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Clemson Men’s Tennis Defeats North Carolina

April 10, 1999

CLEMSON, S.C. — The Tigers remained undefeated in ACC play as they defeated the Tar Heels of North Carolina 5-2, this afternoon March 10, in mens’ intercollegiate tennis at the Hoke Sloan Tennis Center.

The win was the 500th career victory for Clemson’s Head Coach Chuck Kriese, who is now in his 24th season at Clemson. With the win over North Carolina, Kriese became only the 14th coach in collegiate tennis history to reach the 500 win plateau. Kriese currently has a 500-286 career record during his 24 years of coaching.

Clemson is 18-8 on the year, 5-0 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Tar Heels have a 10-11 record overall and a 2-3 mark in the ACC.

This was the 52nd meeting between Clemson and North Carolina on the tennis courts. The Tar Heels lead the overall series 33-19.

After the Tar Heels started with wins at both the number one and number two singles matches, the Tigers finished strong by reeling off wins in the last four singles matches and sweeping all three doubles matches to secure the milestone for Kriese. Tiger Luis Garcia picked up a three set victory over Tar Heel Bjorn Rencken, 6-3, 3-6, 7-5. He would later team up with Ryan Bauer at the number two doubles spot to defeat the tandum of Remi Adamek and Assaf Drori of North Carolina, 9-7. Drori won a point for North Carolina when he beat Pablo Bellagamba at number two singles, 7-5, 6-1.

Clemson returns to action tomorrow, Sunday March 11, when they will play host to undefeated and third ranked Duke with the start time set for 1:00 p.m. at the Hoke Slaon Tennis Center. North Carolina will also be in action tomorrow when they travel to Georgia Tech for a 1:00 p.m. start time.


Saturday March 10, 1999 at the Hoke Sloan Tennis Center

Singles: 1. Grass (UNC) d. Bauer (CU), 7-5, 6-2 2. Drori (UNC) d. Bellagamba (CU), 7-5, 6-1 3. Goffi (CU) d. Cheatwood (UNC), 6-3, 7-6 4. Boniecki (CU), d. Breziner (UNC), 7-6, 6-0 5. Garcia (CU) d. Rencken (UNC), 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 6. Emendorfer (CU) d. Riley (UNC), 6-2, 6-3

Doubles: 1. Goffi/Bellagamba (CU) d. Elix/Grass (UNC), 8-4 2. Garcia/Bauer (CU) d. Adamek/Drori (UNC), 9-7 3. Emendorfer/Gojanovic (CU) d. Cheatwood/Rencken (UNC), 9-8