HANOVER, N.H. – The Clemson men’s tennis team fell to Dartmouth on the road in Hanover, N.H. on Friday night at The Boss Tennis Center. The loss dropped the Tigers to 1-2 while the Big Green improved to 3-0 to start the season.
“Dartmouth played with a lot of grit tonight. They are a hardworking team that came out ready to compete, and credit goes to the coaches and players,” said Head Coach Chuck McCuen. “We played solid in spots, with Daffra Sanon playing a very complete match. Alex Favrot was the last match on and competed at a very high level. We will continue to evaluate our lineup to find the right combination. We all look forward to getting right back at it tomorrow versus a good Penn State team.”
Dartmouth earned the early edge against the Tigers, gaining the doubles point. Austin Ansari and Christian Harris fell 6-4 at number three doubles against their Dartmouth counterparts. Robert Dudley and Luke Johnson traded blows with Dartmouth on court one, but came up short, losing 6-4. On court two, Alex Favrot and Daffra Sanon continued to battle in a tight match, ultimately dropping the match in a tiebreak 6-5(8-6).
Dartmouth picked up the first three points in singles play, with wins at court one, four and five, to clinch the team victory. Sanon, who won his first set 6-4, claimed his second set 6-3 on court three to claim the lone point for Clemson. Favrot was closely matched on court two, taking set one into a tiebreak before coming up just short, 7-6(4), 7-5.
Clemson looks to bounce back when it faces Penn State on Saturday. The match will begin at 2:30 p.m. at the Boss Tennis Center in New Hampshire. In-match updates will be available on Twitter @ClemsonMTennis.
Clemson 1, Dartmouth 6
1. #18 Dovydas Sakinis (DART) def. Luke Johnson (CU) 6-1, 6-3 2. Ciro Riccardi (DART) def. Alex Favrot (CU) 7-6 (7-4), 7-5 3. Daffra Sanon (CU) def. Brendan Tannenbaum (DART) 6-4, 6-3 4. Max Fliegner (DART) def. Austin Ansari (CU) 6-3, 6-4 5. George Wall (DART) def. Arturo Pinazo (CU) 6-4, 6-4 6. Eddi Grabill (DART) def. Robert Dudley (CU) 6-2, 7-5 Order of finish: 1, 4, 5, 3, 6, 2
1. Dovydas Saikins/Brendan Tannenbaum (DART) def. Luke Johnson/Robert Dudley (CU) 6-4 2. Roko Glasnovic /Max Schmidt (DART) def. Alex Favrot/Daffra Sanon (CU) 6-5 (8-6) 3. Max Fliegner/George Wall (DART) def. Austin Ansari/Christian Harris (CU) 6-4 Order of finish: 3, 1, 2
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