No. 20 Clemson Tops No. 22 Georgia Tech Wednesday
Clemson claimed the doubles point and singles matches on courts one through five en route to the victory.
Liz Jeukeng and Beatrice Gumulya improved to 5-0 together, as they won 8-2 at flight three double to give Clemson the advantage. The Jackets stung back with an 8-4 win on court two over Ani Miao and Romy Koelzer, sending the decision to court one.
Koroleva and Dewar clinched the doubles point in a dramatic match on court one against Kendal Woodard and Megan Kurey. The Tech tandem took an early 3-0 lead before Koroleva and Dewar battled back to even the match at 5-5. The Tigers would take a 7-6 lead, with Dewar serving for the match. Tech forced several deuces, and eventually broke the Tiger duo to make it 7-7, and held to go up 8-7. Koroleva held, sending the match to a tiebreaker, which Clemson won, 7-4. The match took nearly 90 minutes to complete.
Koroleva took the momentum into singles play, as she took down No. 62 Elizabeth Kilborn, 6-0, 6-2 at flight one. Koroleva, who is ranked 26th nationally, is now 8-2 in her last ten matches, and 9-4 overall. Six of her wins have come against nationally-ranked players.
No. 49 Liz Jeukeng was next to finish, showing her first career ranking had merit with a 6-2, 6-3 win against Woodard on court two. Jeukeng now holds a 5-1 record in her young career.
Koelzer was the match-clincher, earning a 6-3, 6-4 win on court four over Alex Anghelscu as she won her 11th match of the season.
Beatrice Gumulya, sporting a career-best ranking of 57th nationally, found herself in a battle on court three as she tried to win for the sixth straight time. She split the first two sets with Megan Kurey, setting up a tense third. Both players held serve until with the match tied, 5-5, Gumulya earned a break to go up, 6-5. Kurey broke back to force the tiebreaker, which Gumulya hung on to win, 7-1.
Ani Miao followed with a straight-set victory on court five over Muriel Wacker to improve to 8-3 on the year.
Clemson plays next at No. 2 Florida and No. 5 Stanford in Gainesville, FL on Feb. 22-23.
Clemson vs. Georgia Tech
Feb. 13, 2013 - Clemson Indoor Tennis Center
1. Dewar/Koroleva (CU) def. Kurey/Woodard (GT), 9-8(4)
2. Kilborn/Anghelescu (GT) def. Koelzer/Miao (CU), 8-4
3. Gumulya/Jeukeng (CU) def. Wacker/Prokhnevska (GT). 8-2
Order of finish: 3,2,1
1. #26 Yana Koroleva (CU) def. #62 Elizabeth Kilborn (GT), 6-0, 6-2
2. #49 Liz Jeukeng (CU) def. Kendal Woodard (GT), 6-2, 6-3
3. #57 Beatrice Gumulya (CU) Megan Kaurey (GT), 4-6, 6-1, 7-6 (
4. Romy Koelzer (CU) def. Alex Anghelescu (GT), 6-3, 6-4
5. Ani Miao (CU) def. Muriel Wacker (GT),6-3, 6-0
6. Natasha Prokhnevska (GT) def. Tristen Dewar (CU), 6-3, 7-5
Order of Finish: 1,2,4,3,5,6