April 14, 2004
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The ninth-ranked Clemson women’s tennis team will compete at the 2004 ACC Championships this weekend at the Millbrook Exchange Tennis Center in Raleigh, NC. The Tigers are the top-seeded team in the tournament after finishing the conference regular season with a perfect 8-0 record to claim the regular season ACC title. Clemson will face the winner of eighth-seeded Maryland and ninth-seeded N.C. State on Friday morning at 9:00 a.m.
This is the first time that the Tigers have finished at the top of the regular season conference standings since the 1986 season. Then-16th-ranked Clemson closed out the regular season with upset victories over fourth-ranked Duke and 12th-ranked North Carolina last weekend, improving to 19-3 overall and 8-0 in the ACC. The Tigers are ranked ninth according to the ITA poll released on Apr. 13. This is the highest national ranking for a Clemson women’s tennis team since the 1994 season, when the Tigers were ranked ninth in the ITA poll released on Apr. 12, 1994.
At the 2003 ACC Championships, the Tigers defeated Wake Forest in the first round (4-1) but fell to North Carolina in the semifinal round (4-0) of the tournament. Clemson is 20-17 all-time in matches played at the conference tournament. The Tigers won the ACC Championships six consecutive seasons from 1982-1987.
The Tigers hold a 21-3 all-time advantage over Maryland after winning the regular season contest between the two teams by a score of 6-1 at home. The Terrapins are 8-11 overall (2-6 ACC) on the season, ending the regular season with conference victories over N.C. State (5-2) and Wake Forest (4-3).
Clemson is 31-4 in the series against the Wolfpack. Earlier this season, the Tigers won a 7-0 decision over N.C. State in Clemson. So far this season, N.C. State is 7-11 overall (0-8 ACC). The Wolfpack fell to Maryland (2-5) and Virginia (1-5) in their final two regular season matches. N.C. State and Maryland will face off on Thursday at 3:00 p.m. in the first round of the ACC Championships. The winner will take on the Tigers at 9:00 a.m. on Friday.
2004 ACC Championship Schedule
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