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Feb 15, 2019

Clemson Wins Doubles Point, but Falls 4-3 to South Carolina in Columbia Friday

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The Clemson men’s tennis team claimed the doubles point, but the Gamecocks’ three top-125 singles players proved to be too much, as the Tigers dropped a close 4-3 decision on the road in Columbia on Friday afternoon. With the loss, Clemson dropped to 6-3 on the season, while South Carolina, receiving votes in the ITA’s most recent top-25 poll, improved to 7-1.

The Tigers’ duo of junior Pierre-Louis Dodens and freshman Jacob Jahn gave Clemson the early edge with a 6-3 win at No. 2 doubles. With the win, the pair remained undefeated on the season, improving to 4-0. Clemson freshman Teodor Giusca and junior Carlos Kelaidis clinched the doubles point with a 7-5 victory on Court 3 to give the Tigers the 1-0 lead in the team score. Junior Simon Baudry and sophomore Yizhou Liu held a 5-4 lead at No. 1 when doubles play was abandoned.

In singles play, the Gamecocks claimed wins at No. 1 and 3 to take a 2-1 lead, before Jahn evened the score at 2-2 with a 6-0, 6-4 victory at No. 6 singles. The win was the third in a row for the rookie from Mount Pleasant, S.C. South Carolina claimed wins at No. 4 and 5 singles to clinch the victory, before the match concluded with a three-set victory for Baudry at No. 2 singles, who defeated the Gamecocks’ Yancy Dennis, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4.

“I am proud of our team’s effort and loved the fight we brought," said Head Coach John Boetsch. "We keep getting better each day and the consistent, focused work is paying off. We took the lead in doubles and closed it out, then kept the pressure on in three of the singles matches, and just need to be willing to throw the last punch. I love the progress these guys are making and how they are staying connected as a team.”

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The Tigers remain on the road, traveling to Atlanta for a Sunday, Feb. 17 match at Georgia State. Due to Sunday’s weather forecast, the match will be played at 3:30 p.m. at Life Time Athletic (at 6350 Courtside Drive NW) in Peachtree Corners, Ga. NOTE: This is a time and location change from the original schedule, and is due to the threat of inclement weather.

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