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No. 13 Clemson Sneaks Past No. 6 Georgia Tech, 4-3

March 3, 2007

CLEMSON, S.C. – Federica van Adrichem fought off Amanda Craddock for a three-set victory at No. 4 singles to seal a 4-3 win for No. 13 Clemson (9-2, 1-0 ACC) against No. 6 Georgia Tech (8-4, 0-1 ACC) Saturday afternoon on the indoor courts of the Hoke Sloan Tennis Center on the campus of Clemson University.

With the score tied 1-1, Ani Mijacika, Estefania Balda and Adrichem won matches at the Nos. 2-4 singles matches to help the Tigers to their first win over the Yellow Jackets since 2004.

“We competed really well again today,” said Georgia Tech head coach Bryan Shelton. “We battled to the very end, but it wasn’t enough to get us over the top.

“It was an unbelievable atmosphere with the SWARM there today. They really helped to make the match a competitive one. Our fans were amazing, supporting us all afternoon, and my hat’s off to that group for the effort that they made to come out and the spirit that they brought for our team today.”

The Tigers began by fighting back for wins at the first and third doubles lines to take a 1-0 lead after the Clemson duo of Balda and Carol Salge lost, 8-3, to Craddock and Alison Silverio at the No. 2 doubles slot. Maria Brito and Alexandra Luc started the Clemson run with a 9-7 win over Tarryn Rudman and Kirsten Flower at the No. 3 position before 55th-ranked van Adrichem and Mijacika stopped Tech’s 18th-ranked duo of Kristi Miller and Whitney McCray, 8-6, to clinch the doubles point.

Tech’s 10th-ranked Miller tied the match at 1-1 with a quick, 6-2, 6-1 victory over Salge at the top singles slot, but No. 47 Mijacika won a 6-1, 7-5 match over No. 27 Christy Striplin, 84th-ranked Balda posted a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 victory against No. 41 Silverio, and No. 91 van Adrichem pulled out a 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 win over No. 45 Craddock to win the match for the Tigers.

No. 74 Amanda McDowell breezed to a 6-1, 6-2 win over Brito at No. 6 singles before 82nd-ranked Tarryn Rudman finished off the match with a 7-6, 2-6, 10-8 win against Ina Hadziselimovic at the fifth singles slot.

The Jackets will return to action next weekend when they travel to Maryland and Boston College to continue conference play. The Jackets and Terps will square off Friday at 3 p.m. before Tech meets BC Sunday at 12 noon.

Tennis Match Results Georgia Tech vs Clemson Mar 3, 2007 at Clemson, S.C.
#13 Clemson 4, #6 Georgia Tech 3
Singles competition 1. #10 Kristi Miller (GT) def. #44 Carol Salge (CU) 6-2, 6-1 2. #47 Ani Mijacika (CU) def. #27 Christy Striplin (GT) 6-1, 7-5 3. #84 Estefania Balda (CU) def. #41 Alison Silverio (GT) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 4. #91 Federica van Adrichem (CU) def. #45 Amanda Craddock (GT) 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 5. #82 Tarryn Rudman (GT) def. Ina Hadziselimovic (CU) 7-6, 2-6, 10-8 6. #74 Amanda McDowell (GT) def. Maria Brito (CU) 6-1, 6-2
Doubles competition 1. #55 Mijacika/van Adrichem (CU) def. #18 Miller/Whitney McCray (GT) 8-6 2. Craddock/Silverio (GT) def. Balda/Salge (CU) 8-3 3. #32 Brito/Alexandra Luc (CU) def. Rudman/Kirsten Flower (GT) 9-7
Match Notes: Georgia Tech 8-4; National ranking #6 Clemson 9-2; National ranking #13 Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (1,2,3,4,6,5)

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