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Duke Downs Clemson in Men’s Tennis

March 25, 2001


Clemson, SC–3rd-ranked Duke swept singles and doubles competition to defeat 47th-ranked Clemson 7-0 in men’s tennis action on Sunday afternoon at the Hoke Sloan Tennis Center. Clemson falls to 3-14 overall and 0-3 in the ACC while Duke improves to 11-3 and 3-0 in league play.

All 14 of Clemson’s matches this season have been against nationally ranked opponents and the match against Duke marked the sixth time this season that the Tigers had faced a top-20 team.

Duke jumped out to an early lead on the Tigers by winning all three doubles matches and capturing the doubles point. At number-one doubles, Duke’s team of Ramsey Smith and Phillip King defeated Clemson’s Darren Knight and Brad Emendorfer by a score of 8-6. The match marked the first time this season that the pair of Knight and Emendorfer had played together in doubles competition.

Duke carried the momentum from doubles into singles competition where they won all six matches against the Tigers. At number-one singles, 9th-ranked King of Duke defeated Clemson’s Emendorfer in straight sets 6-1, 6-2. 7th-ranked Smith, 14th-ranked Marko Cerenko, 28th-ranked Andres Pedroso, Alex Bose, and Michael Yani also picked up singles wins for the Blue Devils. Clemson sophomore Damiisa Robinson and red-shirt freshman Kevin Gottfried each lost in tough three-set matches while competing in the number-four and number-six positions respectively.

Clemson’s next action will be on Wednesday, March 28 as the Tigers play host to 20th-ranked Alabama at 2:30 PM at the Hoke Sloan Tennis Center.

Duke 7, Clemson 0

Singles 1. Phillip King (DU) d. Brad Emendorfer (CU) 6-1, 6-2 2. Marko Cerenko (DU) d. Darren Knight (CU) 6-1, 6-3 3. Ramsey Smith (DU) d. Micah Thompson (CU) 6-1, 7-5 4. Andres Pedroso (DU) d. Damiisa Robinson (CU) 4-6, 6-1, 6-1 5. Alex Bose (DU) d. Lee Taylor Walker (CU) 6-4, 6-2 6. Michael Yani (DU) d. Kevin Gottfried (CU) 2-6, 6-3, 6-1

Doubles 1. Smith-King (DU) d. Knight-Emendorfer (CU) 8-6 2. Pedroso-Yani (DU) d. James Colhoun-Walker (CU) 8-1 3. Cerenko-Ted Rueger (DU) d. Micah Thompson-Jamin Thompson (CU) 8-3