PRINCETON, N.J. – Despite wins by Simon Baudry and Yizhou Liu and a very tightly-contested doubles point, the Clemson men’s tennis team dropped a hard-fought 5-2 road match to Princeton on Friday evening on the road in Princeton, N.J. With the loss, Clemson dropped to 4-2 on the season, while Princeton improved to 5-1.
Junior Pierre-Louis Dodens and freshman Jacob Jahn came out quickly in doubles play, winning their match at No. 2, 6-3. The matches at No. 1 and No. 3 doubles were both close, however Princeton was able to claim both by scores of 7-5 to earn the doubles point and take a crucial 1-0 lead in the team score.
The Ivy League Tigers took a 3-0 lead in the match with wins at No. 6 and No. 1 singles, in that order, before the ACC Tigers cut the lead to 3-2 with wins at No. 2 and No. 4. Junior Simon Baudry, ranked 100th nationally in singles play, earned a 6-2, 7-5 win at No. 2, followed by sophomore Yizhou Liu, who claimed a 7-5, 6-3 win on Court 4. The final two singles matches, Carlos Kelaidis at No. 3 and Dodens at No. 5, went to three sets with Princeton finishing on top in both, resulting in the 5-2 final team score.
HEAD COACH JOHN BOETSCH QUOTE“I was proud of our team tonight. We competed hard and took a step forward. What we learned from this match will help us moving forward. Congratulations to Princeton on a hard-fought win.”
UP NEXTThe Clemson team heads to West Point, N.Y. for a Sunday, Feb. 10 doubleheader. The Tigers face Binghamton at 10 a.m. and Army at 4 p.m. on the Black Knights’ campus.