Women’s tennis makes Sweet 16 as only tourney team without an upperclassman
By Steven Bradley
URBANA, Ill. — Nancy Harris said her 2013 Clemson team was the youngest she has coached in more than 20 years in the business, and it was certainly the youngest to make the Sweet 16 of this year’s NCAA Women’s Tennis Championships.
That’s because it was the youngest in the tournament to begin with.
The only squad without an upperclassman on its roster in the entire 64-team field, the Tigers advanced through the regional rounds and quickly seized a 2-0 lead on No. 4 national seed Georgia by virtue of winning the doubles point and then Yana Koroleva’s 6-2, 6-0 demolition of sixth-ranked Lauren Herring before the Bulldogs rallied to stave off the upset, 4-2.
“When the going got really tough, Georgia did a beautiful job of making us play,” Harris said. “When you’re young and things get really tight, you’ll tend to overplay. And I think we did that today. We’d have the lead, and then we thought we had to do something special, instead of just continuing to break them down.” [Read more...]