CLEMSON, South Carolina - No. 20 Clemson rallied from an early deficit with five singles victories to trim UNCW, 5-2, in the first meeting between the two schools in men's tennis Saturday at the Hoke Sloan Tennis Center.

The Tigers hiked their record to 11-2 on the season with the triumph. The Seahawks had a two-match winning streak snapped and stand 8-4.

UNCW started quickly on Saturday by winning the doubles point. After UNCW's No. 1 team of Kosta Blank and Chris Cooprider fell to Clemson's Dominique Maden and Yannick Maden, 8-2, the Seahawks won at both No. 2 and No. 3 to secure the doubles point.

Rafael Aita and Sam Williams defeated Austin Ansari and Zachary Rigsby, 8-5, at No. 2 to bring the Seahawks even in doubles and Santtu Leskinen and Kaue Pereira edged Hunter Harrington and Gerardo Meza, 8-6, at No. 3 to clinch the point.

Yannick Maden, ranked 57th by the ITA, upset Aita, 6-2, 6-4, at the top of the lineup to tie the score at 1-all before Rigsby topped Pereira, 6-2, 6-4, at No. 5 for a 2-1 advantage.

However, Blank evened the score at 2-all by dominating Dominique Maden, 6-1, 6-3, at No. 4 singles, setting up a tight finish.

The Tigers then closed out the match with wins at No. 6 and No. 3 singles. Ansari outlasted Zach Hublitz, 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 at the No. 6 slot and Harrington clinched the match by winning a three-setter over Williams, 7-5, 2-6, 6-4, at No. 3 singles.

The Seahawks open a string of three consecutive home matches on Thursday with a 2 p.m. match against Yale.