CLEMSON, SC - The 15th-ranked Clemson women’s tennis team took down Boston College, 6-1, on a breezy Sunday afternoon at the Hoke Sloan Tennis Center. Clemson won its fifth straight match overall, and improved to 9-5 on the season and 4-1 in the ACC. Clemson improved their all-time mark to 8-0 against the Eagles (7-5, 1-4 ACC).
Next up, the Tigers are heading into arguably the most challenging weekend of the season, playing at No. 1 North Carolina and at No. 7 Duke on back-to-back days next weekend.
Clemson went with a new doubles lineup, and it paid off as the Tigers won on all three courts. Koroleva and Gumulya won 8-5 on court one in their first action together since the fall. On court two, Liz Jeukeng and Romy Koelzer played together for the second time this season,and won 8-5 to improve to 1-1. On court three, Tristen Dewar and Ani Miao played together for the first time ever, an 8-6 win.
In singles play, No. 49 Beatrice Gumulya improved to 17-4 with her 6-3, 6-0 win over Kelly Barry on court three. The Tiger sophomore is now 28-4 in her last 32 matches.
She was followed shortly after by No. 16 Yana Koroleva, who extended her winning streak to seven in a row with her 6-3, 6-2 win over Jessica Wacnik. Koroleva improved to 10-3 at flight one, 5-0 in the ACC, and 16-6 overall this season.
Tristen Dewar clinched the match with her win on court six, a 6-3, 6-3 win over Katya Vasilyev. It was her fifth straight win, and she improved to 3-2 in ACC play.
Romy Koelzer pulled out her match in three sets after taking the first and dropping the second set. Her 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 win was her 16th of the season as she improved to 4-1 in conference play.
One of the finest efforts of the day game from No. 42 Liz Jeukeng, who dropped her first set and trailed, 5-2 in the second set against BC senior Alex Kelleher. The Tiger freshman battled back with three straight games, including two breaks, to tie the set at 5-5. Kelleher then broke Jeukeng before the Tiger freshman broke back to force a tiebreaker.
Jeukeng won the tiebreaker, 7-2 to force a third set, and won the super-tiebreak third set, 10-5. Jeukeng improved to 12-3 overall.
Clemson has just six matches left in the regular season before playing in the ACC Tournament in Cary, NC on April 25-28.
Tennis Match Results
Boston College vs Clemson
Mar 31, 2013 at Clemson, SC
(Hoke Sloan Tennis Center)
#15 Clemson 6, Boston College 1
1. #16 Yana Koroleva (CU) def. Jessica Wacnik (BC) 6-3, 6-2
2. #42 Liz Jeukeng (CU) def. Alex Kelleher (BC) 4-6, 7-6 (7-2), 1-0 (10-5)
3. #49 Beatrice Gumulya (CU) def. Kelly Barry (BC) 6-3, 6-0
4. Romy Koelzer (CU) def. Heini Salonen (BC) 6-3, 3-6, 6-4
5. Wan-Yi Sweeting (BC) def. Ani Miao (CU) 5-7, 6-2, 1-0 (10-6)
6. Tristen Dewar (CU) def. Katya Vasilyev (BC) 6-3, 6-3
Boston College 7-5, 1-4 ACC
Clemson 9-5, 4-1 ACC; National ranking #15
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (3,1,6,4,5,2)