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Mar 03, 2019

Clemson Battles for Exciting 4-3 ACC Win Over Georgia Tech Sunday

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CLEMSON, S.C. – The Tigers won the doubles point, and Jacob Jahn, Pierre-Louis Dodens and Simon Baudry earned singles victories as the Clemson men’s tennis team defeated Georgia Tech by a score of 4-3 on Sunday afternoon at the Duckworth Family Tennis Facility in Clemson, S.C. With the win, the Tigers improved to 8-6 (1-2 ACC), while the Yellow Jackets fell to 6-6 (1-2 ACC) with the loss.

Teodor Giusca and Matteo Vialmin won a quick 6-2 contest to open doubles play for the Tigers. Pierre-Louis Dodens and Jacob Jahn clinched the doubles point on Court 2, defeating their Yellow Jacket opponents by a score of 6-4. Simon Baudry and Yizhou Liu were up 2-0 in a tiebreak at No. 1 doubles when play was abandoned.

After clinching the doubles point, Jahn and Dodens carried their momentum into singles play, each defeating their Georgia Tech opponent in straight sets. Jahn picked up a 6-3, 6-4 win at No. 6 singles, while Dodens earned his first win over a ranked opponent, downing 106th-ranked Cole Gromley, 6-0, 6-4. The Yellow Jackets came back, winning at No. 3, No. 4 and No. 1 singles, in that order, to tie the team score at 3-3 and leave the result of the match to Baudry on Court 2. The junior from Bordeaux, France rose to the occasion. After a 6-1 win in the first set, followed by trading points in the second set, Baudry broke his opponent’s serve in the final game to win 7-5 and claim the conference win for the Tigers.

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“I was pleased with the progress we made this week in our training and matches," said Head Coach John Boetsch. "It was great to be back on our home courts and WHAT A CROWD tonight! Special thanks to all who came out to support us!”


  • Junior and Arizona State transfer Pierre-Louis Dodens’ 6-0, 6-4 win over 106th-ranked Cole Gromley on Sunday marked the Geneva, Switzerland native’s first singles win over a ranked opponent as a Clemson Tiger.
  • Dodens won two singles matches on the weekend to improve to 8-4 in 2019. The eight dual singles wins are most on the Clemson team.
  • Junior Simon Baudry’s win at No. 2 singles over the Yellow Jackets clinched the team victory for the Tigers, their first in ACC play in 2019. Baudry is now 7-4 in dual matches, and has played every match at either No. 1 or No. 2 singles in 2019.
  • Playing No. 1 singles for the first time this season against Georgia Tech, sophomore Yizhou Liu had a difficult task, facing 36th-ranked Carlos Divar. Liu played a great first set, battling back-and-forth against the highly-ranked Yellow Jacket in the first set before falling 6-4.
  • Freshman Jacob Jahn picked up the first ACC win of his young career on Sunday with the 6-3, 6-4 victory at No. 6 singles. With the win, the rookie from Mount Pleasant, S.C. improved to 5-2 on the season.
  • Dodens and Jahn continued their success in doubles play on Sunday, as their win over Georgia Tech at No. 2 singles brought their record to 7-1 on the season.
  • Freshmen Teodor Giusca and Matteo Vialmin are now 2-0 as a doubles duo in 2019. Vialmin saw his first action of the season against South Carolina State on March 1, and in just two collegiate matches, has a 2-0 record in doubles play and a 1-1 record in singles play.

Clemson heads to the northeast for two nonconference road matches next week. On Friday, March 8, the Tigers face Cornell in Ithaca, N.Y., and on Sunday, March 10, they face 27th-ranked Penn in Philadelphia, Pa.