April 16, 2000
RALEIGH, N.C. – Clemson defeated NC State 6-1 in men’s tennis action on Sunday. The match, which was held at the Wolfpack Tennis Complex, marked the end of the regular season for both squads. The victory raised the No. 37 Tigers overall record to 16-15 and 5-3 in the conference while the Pack falls to 10-15 on the year and 1-7 in ACC action.
The triumph marks the 133 time in conference play that Clemson Head Coach Chuck Kriese has notched a victory, which set a new ACC mark. North Carolina’s legendary coach Don Skakle, who guided the Tar Heels from 1959-80, had the previous high with 132 wins. In Kriese’s 25 seasons at the helm of the Tigers, he has logged 519 overall career victories, which is also an ACC high.
Against the Wolfpack, Clemson won all three doubles matches and five out of six singles matches. The only singles loss for the Tigers came at the number-one position as #42 Josh Goffi was upset by Eric Jackson in straight sets 6-3, 7-6.
The ACC Tournament, which will be held in Norcross, Ga. this season, is up next for both squads. NC State has clinched the eighth seed in the tournament and will face Maryland, the ninth seed, in Thursday’s play-in match.. The Pack’s only conference victory came on April 9, when the host Terps fell to NC State in a weather shortened match, 4-0. The winner of that 10:00 am affair, will advance to face the top seeded Duke Blue Devils on Friday. Duke, who is currently ranked sixth in the nation, completed its conference schedule with a perfect 8-0 record. While Clemson’s opponent is not clear yet, they have clinched the third seed. They will face the sixth seed in Friday’s action.
CLEMSON 6, NC STATE 1 Singles No. 1 Eric Jackson (NC State) d. #42 Josh Goffi, 6-3, 7-6 No. 2 #53 Tomasz Boniecki (CU) d. Keith Salmon, 6-3, 6-3 No. 3 Luis Garcia (CU) d. Devang Desai, 6-4, 6-3 No. 4 Micah Thompson (CU) d. Ryan Boward, 7-5, 4-6, 6-4 No. 5 Marko Gojanovic (CU) d. Biran Cowman, 6-0, 6-3 No. 6 Eric Cohn (CU) d. Jeff Smith, 7-6, 6-4 Doubles No. 1 #15 Goffi-Darren Knight (CU) d. Jackson/Salmon, 8-3 No. 2 #49 Boniecki-Gojanovic (CU) d. Cowman/Kilgore, 8-5 No. 3 Cohn/Sandon Barth (CU) d. Dg. Desai/Boward, 8-5
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