The Clemson women's tennis team will test itself against two familiar post-season rivals on Friday and Saturday, when coach Nancy Harris' team plays fourth-ranked Florida and 13th-ranked Stanford at the Alfred A. Ring Tennis Complex in Gainesville, Fla.
The Tigers, 3-2 this season and ranked 18th nationally, will face the Gators (4-1) on Friday at 3 p.m., and then will go against Stanford (3-1) at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday.
The two matches include 12 of the top 121 and seven of the top 50 singles players in the nation, all but guaranteeing a high level of tennis throughout the weekend. Stanford and Florida have combined to win each of the last three NCAA titles. In two of those seasons, Clemson has played against the eventual National Champion in the Sweet 16.
In 2010, Stanford downed Clemson, 4-0, in Athens, GA on their way to the title. In 2011, Clemson fell, 4-1, to Florida in Stanford, CA.
Live scoring is available for the matches.
Clemson has already played four of their five matches this season against teams ranked among the top-25 nationally, and two of the top 10 teams.
Playing at the top of the lineup for the Tigers will be current ACC-Player-of-the-Week, Yana Koroleva, who is ranked 26th in the nation after starting 9-4 with wins over six ranked players. Liz Jeukeng is also listed at No. 49 nationally, as the freshman is 3-1 against ranked players this spring.
Another key for Clemson will be the play of No. 57 Beatrice Gumulya. Gumulya has won 22 of her last 23 matches, and is a team-best 11-1 this season and 27-7 in her career.
Ranked Singles Players:
#4 Lauren Embree, UF
#9 Sofie Oyen, UF
#10 Krista Hardebeck, STAN
#26 Yana Koroleva, CLEM
#33 Ellen Tsay, STAN
#44 Danielle Collins, UF
#49 Liz Jeukeng, CLEM
#57 Beatrice Gumulya, CLEM
#68 Kristie Ahn, STAN
#98 Stacey Tan, STAN
#116 Alex Cercone, UF
#121 Caroline Hitimana, UF
Ranked Doubles Teams:
#54 Embree/Collins, UF