April 7, 2002
Durham, NC- 13th-ranked Duke won the doubles point and five out the six singles matches to defeat Clemson 6-1 in men’s tennis action on Sunday afternoon in Durham, NC. The Blue Devils improved to 12-9 overall and 6-0 in the league while the Tigers fell to 10-15 overall and 2-5 in conference play. The win marked Duke’s 47th consecutive victory in ACC regular season action dating back to the 1996 season.
Duke earned the doubles point with wins at the one and three positions. Clemson’s duo of Marko Gojanovic and Sander Koning made it interesting, however, with their 8-5 win at number two doubles. The Tigers pulled within 2-1 on Koning’s 6-1, 6-2 win over nationally ranked Jason Zimmerman at number three singles before Duke’s Peter Shults won at number six for a 3-1 Duke advantage. With his win, the freshman Koning continued his impressive play and pushed his overall singles record to 23-6 and his ACC record to 5-1 on the year. Joel Spicher clinched the match for Duke with a 6-1, 6-2 victory at number four singles.
Clemson will next be in action on Friday when they travel to Raleigh to take on NC State. The Tigers will then return home to host Miami on Saturday afternoon at 2:00PM at the Hoke Sloan Tennis Center.
DUKE 6, CLEMSON 1
SINGLES 1. #11 Phillip King (Duke) def. Goran Sterijovski, 6-2, 6-0 2. #58 Michael Yani (Duke) def. Damiisa Robinson, 6-3, 6-4 3. Sander Koning (Clemson) def. #103 Jason Zimmerman, 6-1, 6-2 4. Joel Spicher (Duke) def. Marko Gojanovic, 6-1, 6-2 5. Yorke Allen (Duke) def. Micah Thompson, 7-6, 6-2 6. Peter Shults (Duke) def. Nathan Thompson, 6-2, 6-2
DOUBLES 1. #23 King & Yani (Duke) def. Sterijovski & Robinson, 9-8 2. Gojanovic & Koning (Clemson) def. Spicher & Shults, 8-5 3. Alex Bose & Zimmerman (Duke) def. M. Thompson & N. Thompson, 8-6
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