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Apr 19, 2024

WTEN: Tigers Drop ACC Quarterfinals Match to No. 13 NC State

CARY, N.C. – The 12th-seeded Clemson Women’s Tennis team (13-13) ended their ACC Championship tournament run on Friday as they lost 4-0 against fourth-seeded and 12th-ranked  NC State (20-7). The match began outdoors at Cary Tennis Park, but was moved to Duke’s indoor courts midway through singles due to weather. 

The Tigers were playing for a third straight day after back-to-back wins against Boston College and Georgia Tech, earning a berth in the ACC Quarterfinals for the first time since the 2017 season. The Tigers’ win over Georgia Tech also marked their first win over a top-five seed at the ACC since 2008.

“It’s always tough to finish a tournament with a loss,” Head Coach Boomer Saia said. “This group found a peak in this tournament and played extremely hard for the last three days. They made it farther in this tournament than we have been in a while, so it’s great momentum for our program.”

Clemson battled hard in doubles, dropping court one against the No. 10 ranked team, 6-0. Sophia Hatton and Alina Tsyurpalevych dominated on court three, defeating the pair of Dittman and Renchili 6-2. It all came down to court two, where Cristina Mayorova and Leigh Van Zyl came back as they were down 5-4 to tie the match to 6-6. Taking the lead early in the tiebreak set, 3-0, the Tigers ultimately lost the doubles point to the 19th-ranked duo of Abrams and Zyryanova 

As singles began, it became clear that weather was going to play a factor in the match. The match was halted due to rain, and with the tight schedule, the match was moved to Duke’s indoor facilities.

Resuming play in Duke, the Tigers fell on courts five, six, and one. Mayorova was forced to abandon her match as she was leading No. 69 Rencheli 6-2, 2-0. 

The Tigers stand at 13-13 overall and ranked 55th nationally. The 64-team NCAA Tournament Selection Show airs Monday, April 29 at 6:30 p.m. on Hatton leads the team in singles with 16 wins, and the pairing of Hatton and Tsyurpalevych led the Tigers with 12 victories on the season.

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(4) NC State 4, (12) Clemson 0


  1. #10 Amelia Rajecki/Maddy Zampardo def. Eleni Louka/Jenna Thompson, 6-0
  2. #19 Sophie Abrams/Anna Zyryanova def. Cristina Mayorova/Leigh Van Zyl, 7(7)-6(4)
  3. Sophia Hatton/Alina Tsyurpalevych def. Gina Dittmann/Abigail Rencheli, 6-2

Order of finish: (1,3,2)


  1.  #5 Amelia Rajecki (ST) def. Eleni Louka (CU) 6-2, 6-1
  2.  #69 Abigail Rencheli (ST) vs. Cristina Mayorova (CU) 2-6, 0-2, unfinished
  1.  #52 Anna Zyryanova (ST) vs. Daniella Medvedeva (CU) 6-3, 3-2, unfinished
  1. Gina Dittmann (ST) vs. Sophia Hatton (CU) 6-2, 0-1, unfinished
  2. Maddy Zampardo (ST) def. Jenna Thompson (CU) 6-2, 6-2
  3. Sophie Abrams (ST) def. Leigh Van Zyl (CU) 6-2, 6-1

Order of finish: (5,6,1)