Clemson, S.C. — The pair of Jacob Jahn and Ryuhei Azuma earned their first ranked win in doubles as the Tigers topped Old Dominion, 6-1, on Sunday afternoon. The doubles decision came down to Court 1 where Jahn/Azuma topped No. 25 Maldoner/Vidal, 6-3. Spencer Whitaker and Teodor Giusca (6-4) helped to secure the doubles point for Clemson, finishing first at line three.
The Monarchs evened the score at one-all with a victory at No. 6 singles but the Tigers surged back with five-straight wins. Jorge Plans Gonzalez quickly picked up a 6-1, 6-2 decision over Nicola Vidal on Court 3. Azuma followed closely behind, taking line four, 6-2, 6-4, while Whitaker delivered the match-clincher on Court 5, 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-1). Additionally, Giusca downed Maldoner, 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (8-6) at line one and Yizhou Liu battled back to defeat Tomislav Podvinski, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4).
“It was a good win for us today against a tough Old Dominion team,” said Head Coach Robbie Weiss. “We had to regroup today after our loss to USF yesterday. The boy’s responded well and picked up the doubles point which was key. Ryuhei and Jacob beat a ranked team at No/ 1 which was a good step for us. I am proud of the way we competed this weekend but we still have work to do. Without playing matches for almost a year, it was nice to get in two good matches this weekend and want to thank USF, Old Dominion and Auburn for coming to Clemson to compete.”
The Tigers return to the court on Jan. 31 when they host College of Charleston and The Citadel at noon and 5 p.m., respectively.