CLEMSON, SC April 5, 2013 – Ninth-ranked Duke defeated #19 Clemson 7-0 in a men’s Atlantic Coast Conference tennis match at Clemson, SC Friday afternoon.
With the victory, Duke improves its record to 17-4 overall and 5-1 in league play. Clemson falls to 14-4 overall this season, and 3-2 in the ACC.
In doubles, the nation’s top-ranked doubles team of Henrique Cunha and Raphael Hemmeler of Duke defeated Clemson’s Yannick Maden and Dominique Maden 8-3. The Maden brothers are ranked 17th nationally.
Clemson’s number-three doubles team of Hunter Harrington Gerardo Meza defeated Fred Saba and Daniel McCall 8-2.
Duke doubles team of Jason Tahir and MichaelRedlicki defeated Zachary Rigsby and Ayrton Wibowo 8-4 at number-two doubles to claim the doubles point. Tahir and Redlicki are ranked 14th nationally as a doubles team.
At number-one singles, fifth-ranked Henriue Cunha of Duke defeated 26th-ranked Yannick Maden 6-4, 6-3. Duke won the other five singles matches giving the Blue Devils the 7-0 ACC victory.
“We played a great team today,” said Clemson Head Coach Chuck McCuen. We knew they were an outstanding team coming into today’s match. I thought Gerardo Meza did a good job today and competed well. Austin Ansari, our freshman competed well today. He doesn’t like to loose. Austin is a verydisciplined player, and I am impressed with his play and attitude.
“In doubles, our number-three doubles team of Hunter Harrington and Meza executed well. I thought they played with a lot of energy. Meza is a quiet leader there is no excuses with him. He comes to work everyday and has improved over the course of the season,” said McCuen.
“We got beat by a better Duke team today. Hopefully we will grow in this defeat. We must get ready for a dangerous North Carolina team coming to play us Sunday. They started out in the top 20 this year and have played a hard schedule. North Carolina not being ranked is very misleading. I have a lot of respect for their program. We will work hard tomorrow to get ready for them,” said McCuen.
Clemson will play host to North Carolina on Sunday at 11:00 a.m. at the Hoke Sloan Tennis Center on the Tigers’ campus.
#9 Duke 7, #19 Clemson 0
1. #5 Henriue Cunha (D) d. #26 Yannick Maden (CU) 6-4, 6-3
2. #25 Fred Saba (D) d. Hunter Harrington (CU) 6-4, 6-3
3. #56 Michael Redicki (D) d. Gerardo Meza (CU) 6-4, 6-4
4. #89 Chris Mengel (D) d. Dominique Maden (CU) 7-6 (7-5) 6-1
5. #73 Raphael Hemmeler (D) d. Zachary Rigsby (CU) 6-1, 6-0
6. Jason Tahir (D) d. Austin Ansari (CU) 6-4 7-6 (8-6)
Order of Finish: 5, 2, 3, 1, 4, 6
1. #1 Cunha/Hemmeler (D) d. #17 Y. Maden/D. Maden (CU) 8-3
2. #14 Tahir/Redicki (D) d. Rigsby/Wibowo (CU) 8-4
3. Harrington/Meza (CU) d. Saba/McCall (D) 8-2
Order of Finish: 3, 1, 2