March 25, 2004
Clemson, SC – The Clemson Men’s Tennis team looks to even its Atlantic Coast Conference Record with its second straight league victory as it plays host to 14th-ranked Virginia on Friday afternoon at 2 p.m. at the Hoke Sloan Tennis Center. The match, originally scheduled for 5 p.m. has been rescheduled to meet Virginia’s travel arrangements.
Clemson is currently 16-8 on the season, and 1-2 in the ACC. Last week, Clemson defeated Maryland 7-0 for its first ACC victory of the season. The Tigers followed up the win with another victory when they downed Northern Arizona 6-1. Later on their west coast trip, Clemson fell to 26th-ranked Arizona State and 25th-ranked Arizona. Each of Clemson’s eight losses has come against teams ranked 47th in the nation or higher.
The Tigers are led by senior Goran Sterijovski and freshman Ryan Young. The pair has teamed up for an 11-3 record in doubles action this season. They have currently won four straight matches and eight of their last ten.
Virginia is ranked No. 14 in the nation according to the latest poll released by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. Virginia is currently 15-1 on the season, and leads the ACC with a 4-0 record. The Cavaliers are led by Doug Stewart who is ranked 21st in the nation according to the ITA poll. Sophomores Nick Meythaler and Rylan Rizza are ranked as the No. 14 doubles team in the nation.
Clemson is under the leadership of head coach Chuck Kriese in his 29th season. Kriese holds a 581-364 record, and is ranked as the sixth winningest active coach in NCAA Division I. The two-time National Coach-of-the-Year has led the Tigers to 20 NCAA Tournament appearances.
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