The Clemson women's tennis team captured its second consecutive regional championship on Saturday at the Hoke Sloan Tennis Complex with its 4-0 victory over the College of William and Mary. The Tigers will advance to the NCAA Women's Tennis Championships round of 16 to begin on May 19 in Athens, GA. Their opponent is yet to be determined.
A year ago, Clemson became the first women's team in school history to compete in the semi-finals of any national championship. The 2005 Tigers are the fifth team to reach the round of 16 in program history.
"I was very worried about our doubles because we
had been out of competition for so long," said
Clemson Head Coach Nancy Harris. "They are a
very well coached team and very hard fighting
team. I knew the doubles point could set the
tone for the match. It could also determine the
outcome of the match, and I think that winning
the doubles point gave us an edge coming out of
the locker room into the singles matches.
"It was a pleasure to play such a well-coached
and tough team as William & Mary both times this
season. They are always going to be a top-25
team, and we have tremendous respect for that
"I guess that's why they call it the "Sweet 16" -
it is very sweet. We are very proud and excited
for both our players, coaches and the Clemson
family. It was a wonderful tournament."
In three sets of hotly-contested doubles play,
the Clemson Tigers claimed flights one and two to
claim the doubles point. William and Mary won
the flight three doubles match, as The Tribe's
Lena Sherbakov and Amy Wei defeated Clemson's
Romy Farah and Carol Salge by a score of 8-5.
The Tigers' Daniela Alvarez and Maria Brito
captured the flight two doubles match with an 8-5
win over William and Mary's Kate Boomershine and
Candice Fuchs. Clemson clinched the doubles
point as the Tigers' top-ranked duo of Julie Coin
and Alix Lacelarie downed William and Mary's
tandem of Megan Moulton-Levy and Megan Muth by a
score of 8-6.
The Tigers took a 2-0 lead as Clemson's Carol
Salge defeated Kate Boomershine of William and
Mary by a score of 6-1, 6-1 at flight six
singles. Daniela Alvarez of Clemson completed
her 6-0, 6-2 win over William and Mary's Lingda
Yang, and moments later, Maria Brito sealed the
Tiger victory with a 6-3, 6-1 decision over Amy
Wei of The Tribe at flight four singles.
Tigers Advance to NCAA Final 16
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