March 28, 2004
Durham, NC – The Clemson Men’s Tennis team fell to Duke on Sunday afternoon in Durham by a score of 5-2. The eighth-ranked Blue Devils won five-of-six singles matches to earn the Atlantic Coast Conference victory.
Clemson picked up the doubles point with wins at the numbers one and three slots. At the top position, Clemson’s duo of Nathan Thompson and Jarmaine Jenkins upset the third-ranked tandem of Ludovic Walter and Jason Zimmermann, 8-5. The Tigers secured the point when Ryan Young and Brett Twente downed Stephen Amritraj and Peter Rodrigues at number three, 8-5.
Duke then won five straight singles matches for the victory. After Jonathan Stokke’s straight set win over Young at number five tied the match at 1-1, Phillip King gave the Blue Devils a 2-1 advantage with a 6-1, 7-5 victory over Thompson at the top position. Walter then downed Jenkins, 6-2, 6-1, for a 3-1 lead and Zimmermann followed with the clinching triumph, a 6-1, 6-3 win over Ash Misquith.
The afternoon closed with Duke’s Christopher Brown defeating Clement Reix and Clemson’s Damiisa Robinson rallying from a 5-2 second set deficit to upend Rodrigues, 2-6, 7-5, 12-10.
Clemson falls to 16-10 overall this season, 1-4 in ACC action. The Tigers return to action on Wednesday when they play host to in-state rival South Carolina in a One Clemson, Solid Orange event.
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