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Boetsch Opens Head Coaching Campaign Saturday

Boetsch Opens Head Coaching Campaign Saturday


Who: Clemson (0-0) vs. Georgia Southern (0-0) & The Citadel (0-0)

When: Saturday, Jan. 14 at 9 a.m. & 6 p.m.

Where: Clemson, S.C. (Clemson Indoor Tennis Center & Hoke Sloan Tennis Center)

CLEMSON, S.C. –  The Clemson men’s tennis team opens the 2017 season under newly appointed Head Coach John Boetsch on Saturday with a doubleheader against Georgia Southern and The Citadel. Also new to the staff this year is Assistant Coach and former Clemson tennis star Ryan Young.

After an up and down year for the Tigers in 2016 and an early exit from the ACC Tournament, this year’s team is loaded with experience and believe they can get back to the NCAA Tournament. Clemson also looks to the experience of Alabama transfer and five-star recruit Sam Edwards. The Tigers and Eagles of Georgia Southern open the season at 9 a.m. then the Tigers face The Citadel at 6 p.m. on Saturday. The Georgia Southern match is set to be played indoors, and the Citadel match will be played on the outdoor courts depending on the weather.

Periodic updates will also be available on Twitter, @ClemsonMTennis.

Scouting Georgia Southern

  • Finished the 2016 season with a 15-8 overall record and a 1-2 record in the Sun Belt Conference.
  • Fell in the first round of the Sun Belt Tournament to South Alabama, 2-4.
  • The Eagles return junior Artemie Amari after recording a team-high 15 singles wins in 2016, and a team-high 14 doubles wins.
  • Head Coach Sander Koning enters his third season with a 21-19 overall record.
  • Koning competed at Clemson at the No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles position. He was a two-time All-ACC Player (2003, 2005).

Scouting The Citadel

  • The Citadel Bulldogs finished the 2016 season with a 9-29 overall record and 0-7 in the SoCon.
  • The Bulldogs fell in the first round of the SoCon Tournament to No. 55 East Tennessee State, 0-4.
  • Artermie Amari returns for his junior season after leading the team with most singles wins for the second straight season. He also posted a team-high 14 doubles victories.
  • Head Coach Chuck Kriese coach at Clemson from 1975-2008. He is the winningest coach in ACC history with 685, led the Tigers to 10 ACC titles and seven berths in the Elite Eight. His accomplishments at Clemson earned him four national coach of the year honors.