Women's Tennis ACCtion: Wednesday, February 24

Feb. 25, 2010

#12 Tigers Defeat #14 Georgia Tech in Atlanta Wednesday

ATLANTA, GA - The 12th-ranked Clemson women's tennis team got off to a strong start in their ACC season, taking down #14 Georgia Tech, 5-2, in Atlanta. Clemson (11-2, 1-0 ACC) has a 7-2 record against ranked teams in 2010, while Georgia Tech (6-3, 0-1 ACC) has taken three losses to top 15 teams this season.

A huge comeback at flight three helped Clemson take the doubles point, as Nelly Ciolkowski and Estefania Balda erased a 7-4 deficit to win, 9-7 and clinch the point after Laurianne Henry and Keri Wong had already posed an 8-4 victory at flight two. Josipa Bek and Ina Hadziselimovic fell at flight one to Irina Falconi and Sasha Krupina, 8-6, putting the pressure on Balda and Ciolkowski, who rattled off five straight games.

In singles, Josipa Bek fell to the nation's top-ranked player, Falconi, 6-3, 6-1 at flight one. Ina Hadziselimovic fought back at flight three to post a 7-6, 6-1 win over Viet Ha Ngo, and #65 Keri Wong outlasted #112 Sasha Krupina, 6-3, 2-6, 6-0, to give Clemson a 3-1 lead.

Laurianne Henry then clinched the match at flight five, winning 6-1, 6-0 over Elizabeth Kilborn, to win her seventh match in her last eight tries.

Cavaliers Down William & Mary 6-1

CHARLOTTESVILLE – The No. 25 Virginia women’s tennis team won its second match in three days, topping No. 51 William & Mary 6-1 Wednesday afternoon at the Boyd Tinsley Courts at the Boar’s Head Sports Club. The Cavaliers improve to 5-2 on the season and will open conference play this weekend.

The Cavaliers opened the match by winning the doubles point for a 1-0 lead. Emily Fraser (Rye, N.Y.) and Jennifer Stevens (Miami, Fla.) jumped out to an 8-1 win over Anik Cepeda and Carmen Pop at No. 1 doubles. Lindsey Hardenbergh (Fairfax Station, Va.) and Erin Vierra (Norwell, Mass.) sealed the opening point for the Cavaliers with an 8-2 win at No. 2 over Ragini Acharya and Katie Kargi. The Tribe (4-6) won at No. 3 doubles, where Marlan Mesgarzadeh and Lauren Sabacinski defeated Hana Tomljanovic (Boca Raton, Fla.) and Neela Vaez (Perrysburg, Ohio) 8-3.