Sept. 26, 1999
PIKESVILLE, Md. – Clemson’s doubles team of Josh Goffi and Darrin Knight finished runner up at the T. Rowe Price National Intercollegiate Clay Court Championships at the Suburban Club of Baltimore County. On Sunday the Tigers lost to Auburn’s Tiago Ruffoni and Steve Huss 7-6,6-7,6-1. Goffi and Knight entered this weekend’s tournament unranked, but that should change when the new ITA rankings come out in December.
In the first round played last Thursday Goffi, a junior from Mt. Pleasant, SC and Knight, a junior from Cleveland, TN, defeated Michigan State’s Ken Kigongo and Francisco Trinidad 6-3, 6-3. The Michigan State team was ranked 12th in the nation and seeded fourth in the tournament heading into this championship.
Clemson won two matches on Friday. In the second round, Clemson defeated Ed Dus and Rodrigo Echagary of Kansas, 6-4, 6-3. In the third round Clemson defeated David Hodge and Mark Williams of Baylor, 5-7, 6-2, 6-4. The Baylor team was ranked 36th in the nation in the ITA preseason national doubles poll.
In the semifinals, Clemson defeated Pawel Gajdzik and Johannes Michalsky of Baylor, 6-4, 6-3.
Clemson at National Intercollegiate Clay Court Championships at Pikesville, MD
Clemson’s Josh Goffi and Darrin Knight Match by Match
1st round: defeated #4 Ken Kigongo-Francisco Trinidad (Michigan State) 6-3, 6-32nd round: defeated Ed Dus and Rodrigo Echagary (Kansas) 6-4,6-33rd round: defeated David Hodge and Mark Williams (Baylor) 5-7, 6-2, 6-4Semifinals: defeated Pawel Gajdzik and Johannes Michalsky (Baylor) 6-4, 6-3Finals: lost to Tiago Ruffoni and Steve Huss (Auburn) 7-6,6-7,6-1.
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