@ClemsonWTennis Opens ACC Play with 6-1 Win at Virginia Tech
Final Score: #11 Clemson 6, #47 Virginia Tech 1
Records: CU: 8-3, 1-0 ACC; VT: 7-3, 0-1 ACC
Clinching Point: Romy Koelzer (court 3)
Updated Series Record (trend): Clemson 16-3 (W11)
Next Match: Clemson vs NC State; Friday, 2:30 p.m.; Clemson, SC
BLACKSBURG, VA - The 11th-ranked Clemson women’s tennis team opened ACC play with a convincing 6-1 win over Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA on Sunday afternoon. Clemson improves to 8-3 on the season overall, while the 47th-ranked Hokies are now 7-3, and 0-1 in league play.
Clemson charged out of the gate, earning the doubles point handily, and the first five singles decisions of the day. The Tigers showed few ill-effects from Friday’s loss at home to Harvard in bouncing back to win their fourth match in the last five outings, all against top-50 competition.
The Tigers continued their hot streak in doubles play, winning two sets and leading the last. Yana Koroleva and Beatrice Gumulya, the 55th-ranked duo in the nation, won on court one by a convincing score of 8-1. Ani Miao and Jessy Rompies followed suit on court three. The duo also won their match 8-1 and improve to 5-1 together on the season. Tristen Dewar and Romy Koelzer led 7-2, but the match was left unfinished. The Tigers have claimed the doubles point in 10 of 11 matches this season.
Jessy Rompies, playing on court six, opened singles play with a decisive 6-2, 6-2 victory over Sansitha Nandakumar. Tristen Dewar won her match, despite falling in the first set. She fought back to win the second set 6-2 and the tiebreaker 10-2. For both Rompies and Dewar, their victories put them on a four match winning streak, currently a team high.
At the first flight, Yana Koroleva improved to 7-3 in dual match play, defeating 90th-ranked Francesca Fusinato 7-5, 6-3. For Koroleva,
Ani Miao and Romy Koelzer also won in straight sets. Miao had a 6-2, 6-1 victory while Koelzer, ranked 54th in the nation, won easily 6-3, 6-3. Each rebounded nicely from Friday’s match against Harvard when both lost.
The only loss on the day came in the second flight. For the second straight match, Beatrice Gumulya dropped a three-set heartbreaker. After losing the first set, Gumulya battled back to win the second 6-2, forcing the decisive third set. This was the closest of the three, and at one point it was deadlocked at 5-5 but Illinca Stoica of Virginia Tech won the final two games to win 7-5.
Clemson returns to action this weekend with a pair of home matches. On Friday, the Tigers host North Carolina State at 2:30 pm. Sunday, Clemson will tangle with Wake Forest at 12 pm. All matches are free to the general public.
Tennis Match Results
Clemson vs Virginia Tech
2/23/2014 at Blacksburg, Va.
(Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center)
#11 Clemson 6, #47 Virginia Tech 1
1. #40 Yana Koroleva (CU) def. #90 Francesca Fusinato (VT) 7-5, 6-3
2. Ilinca Stoica (VT) def. #90 Beatrice Gumulya (CU) 6-1, 2-6, 7-5
3. #54 Romy Koelzer (CU) def. Kelly Williford (VT) 6-3, 6-3
4. #85 Tristen Dewar (CU) def. Isel Martinez-Marcos (VT) 4-6, 6-2, 1-0 (10-2)
5. Yuilynn Miao (CU) def. Raluca Mita (VT) 6-2, 6-1
6. Jessy Rompies (CU) def. Sansitha Nandakumar (VT) 6-2, 6-2
Clemson 8-3; National ranking #11
Virginia Tech 7-3; National ranking #47
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (6,5,3,1,4,2)