CLEMSON, S.C. – Junior Dani Medvedeva’s three-set win over No. 67 Elizabeth Scotty highlighted No. 38 Clemson’s play in a 6-1 defeat to top-ranked North Carolina (20-0, 6-0 ACC) on Sunday at the Duckworth Family Tennis Center indoor courts. The Tigers (11-6, 1-5 ACC) went to three sets in a pair of singles matches
“Today we learned a lot about ourselves, what we are doing well and what we need to do better,” said Head Coach Amy Sargeant. “The difference between us and top-10 teams, is taking a step forward outside our comfort zone. When we make the decision to play fearless and within ourselves, we make things happen. As a team, we are so close to finding the willingness to change and the way we play, to attack the game. Like our willingness for our positive culture change, we are at the tipping point to embrace a new style of play.”
UNC took the doubles point with 6-3 wins on courts two and three. The Clemson duo of Eleni Louka and Sophia Hatton held strong at court one against the nation’s No. 15 doubles duo.
Medvedeva came out quickly in the first set, taking a quick 3-0 advantage before hanging on for a 6-4 win. Scotty came back in the second, but Medvedeva won the supertiebreak third, fighting off a match point. On the clinching point, she fell mid-point, but recovered for a return and Scotty’s return sailed long.
Sophia Hatton also battled to a third set against the No. 16 player in the nation, Abbey Forbes. Her upset bid fell short as Forbes won the super tiebreak third set, 10-5.
Clemson will return to action on March 17 against Syracuse at 3 p.m.
#1 North Carolina 6, #38 Clemson Women’s Tennis 1
Singles competition1. #33 Reese Brantmeier (NC) def. Eleni Louka (CUW) 6-1, 6-12. #15 Carson Tanguilig (NC) def. Cristina Mayorova (CUW) 6-1, 6-43. Daniella Medvedeva (CUW) def. #67 Elizabeth Scotty (NC) 6-4, 1-6, 1-0 (11-9)4. #16 Abbey Forbes (NC) def. Sophia Hatton (CUW) 6-2, 2-6, 1-0 (10-5)5. #22 Anika Yarlagadda (NC) def. Leigh Van Zyl (CUW) 6-2, 6-36. #73 Reilly Tran (NC) def. Lana Sipek (CUW) 6-0, 6-1
Doubles competition1. Eleni Louka/Sophia Hatton (CUW) vs. #15 Elizabeth Scotty/Reese Brantmeier (NC) 4-5, unfinished2. #3 Carson Tanguilig/Fiona Crawley (NC) def. Daniella Medvedeva/Cristina Mayorova (CUW) 6-33. Reilly Tran/Abbey Forbes (NC) def. Jenna Thompson/Leigh Van Zyl (CUW) 6-3
Match Notes:North Carolina 20-0, 6-0 ACC; National ranking #1Clemson Women’s Tennis 11-6, 1-5 ACC; National ranking #38Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (1,6,2,5,4,3)