April 17, 2011
BLACKSBURG, VA – Lucas Oliveira defeated Clemson’s Zachary Rigsby 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 at number-five singles in clinching the match and leading 37th-ranked Virginia Tech to a 4-3 victory over Clemson in an Atlantic Coast Conference men’s tennis match at Blacksburg, VA Sunday afternoon.
Virginia Tech is now 13-10 overall and 5-6 in the ACC. Clemson is now 15-11 overall and 2-9 in league play. The Tigers are ranked 62nd nationally.
Clemson won the doubles point when Yannick Maden and Zachary Rigsby upset #43 Pedro Graber and Will Beck 8-6 at number one doubles.
Beck evened the score at 1-1, as he defeated Gerardo Meza at number-four singles, 6-4, 6-2. However, Yannick Maden put the Tigers back up 2-1 with a 6-0, 6-4 victory over Patrick Daciek at number-two singles.
The score was tied again, 2-2 when Graber defeated the Tigers’ Kevin Galloway, 6-2, 6-4, in the number-three spot. Luke Somen, ranked 53rd nationally gave the Hokies a 3-2 lead when he defeated Derek DiFazio at number-one singles 7-5, 6-1.
Clemson’s freshman Cal Hilsman knotted the score at three with a 6-4, 1-6, 6-3, victory over Corrado Degl-Incerti Tocci at the number-six match. Oliveira then clinched the victory for the Hokies as he was victorious over Rigsby at number-five singles.
The Tigers have now completed the regular season and will head to Cary, N.C., next weekend for the 2011 ACC Championships. Coverage of the championships, taking place from April 21-24, will be available on the ACC Championship Central webpage at: http://www.theacc.com/championships/11-tennis-championship.html.
“We came out strong in doubles and put ourselves in position to win again today,” said Clemson Head Coach Chuck McCuen. “We needed one of the guys who lost the first set to hang in better and extend the match. After losing first sets it is vital to come out fighting for the second and look to turn the match around. That is the difference between 3-4 and 4-3.”
“The team as a whole competed hard today and the doubles continues to become a strength for the Tigers.
“It is always disappointing for the team and coaches to come up short after competing at a high level,” said McCuen.
“We will watch film, review our notes and learn from today’s effort.”
“What is encouraging about this team is that they have the desire to improve and do whatever it takes to push through to the highest levels of the NCAAs. We continue to show progress and we are now looking forward to the ACC championships this coming weekend in Cary NC.” We look forward to the Tiger Nation coming out to Cary and supporting the tennis programs,” said McCuen.
#37 Virginia Tech 4, #62 Clemson 3
Singles 1. #53 Luka Somen (VT) d. Derek DiFazio (CU) 7-5, 6-1 2. Yannick Maden (CU) d. Patrick Daciek (VT) 6-0, 6-4 3. Pedro Graber (VT) d. Kevin Galloway (CU) 6-2, 6-4 4. Will Beck (VT) d. Gerardo Meza (CU) 6-4, 6-2 5. Lucas Oliveira (VT) d. Zachary Rigsby (CU) 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 6. Cal Hilsman (CU) d. Corrado Degl-Incerti Tocci (VT) 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 Order of finish: 4, 2, 3, 1, 6, 5*
Doubles 1. Y. Maden/Rigsby (CU) d. #43 Graber/Beck (VT) 8-6 2. Somen/Oliveira (VT) d. DiFazio/Robert Pietrucha (CU) 8-5 3. Dominique Maden/Juan Bolona (CU) d. Daciek/Tocci (VT) 8-6 Order of finish: 3, 2, 1*
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