Clemson Edges Wolfpack in Men's Tennis, 4-3
April 5, 2004
RALEIGH, N.C. - NC State lost 4-3 at home to the Clemson Tigers on Sunday, April 4. The match, held on the Varsity Courts in windy, cold conditions, was a tightly contested affair that saw the doubles point come down to a single break, and three singles wins by the Wolfpack after dropping the first set.
Conor Taylor, ranked 72nd in the country, improved to 4-3 at No. 1 singles in the ACC, defeating Nathan Thompson, who was No. 31 in the country in January, at No. 1 singles. Taylor fell in the first set 7-6, and was up 5-3 in the tiebreak before falling. He rallied for a tough 7-5 win in the second set, and the pair battled in a third set tiebreak before Taylor won 12-10 to take the match. Taylor defeated reigning ACC Player of the Year Mat Cloer of Florida State and Nicholas Monroe of North Carolina, two of the top-20 players in the country earlier this season.
Clemson, who was ranked as high as 24th this season and was 50th just two weeks ago, was able to defeat NC State by taking the doubles point and three of the six singles matches.
At No. 3 singles, Will Shaw was strong, defeating Jarmaine Jenkins in three sets, 6-7, 6-3, 7-6 for the win. Shaw rebounded after losing to Jenkins at No. 3 singles last year in Clemson, S.C.
The Wolfpack would pick up its third point as senior leader Jon Davis won at No. 5 singles. Davis lost the first set 6-4 to Damiisa Robinson, and was trailing 5-3 in the second set. He kept NC State in the match though, winning three straight games to force a third set with a 7-5 triumph. Davis was again strong in the third set, powering past Robinson with a 6-4 third set win.
The doubles point was a hotly contest battle, as No. 1 and No. 2 doubles were won 8-6 by Clemson. The Wolfpack duo of Banada and Noblitt won at No. 3, improving to 3-0 on the season as a doubles team.
The Wolfpack will host William & Mary
Clemson 4, NC State 3