Clemson, S.C. — Clemson (7-11, 1-8 ACC) took the doubles decision but ultimately dropped the match, 4-1, to No. 21 NC State (10-6, 7-2 ACC) on Sunday afternoon.
Carlos Kelaidis and Andrew Puscas won five-straight games on Court 3 in doubles before defeating their opponents, 6-2. No. 50 Teodor Giusca and Yizhou Liu battled back-and-forth with the 30th ranked pair, Alexis Galarneau and Robert Turzak, before pulling away to win, 7-5, to secure the doubles point for the Tigers.
In singles, the Wolfpack won three straight matches at lines four, three and two. At No. 5 Spencer Whitaker battled back from a four-game deficit in the second frame to tie the match at five-all. However, in a tie-break, the first-year fell, 7-9, to seal the Wolfpack win. Prior to the clinch, Andrew Puscas was within distance of tying his Court 6 match at one set apiece, finishing 6-7 (6-8), 5-1 and Yizhou Liu was in the midst of an exciting third set with No. 13 Alex Galarneau on center court before leaving the match unfinished at 1-6, 6-4, 2-3.
The Tigers enjoy an eleven-day hiatus before returning to the court on April 9 when they host Louisville at 5 p.m. at The Duckworth Family Tennis Facility.