Feb. 17, 2006
CLEMSON, SC – The Clemson women’s tennis team, ranked #27 in the latest ITA poll, will welcome #60 Furman to the Hoke Sloan Tennis Center on Saturday, Feb. 18. The Tigers are 2-1 in the early season, while the Paladins have a 2-4 record so far. The Tigers will then travel the short distance to Columbia, SC on Sunday to face the Gamecocks of South Carolina at 1:00 PM. The Gamecocks are ranked 26th in the Feb. 14 ITA poll and have compiled a 4-1 record for the 2006 season.
Saturday’s match will be the 39th meeting in history between Clemson and Furman. The Tigers have dominated the series, having won 35 of those contests. Clemson has posted 20 victories in 21 tries in matches played on their home court against the Paladins, including an NCAA regional match-up last season. In the opening round of the tournament, the Tigers won the contest by a 4-0 margin.
Clemson trails its in-state rival, 19-21, in the series score, and the Gamecocks also hold a 10-7 advantage in matches played on their home court. However, the Tigers have won the last four meetings between the schools, dating back to the 2002 season. Last year, Clemson won a 5-2 decision over South Carolina at the Hoke Sloan Tennis Center. The Tigers also defeated the Gamecocks in the most recent match played in Columbia, edging South Carolina, 4-3, in the 2004 season.
Freshman Federica van Adrichem leads the Clemson squad, as she is ranked #41 in the most recent ITA singles poll. She has posted an 11-5 overall record and is 2-1 in dual matches this season. Carol Salge, a sophomore from San Roque, Brazil, is undefeated at 3-0 during the spring season and has compiled a 10-3 overall record.
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