North Carolina Defeats Clemson 4-3

North Carolina Defeats Clemson 4-3

April 10, 2009

CLEMSON, SC–Andrew Crone defeated Gera Boryachinskiy at number three singles 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 in clinching the match and giving North Carolina a 4-3 win over Clemson in an Atlantic Coast Conference men’s tennis match at Clemson, SC Friday afternoon. With inclement weather in the area, the match was played indoors at the Hoke Sloan Tennis center.

With the win, the Tar Heels improve to 15-8 overall and 4-6 in the ACC. The Tar Heels are ranked 36th nationally by the ITA. Clemson falls to 11-11 overall this season and 3-6 in the ACC. The Tigers are ranked 59th in the latest ITA poll.

The Tar Heels won the team point in doubles play to start the match. At number one doubles the doubles team of Clay Donato and Taylor Fogleman defeated Boryachinskiy and Ike Belk 8-0. Donato and Fogleman are ranked 27th nationally as a doubles team by the ITA.

In singles, the Tigers tied the match score 1-1 as Clemson’s Belk defeated Brennan Boyajian 6-2, 6-0. From there, the Tar Heels won the top three positions to claim the match. Fogleman, ranked 53rd nationally as a singles player, won over the Tigers’ Rok Bizjak at number two singles 6-4, 6-4.

Donato, ranked 35th nationally in singles, won over #115-ranked Carlos Alvarez at number one singles 6-7, 6-1, 6-2. This match gave the Tar Heels a 3-1 advantage in the team score.

Crone defeated Boryachinskiy of Clemson to clinch the match for the Tar Heel as North Carolina took a 4-1 lead in the match.

Clemson won the final two matches of the day. The Tigers’ Kevin Galloway defeated Zach Hunter 6-1, 6-1 at number six singles and Kevin Fleck won over Luke Mjjica of North Carolina 1-6, 7-6, 7-6 at number five singles.

“This was another close lose for us this season,” said Clemson Head Coach Chuck McCuen. “This year, this team has grown from these tough losses. What they learn from each match they carry it over to the next practice and the next match. We simply won’t go way. What they learn they apply to the next practice or competition. I am very impressed with our team. They fight hard and are willing to keep learning. They do not get discouraged.”

Clemson will play host to Duke on Sunday. Match time is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. Duke currently has a 13-7 record overall and a 6-4 ledger in league play. The Blue Devils are ranked 30th nationally and defeated Georgia Tech 4-3 Friday afternoon.

This will be the 66th meeting between the Tigers and Duke on the tennis courts. The Blue Devils lead the overall series 34-31. The Tigers lead the series in matches played at Clemson 15-12. The two schools first met in men’s tennis in the 1956 season.

The 2009 season marks the 100th year of men’s tennis at Tigertown. Clemson first sponsored men’s tennis in 1910 when two Tiger tennis players entered the annual state tournament. The first dual match was played in the 1921 season as the Tigers defeated Wofford 2-0 on April 28, in Spartanburg, SC.

#36 North Carolina 4, #59 Clemson 3

1. #27 Clay Donato/Taylor Fogleman (NC) d. Gera Boryachinskiy/Ike Belk (CU) 8-0 2. Rok Bizjak/Wes Moran (CU) d. Andrew Crone/Alex Rafiee (NC) 8-3 3. Brennan Boyajian/Zach Hunter (NC) Carlos Alvarez/Kevin Fleck (CU) 8-3 Order of finish: 1, 3, 2

1. #35 Clay Donato (NC) d. #115 Carlos Alvarez (CU) 6-7, 6-1, 6-2 2. #53 Taylor Fogleman (NC) d. Rok Bizjak (CU) 6-4, 6-4 3. Andrew Crone (NC) d. Gera Boryachinskiy (CU) 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 4. Ike Belk (CU) d. Brennan Boyajian (NC) 6-2, 6-0 5. Kevin Fleck (CU) d. Luke Mojica (NC) 1-6, 7-6, 7-6 6. Kevin Galloway (CU) d. Zach Hunter (NC) 6-1, 6-1 Order of finish: 4, 2, 1, 3, 6, 5