CLEMSON, S.C. – The Clemson men’s tennis team lost a 5-2 decision to No. 12 Florida State on Friday, March 2 in a match that was played at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga. With the loss, the Tigers drop to 6-2 (1-1 ACC), while the Seminoles improve to 15-1 (1-0 ACC).
Clemson won the doubles point, with the French duo of Alex Favrot and Simon Baudry defeating the 14th ranked team in the country 7-5 at No. 1 doubles. Sam Edwards and Yizhou Liu clinched the doubles point with a 6-3 win over the 35th ranked doubles team of Dougaz and Iradukunda. Marshall Dagostine and Carlos Kelaidis did not finish but were tied 5-5 against the Whitehurst brothers, who are ranked 52nd.
Florida State took a 2-1 lead after taking the No. 3 and No. 6 singles match point. Favrot battled back to tie the match at 2-2 after being down 1-5 in the third set to defeated Guy Iradukunda, who is ranked 12th in the nation, 6-4, 1-6, 7-6. The Seminoles battled back to take the final three points at No. 2, 4 and 5 singles, in that order.
The Tigers return to action on Sunday, March 4 for a home match against Miami at the AU Tennis Center in Anderson, S.C. First serve against the Hurricanes is set for 2:30 p.m.
Head Coach John Boetsch Quotes
Credit to Florida State University, they brought great energy as a team and are No. 12 for a reason. We took another step forward as a team today. We played the best doubles point so far this year, and Alex Favrotpicked up a big win over the No. 12 player in the nation. That is one of the best comebacks I have seen in college tennis, being down 1-5 in the third. We are excited to get back out there Sunday against Miami!
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