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Women’s Tennis Ready for Weekend Battles at ITA Regional Championships

Oct. 21, 2011


CHAPEL HILL, NC – The Clemson women’s tennis team is off to a cumulative 7-0 record in play at the 2011 ITA Carolina Regional Championships. Tigers have a 3-0 mark in doubles, and all four participats won their opening singles matches in the 64-player main draw. In the seven matches, the players dropped a total of 14 games.

Nelly Ciolkowski won her 2011 debut with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Christina Riley of UNC-Greensboro. Ciolkowski is the 5th seed of the 64-play singles main draw. 

Keri Wong and Josipa Bek also cruised to first-round wins, dropping a combined three games in moving into the round of 32. Bek has won this event in 2008 and 2009 in singles, and she and Wong are the defending doubles Champions. 

The top-ranked and top-seeded tandem earned a first-round bye, before routing Jansaker and Khoury of Elon, 8-0 in the round of 32. They will play in the round of 16 on Saturday, beginning at 8:00 am. 

Ciolkowski and doubles partner Monika Kochanova, who also won her singles matchup, won two doubles matches to earn a bid in the round of 16. They also play Saturday morning. 

All four players are in to the round of 32 in singles, which gets underway aafter doubles play. The Champion of the Carolina Region will go on to the ITA National Indoor Championships in Flushing, NY against the winners of the other regions nationally. 

Results (Complete Through Friday)Doubles:Thursday:Rd. of 64: Ciolkowski/Kochanova (CU) def. Chemaya/Yegorevchenko (CAMP), 8-4 Friday:Rd. of 32: #1 Bek/Wong (CU) def. Jansaker/Khoury (Elon), 8-0Rd. of 32: Ciolkowski/Kochanova (CU) def. Beme/Stavreva (Elon), 8-2Saturday:Rd. of 16: #1 Bek/Wong (CU) v. Alkema/Garcia (WIN), 8:00 AMRd. of 16: Ciolkowski/Kochanova (CU) v. (5) Clayton/Mulholland (DUKE), 8:00 AMSingles:Friday:Rd. of 64: #8 Josipa Bek (CU) def. Erica White (G-W), 6-1, 6-1Rd. of 64: #98 Nelly Ciolkowski (CU) def. Christina Riley (UNC-W), 6-0, 6-1Rd. of 64: #32 Keri Wong (CU) def. Ainhoa Diaz (WCU), 6-1, 6-0Rd. of 64: Monika Kochanova (CU) def. Christy Sipes (NCSU), 6-1, 6-3Saturday:Rd. of 32: #8 Josipa Bek (CU) v. Lauren Kline (FUR), 9:30 AMRd. of 32: #98 Nelly Ciolkowski (CU) v. Ryann Cutillo (WF), 12:00 PMRd. of 32: #32 Keri Wong (CU) v. Alex Whitehead (UNC-G), 12:30 PMRd. of 32: Monika Kochanova (CU) v. #104 Hanna Mar (DUKE), 10:45 AM