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May 28, 2011
STANFORD, Calif. - The dream season continues for Clemson's Josipa Bek and Keri Wong, as they knocked off No. 2 overall seed Alex Cercone and Allie Will of Florida, 6-2, 7-5, on Saturday in Stanford, CA to advance to the Final Four of the NCAA Doubles Championships. The Tigers become just the second doubles team in school history to reach the National Semifinals in an NCAA individual event.
The time of the Semifinal match is yet to be determined, but fans can check ClemsonTigers.com for an update, and can watch the match at GoStanford.com. The Tigers will play Southern Cal's Maria Sanchez and Kaitlyn Christian, the No. 3 overall seed in the tournament.
Will and Cercone had been 14-0 on the season and hold the nation's No. 2 overall ranking. After defeating the same Tiger team in the NCAA Team Sweet 16 at the top flight, 8-6, the Tigers got revenge in knocking off the Gators in the individual tournament. Clemson's duo is ranked sixth nationally, and is a national 5-8 seed in the tournament.
"We played a little different that we did," said Bek, who won her 94th career doubles match. "Last time [in the Sweet 16] we didn't finish, so we just tried to make some changes and not make the same mistakes we did last week, and put more balls in play, and it was working."