ATLANTA, Ga. – The Clemson men’s tennis team fell to the #32 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on Friday night at the Ken Byers Tennis Complex by a score of 6-1. The match against the Yellow Jackets was the second ACC loss for the Tigers. The Tigers fall to 11-8 overall and 2-2 in the ACC with the loss, while the Yellow Jackets improve to 11-4 (4-1 ACC).
“All the credit to a good Georgia Tech team and its coaches today in Atlanta. Our team came out and continued to play solid doubles. In singles however, the positive energy and self talk we have brought to the courts this last month with our play was not there,” said Head Coach Chuck McCuen. “I know we will rebound and learn from today’s match, and look forward to our next opportunity on Sunday against Wake Forest in North Carolina.”
Clemson earned its hardest fought doubles point of the year on Friday night over Georgia Tech. All three matches would go to a tiebreak before Alex Favrot and Luke Johnson got the first win for the Tigers at No. 1, 7-6(4). Austin Ansari and Arturo Pinazo fell shortly after to the nations 63rd ranked doubles team, 7-6(5). Robert Dudley and Daffra Sanon clinched the doubles point for the Tigers at No.3, winning 7-6(7), their 8th straight win as doubles partners.
In singles play, Georgia Tech swept all six matches in straight sets. Freshman Alex Favrot faced the #15 singles player in the country, Christopher Eubanks, falling 6-1, 6-2. Luke Johnson was battling for two sets before falling to his Georgia Tech counterpart at No. 3, 6-3, 6-4. The Yellow Jackets clinched the match after winning on court five over Dudley, 6-3, 6-4.
Clemson returns to the courts on Sunday, March 20 when the Tigers travel to Wake Forest to take on the #10 Demon Deacons. The match is set for a 1 p.m. start. For live scoring updates, follow http://www.wakeforestsports.com/livestats/m-tennis/xlive.htm. Periodic updates will also be available via Twitter, @ClemsonMTennis
Clemson 1, #32 Georgia Tech 6
Singles1. #15 Chris Eubanks (GT) def. Alex Favrot (CU) 6-1, 6-2 2. Carlos Benito (GT) def. Luke Johnson (CU) 6-3, 6-4 3. Andrew Li (GT) def. Daffra Sanon (CU) 6-3, 6-44. Cole Fiegel (GT) def. Austin Ansari (CU) 6-2, 6-25. Michael Kay (GT) def. Robert Dudley (CU) 6-3, 6-46. Nathan Rakitt (GT) def. Christian Harris (CU) 6-1, 6-2Order of finish: 1,6,4,5*,2,3
Doubles1. #77 Luke Johnson/Alex Favrot (CU) def. Christopher Eubanks/Carlos Benito (GT) 7-6(4)2. #65 Michael Kay/Casey Kay (GT) def. Austin Ansari/Arturo Pinazo (CU) 7-6(5)3. Robert Dudley/Daffra Sanon (CU) def. Nathan Rakitt/Elijah Melendez (GT) 7-6(7)Order of finish: 1,2,3*
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