CLEMSON, SC — The Clemson men’s tennis team (4-0) defeated the ETSU Bucs (0-3) and The Citadel (1-5) with two 7-0 sweeps to their Winning streak continue to four. The day was marked by a career win on Line 1 for Matt Pitts and a double for brothers M. Pitts and Tim Pitts.
“We had an extraordinary day,” said head coach Robbie Weiss. “To go 14-0 on that day and not lose a set, that’s something the lads should be very proud of. I’m so happy with their focus, determination and level of play. It was a long day and the boys stayed solid for both games, getting stronger as the day went on. We have a fantastic culture and you can feel how close the team is and how hard they play for each other. I’m so proud of them and can’t wait to fight South Alabama and Nebraska next weekend.”
Jorge Plans Gonzalez and Max Smith helped the Tigers get off to a great start in the doubleheader, defeating ETSU duo Lombisano/Britez 6-3. The Bucs secured a win on Court 2, but a 6-4 win by M. Pitts and Trey Stinchcomb on Court 3 gave the Tigers the double.
The momentum continued for the Tigers as each player won the first set while Plans Gonzalez won his first set 7-4 in a grueling tiebreak. After that, the Tigers never looked back and fought for the 7-0 win. Nini Dica continued to impress on Court 6, defeating his opponent before Ryuhei defeated ETSU’s Azuma Badra on Court 1. Stinchcomb and M. Pitts carried the momentum of their impressive doubles effort into the singles game, winning 6-3, 6-1 and 6-3, 6-3 victories. Spencer Whitaker won 6-3, 6-3 on Court 4 before Plans Gonzalez ended his match on Court 2 6-1 in the second set.
Later in the evening, Ethan Silva and Smith started game two strong with a dominant 6-1 win on Court 2, playing together for the first time this season. The Pitts brothers took care of business on Court 3 as they teamed up for the first time in their careers in a 6-1 win. Azuma and Whitaker then won on Court 1 for the double sweep.
Smith and Dica quickly defeated their opponents in singles in 4th and 5th place in dominant fashion before Silva and Stinchcomb in 6th and 3rd place won 6-1 6-3 and 6-3 6-3 respectively. M. Pitts won his first career match on Line 1, 6-3, 6-3, before Whitaker ended the night with a 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) win on Court 2 for a second 7-0 -Consecutive win ended .
The Tigers are back in action for two games at the Duckworth Family Tennis Facility next weekend. Clemson will face South Alabama on Friday, January 27 at 3:00 p.m. before taking on Nebraska on Sunday, January 29 at 12:00 p.m.
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