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May 30, 2011
STANFORD, CA – Josipa Bek and Keri Wong clawed their way to the 2011 NCAA Women’s Tennis Doubles Championship match, but fell just short in their attempt to knock off a third top-four team in as many days on Monday in Stanford, CA. The 5-8 seeded Tigers fell, 7-6(6), 6-0 to Stanford’s Mallory Burdette and Hilary Barte, the No. 4 overall seed in the tournament in the Final.
The Tigers made a big, first-set comeback, but ultimately could not get over the hump against the home team.
Despite the loss, it caps one of the most decorated seasons by any doubles team in school history. Bek and Wong reached all three major doubles championship finals, and held the nation’s top ranking for more than a month, the first such Clemson duo to hold the distinction.
They defeated two different national No. 1 doubles teams, and ousted the No. 2 and No. 3 overall seeds in the NCAA Tournament.
With the loss, the Tiger tandem falls to 34-11, surpassing the previous doubles team record of 29 wins in a single season. Bek’s 40 and Wong’s 39 overall doubles wins (with other partners) this year rank one and two, respectively, in the Clemson annals.
Bek and Wong have been away from Clemson since May 11, as they have been out since the first and second rounds of the team tournament on May 14 and 15 in Fayetteville, AR. The team advanced to the Sweet 16 in Stanford, CA, falling to eventual national champion Florida on May 20. Both Bek and Wong competed in the singles portion, with Wong falling to the 2010 Champion, and Bek retiring due to injury in the first set against the 2011 Runner-Up.
The 2011 Doubles Championship caps a successful season for the Tigers, who went 21-11 and reached the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament for the seventh time in eight seasons, and saw Clemson reach the Final Eight of the Team National Indoor Championships, a first in school history. Both Bek and Wong were named to the All-ACC team, and each will be named a doubles All-American. Bek also garners singles All-America honors, becoming the first six-time All-American in Clemson women’s tennis history.