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Women’s Tennis Edged By #4 Georgia, 4-3, On Wednesday

Women’s Tennis Edged By #4 Georgia, 4-3, On Wednesday

Feb. 20, 2008

ATHENS, GA – The Tigers held a 3-2 lead over #4 Georgia but fell short in the final two singles matches to suffer the loss on Wednesday at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex. Clemson improved to 7-2 in doubles competition, but the team is now just 3-6 overall.

After Kathryn Gerber and Alexandra Luc fell at the number three doubles position, 8-0, to Georgia’s team of Cameron Ellis and Adrienne Elsberry, Tigers Estefania Balda and Federica van Adrichem notched a win at flight two. The Clemson duo won 8-4 over Yvette Hyndman and Naoko Ueshima, the 30th-ranked team in the nation.

Ani Mijacika and Carol Salge then outlasted the Bulldogs’ tandem of Monika Dancevic and Kelley Hyndman at the top spot, edging the #30 team nationally, 9-8(3).

Georgia tied the match at 1-1 with a win at the number six singles position as Elsberry won by a 6-2, 6-0 margin over Gerber. Ueshima then gave her team the lead, defeating Salge at flight four (6-2, 6-1).

Mijacika scored the Tigers’ second point of the afternoon with a straight-set victory over 45th-ranked Kelley Hyndman at the number one spot (6-4, 6-1). The sophomore from Makarska, Croatia improved her singles record to 16-5 for the fall and spring seasons combined.

Federica van Adrichem then put Clemson back on top, defeating Dancevic in three sets at flight three. The Tiger player won the first set, 6-2, before falling in the second, 6-0. Van Adrichem then rebounded for the 6-4 victory in the third set to post Clemson’s third point.

Balda dropped a three-set battle to Yvette Hyndman at flight two after winning the first set (4-6, 6-3, 6-2). Georgia then clinched the victory with a win at flight five singles as Ellis defeated Luc, 7-6(1), 6-4.

The Tigers will return to action on Saturday, as they will face their second straight Southeastern Conference opponent. Clemson will travel to Columbia, SC for a date with the Gamecocks.

#4 Georgia 4, #18 Clemson 3 Doubles 1. Mijacika/Salge (CU) def. #36 Dancevik/K.Hyndman (UGA), 9-8(3) 2. Balda/Van Adrichem (CU) def. #30 Y.Hyndman/Ueshima (UGA), 8-4 3. Ellis/Elsberry (UGA) def. Gerber/Luc, 8-0 Order of Finish – 3, 2, 1

Singles 1. #4 Ani Mijacika (CU) def. #45 Kelley Hyndman (UGA), 6-4, 6-1 2. Yvette Hyndman (UGA) def. Estefania Balda (CU), 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 3. #53 Federica van Adrichem (UGA) def. Monika Dancevic (UGA), 6-2, 0-6, 6-4 4. Naoko Ueshima (UGA) def. #84 Carol Salge (CU), 6-2, 6-1 5. Cameron Ellis (UGA) def. Alexandra Luc (CU), 7-6(1), 6-4 6. Adrienne Elsberry (UGA) def. Kathryn Gerber (CU), 6-2, 6-0 Order of Finish – 6, 4, 1, 3, 2, 5