May 13, 2006
CHAPEL HILL, NC–Clemson won four singles matches in the 24th-ranked Tigers’ 4-1 win over South Carolina in the first round of the NCAA Men’s Tennis Tournament at Chapel Hill, NC Saturday afternoon. With the win, Clemson improves to 23-9 overall, while South Carolina finishes its season with a 14-15 record this season. Clemson is ranked 24th nationally, while South Carolina is ranked 42nd.
Clemson will play 11th-ranked North Carolina in the second round in Chapel Hill, NC on Sunday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. The Tar Heels defeated S.C. State 4-0 in the earlier match. North Carolina defeated Clemson 4-3 on March 25th at Chapel Hill, NC earlier this season.
This is the second time Clemson has defeated South Carolina this season. The Tigers have won three of the last four matches against the Gamecocks in the series.
After losing the doubles point, Clemson evened the score at 1-1 as Ryan Young defeated Yevgeny Supeko of South Carolina 6-1, 6-1. Clemson’s Sander Koning defeated Jamie Cuellar 6-1, 6-2 at number two singles to take a 2-1 lead in the match.
Brett Twente defeated Adam Adler of South Carolina 6-2, 6-2 at number six singles to give Clemson a 3-1 advantage.
Clint Boling won over Dmitry Babenko 6-2, 6-4 to clinch the match for Clemson at number five singles. The match took one hour and fifty minutes.
1. Eklund-Rodrigues (SC) d. Jenkins/Reix (CU) 8-2
2. Cuellar-Supeko (SC) d. Koning-Young (CU) 8-2
3. Konenke-Twente (CU) vs. Adler-Babenko (SC) DNF
1. Clement Reix (CU) vs. Tom Eklund (SC) DNF
2. Sander Koning (CU) d. Jamie Cuellar (SC) 6-1, 6-2
3. Jarmaine Jenkins (CU) vs. Pedro Rodrigues (SC) DNF
4. Ryan Young (CU) d. Yevgeny Supeko (SC) 6-1, 6-1
5. Clint Boling (CU) d. Dmitry Babenko (SC) 6-2, 6-4
6. Brett Twente (CU) d. Adam Adler (SC) 6-2, 6-2
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