balda (CU) def. #55 Katrina Tsang (UNC), 6-2, 6-7(4), 6-3 3. #67 Carol Salge (CU) def. Caitlin Collins (UNC), 6-1, 6-4 4. Federica van Adrichem (CU) def. #51 Sara Anundsen (UNC), 6-4, 7-6(7) 5. Maria Brito (CU) def. #98 Austin Smith (UNC), 6-3, 2-6, 10-3 6. #51 Sanaz Marand (UNC) def. Ina Hadziselimovic (CU), 6-3, 6-1

Records: Clemson 15-3, 6-1 ACC; North Carolina 16-7, 4-3 ACC