May 23, 2006
CLEMSON, SC – Two Clemson women’s tennis players will begin competition on Wednesday at the NCAA Individual Championships in Palo Alto, CA on the campus of Stanford University. Carol Salge and Federica van Adrichem will participate in the singles tournament and the two will also compete in doubles beginning Thursday. The individual tournaments were pushed back a day after inclement weather forced the team championships to be held on Tuesday instead on Monday.
Van Adrichem, currently ranked #56 in the Fila/ITA Tennis singles poll, will face Emma Murphy of San Diego at 4:00 PM Eastern Time in her first-round match-up, while Salge will open against UCLA’s Riza Zalameda at 4:30 PM EST. The Tiger tandem will then play the Southern California team of Dianne Matias and Carine Vermeulen in the opening round of the doubles tournament.
Salge boasts a 24-9 overall record with a 17-6 mark in dual matches for the 2005-06 season. The sophomore has won eight of her last 10 matches, including four against ranked opponents. Overall, Salge owns a 6-2 record when facing a ranked player. She also earned All-ACC honors after posting a 9-2 record during the conference season. The San Roque, Brazil native was the top alternate for the singles tournament.
Van Adrichem earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Singles Championships and brings a 21-14 ledger into the event, including a 12-10 record in the spring. The native of Amersfoort, The Netherlands captured the Wilson/ITA Southeast Regional title in October, winning six matches in the five-day tournament. In the dual season, she clinched victories for the Tigers over NC State and Wake Forest in the final two regular-season matches.
As a doubles team, Salge and van Adrichem have compiled a 12-9 record. They faced 10 ranked opponents during the spring season and defeated five of them, including the ninth-ranked team from Georgia, Georgia Tech’s #11 teandem and the #13 team from Maryland. Five of the Clemson duo’s losses were to teams then-listed in the top 10.
Both the singles and doubles finals will now be played on Monday, May 29. Fans can follow the action on www.gostanford.com and clicking on the link for the NCAA Tennis Championships.
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