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Clemson Defeats Maryland 4-3

Clemson Defeats Maryland 4-3

April 5, 2009

CLEMSON, SC – Rok Bizjak defeated Andrew Orban at number two singles 7-5, 6-3 in the last match on the courts as the Tigers defeated Maryland 4-3 in a men’s Atlantic Coast Conference tennis match at College Park, MD Sunday afternoon.

With the win, the Tigers improve to 11-10 overall, and 3-6 in the ACC. The Tigers are ranked 68th nationally according to the latest ITA rankings. Maryland falls to 7-11 overall, and a 1-8 in the ACC.

Today’s match was the 56th meeting between Clemson and Maryland on the tennis courts. Clemson now leads the overall series 42-14. The series was started in 1954. Clemson has lost to Maryland only one time since the 1977 season. Also, the Tigers have not lost to the Terrapins in College Park, MD since 1977, a string of 16 consecutive victories.

“We had a very successful road trip with wins over Maryland and Boston College this weekend,” said Clemson Head Coach Rok Bizjak played well today as he clinched the match. He fought hard, and he continues to play well. Carlos Alvarez also had a big win at number one singles. Gera Boryachinskiy played singles for the first time in several days. Hopefully he will be back in full swing and ready to go.”

The Tigers will play two ACC home matches this weekend. Clemson will play host to North Carolina on Friday, April 10 at 2:30 p.m. and Duke on Sunday, April 12 at 1:00 p.m.

The 2009 season marks the 100th year of men’s tennis at Tigertown. Clemson first sponsored men’s tennis in 1910 when two Tiger tennis players entered the annual state tournament. The first dual match was played in the 1921 season as the Tigers defeated Wofford 2-0 on April 28, in Spartanburg, SC.

Clemson 4, Maryland 3

Singles 1. Carlos Alvarez (CU) d. David Kwom (M) 6-3 6-3 2. Rok Bizjak (CU) d. Andrew Orban (M) 7-5, 6-3 3. Nickolai Nielsen (M) d. Gera Boryachinskiy (CU) 6-1, 6-2 4. Mathias Sarrazin (M) d. Ike Belk (CU) 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 5. Boris Fetbroyt (M) d. Kevin Fleck (CU) 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 6. Kevin Galloway (CU) d. Roshan Potarazu (M) 6-3, 6-3

Doubles 1. Orban-Fetbroyt (M) d. Belk-Boryachinskiy (CU) 8-5 2. Bizak-Moran (CU) d. Kwom-Pataraz (M) 8-3 3. Alvarez-Fleck (CU) d. Nielsen-Sarrazin (M) 8-5

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