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Women’s Tennis Set For Top-15 Showdown Wednesday

Women’s Tennis Set For Top-15 Showdown Wednesday

April 5, 2011

The 11th-ranked Clemson women’s tennis team will put their seven-match winning streak on the line as they play host to the No. 9 Baylor Bears (15-3, 5-1 Big12) on Wednesday at 1:00 pm at the Hoke Sloan Tennis Center. It opens a difficult week for Clemson (17-5, 5-2 ACC), who will play at No. 4 Duke and No. 3 North Carolina this weekend.

Clemson holds a 2-1 all-time mark against the Bears, as the two tangled in 2003, 2004, and 2005 during the regular season. Live scoring will be available at, and video of the match’s one-through-three positions will be available on TigerCast after the match and will be archived. Admission is free to the event.

Baylor is riding a five-match winning streak of their own, and features several of the nation’s top players, including five of the nation’s top 125 players. Sona Novakova, a transfer from Armstrong Atlantic State, is Baylor’s top player, boasting a No. 14 national ranking.

Clemson is led by Josipa Bek, who checks in at No. 10 in the nation. She and Keri Wong are ranked No. 1 in the nation in doubles as well. Bek has won seven straight matches overall, and is 14-6 against ranked opponents in 2010-11.

Clemson is coming off a sweep of matches against Boston College and Maryland during the weekend.

The Bears will be the sixth team in the current ITA top ten that Clemson has played this season, with two more coming this weekend. Clemson’s next three opponents have a combined 50-8 (.862) record. The Tigers currently sit in fourth place in the conference, in position for a first round by in the The ACC currently has six teams in the top 18 nationally and nine among the top 32. ACC Tournament, but four of their last five matches are against teams in the top-20 nationally.

National Rankings:Team: No. 9 – Baylor (Big 12) No. 11 – Clemson (ACC)

Singles: No. 10 – Josipa Bek (CU) No. 14 – Sona Novakova (BU) No. 36 – Nina Secerbegovic (BU) No. 38 – Diana Nakic (BU) No. 51 – Keri Wong (CU) No. 100 – Klara Vyskocilova (CU) No. 103 – Jelena Stanivuk (BU) No. 124 – Karolina Filipiak (BU)

Doubles: No. 1 – Bek/Wong (CU) No. 35 – Novakova/Secerbegovic (BU)