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Apr 17, 2019

Tigers Open ACC Championships with Win vs. Boston College Wednesday

CARY, N.C. – The Clemson men’s tennis team opened the 2019 ACC Championships with a 4-2 victory over Boston College in the first round of the tournament on Wednesday morning in Cary, N.C. The win was the first for the Tiger men’s tennis program in the ACC Championships in four years, when the team knocked off Louisville in the first round on April 23, 2015. With the win, the Tigers improved to 10-16 on the season, while the Eagles finish the season at 7-17.

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“I’m proud of our guys for competing hard today," said Head Coach John Boetsch. "Jacob fought back from multiple match points down, and Mike did a great job of staying composed in the third set. Tomorrow, it will be key to start the doubles match with more energy. We got going and finished strong today, but tomorrow, we need to be mentally and emotionally ready from the very first point.”

Freshman Teodor Giusca and sophomore Yizhou Liu opened doubles play with a 6-4 victory at No. 1, and junior Pierre-Louis Dodens and freshman Jacob Jahn clinched the point, coming from behind to win 7-5 on Court 2. With the win, Dodens and Jahn improved to 10-4 on the season as a doubles duo.

Boston College won the first two singles matches, at No. 4 singles by retirement and then at No. 1. Trailing 1-2, Clemson made its comeback, winning the next three singles matches in a row to claim the 4-2 win. First, Giusca won 7-6(6), 6-2 at No. 3, followed by Jahn, with a three-set comeback victory, 0-6, 7-5, 6-2 at No. 6. Rookie Mike Agee clinched the victory, winning 7-5, 6-7(5), 6-3 at No. 5 singles to send the Tigers to Thursday’s ACC Championships Second Round.


  • With their win at No. 2 doubles, Dodens and Jahn improved to 10-4 in dual doubles matches on the season.
  • All three of the Tigers singles victories against the Eagles on Wednesday were by freshmen. Giusca at No. 3, Agee at No. 5 and Jahn at No. 6 earned all three singles points to clinch the Clemson win.

Clemson, the tournament’s No. 12 seed, faces No. 5-seeded Miami in the second round of the ACC Championships on Thursday, April 18 at 9 a.m. at the Cary Tennis Park in Cary, N.C.