No. 20 Tiger women's tennis breezes past No. 22 GT in ACC opener

Clemson will next play back-to-back matches against No. 1 Florida, No. 5 Stanford

Women's Tennis - Ann-Liz Jeukeng

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Women's Tennis - Ann-Liz Jeukeng

The 20th-ranked Clemson women’s tennis team downed No. 22 Georgia Tech, 6-1, on Wednesday at the Clemson Indoor Tennis Center. Clemson (3-2, 1-0 ACC) won for the 99th time in ACC play under head coach Nancy Harris, and improved to 27-9 against the Yellow Jackets (2-3, 0-1 ACC) all-time.

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 v. Georgia Tech

Feb. 13, 2013 - Clemson Indoor Tennis Center

Doubles:

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

Singles:

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) def. 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

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