|Clemson Survives Late Surge By Seahawks|
CLEMSON, South Carolina – No. 24 Clemson won the doubles point and then claimed three singles victories to defeat No. 48 UNCW, 4-0, in men’s tennis early Saturday at the Hoke Sloan Tennis Center.
The Tigers raised their record to 9-1 on the season in only the second meeting between the two schools. UNCW fell to 1-3, but has played a challenging schedule that has featured No. 14 Florida, No. 35 Florida State and the No. 24 Tigers.
“The doubles point came down to the fact that they got to a better start than us,” said Mait DuBois, UNCW’s head coach. “They came out well and got up a break quickly. We handled it well, but it didn’t go our way.
“In singles, we had some momentum going late in the match and had our opportunities to come from behind at 3-0 to almost get it.”
The Tigers won the doubles point when the No. 3 team of Austin Ansari and Luke Johnson topped Christiaan Van der Burgh and Santtu Leskinen, 6-4, and the No. 2 tandem of Alejandro Augusto and Robert Dudley beat Pedro Mol and Kaue Pereira, 6-4.
Clemson increased the score to 2-0 on a 6-1, 6-2 victory by Johnson over Zach Hublitz at No. 5 singles and pushed the margin to 3-0 when Ansari stopped Leskinen, 6-2, 6-3, at No. 4.
Hunter Harrington clinched the match at the top of the lineup when he defeated No. 42 Rafael Aita, 6-4, 5-6, 6-2. Harrington is now 5-2 in dual matches this spring.
The Seahawks were leading in the third set in two of the other matches still on the court and tied in the breaker on another when the match was called.
In other matches this season, UNCW trimmed Appalachian State in its home opener on Jan. 19 and lost to No. 14 Florida and No. 35 Florida State in the ITA Kickoff Weekend in Gainesville, Fla.
After playing three consecutive road matches, the Seahawks return home to open a five-match homestand on Feb. 15 when Mercer visits the UNCW courts for a Noon test.