CLEMSON, S.C. – The Clemson men’s tennis team fell to Elon 5-2 on Tuesday evening at the Duckworth Family Tennis Facility. It was the first loss of the season for the Tigers, who dropped to 4-1. The Phoenix improved to 3-1, with their only loss being a 4-3 decision to a top-30 Duke team earlier this season.
Elon won the doubles point, opening with a win on Court 2. At No. 3, the Tigers’ duo of Mike Agee and Pierre-Louis Dodens earned a 7-5 win to force No. 1 doubles to decide the point. The Phoenix’s top doubles duo edged Simon Baudry and Yizhou Liu in a close tiebreaker, 7-6(5).
The Phoenix won at No. 3 singles to take a 2-0 lead, before Teodor Giusca cut the score in half with a 6-3, 6-2 win at No. 2. Elon got the point back winning on Court 4, before Dodens made it 3-2, winning 6-3, 6-3 at No. 5 singles. The Phoenix went on to win at No. 6 and No. 1 to provide the final margin.
HEAD COACH JOHN BOETSCH QUOTE“Credit goes to Elon tonight. They competed extremely well and capitalized when they had opportunities. In doubles, we were up a break on all three courts, but couldn’t keep momentum on our side. That is something we are working through and will get better with. Pierre and Teo were very solid in singles and took care of business. As a team we will keep improving our body language and discipline. We look forward to having a good week of practice and bouncing back as we hit the road in February.”
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UP NEXTClemson hits the road next week to face three opponents, Princeton, Binghamton and Army. The Tigers meet Princeton on Friday, Feb. 8 at 5 p.m. in Princeton, N.J. On Sunday, Feb. 10, they face Binghamton at 10 a.m. and Army at 4 p.m. in a doubleheader at Army’s Lichtenberg Tennis Center in West Point, N.Y.