April 2, 2009
CLEMSON, SC – The Clemson men’s tennis team will play at Boston College on Friday and at Maryland on Sunday in Atlantic Coast Conference action this weekend. The Tigers are ranked 68th nationally according to the latest ITA rankings. Clemson has a 9-10 record overall, and a 1-6 mark in the ACC.
Boston College has a 13-8 record overall, and a 0-7 mark in the ACC. The Eagles are ranked for the first time this season in the latest ITA poll as Boston College is 71st in the rankings.
Maryland has a 7-9 record overall, and a 1-6 ledger in the ACC. The Terrapins have been ranked in the 70s this year in the ITA poll but were not ranked in the latest listing.
Clemson and Boston College will be meeting for the eighth time on the tennis courts. The Tigers lead the overall series 6-1. The series began in 1940 as the Tigers defeated the Eagles 7-0 at Clemson, SC on March 28 that season. It was almost three month after the two teams met on the football field in the 1940 Cotton Bowl that the Tigers won 6-3. The next season, Clemson won over Boston College 9-0 at Tigertown on April 15, 1941. The series was renewed 64 years later in the 2005 season. The Tigers won the match at Boston 4-3, on February 12, 2005. The Tigers won again in 2006. The two teams met twice during the 2007 season, and Clemson claimed both victories. In 2008, Boston College won 4-3 over the Tigers in Clemson.
This will be the 56th meeting between Clemson and Maryland on the tennis courts. Clemson leads the overall series 41-14. The series started in 1954.
The 2009 season marks the 100th year of men¹s tennis at Tigertown. Clemson first sponsored men’s tennis in 1910 when two Tiger tennis players entered the annual state tournament. The first dual match was played in the 1921 season as the Tigers defeated Wofford 2-0 on April 28, in Spartanburg, SC.
Next weekend, the Tigers will play host to North Carolina on Friday, April 10, and to Duke on Sunday, April 12. These two matches will be the last two contests of the regular season before the annual ACC Tournament on April 16-19 at Cary, NC.
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