COLUMBIA, S.C. – The Clemson men’s tennis team fell to the No. 23 South Carolina Gamecocks Friday night at the Carolina Tennis Center, 6-0. The Tigers fell to 8-6 overall with the loss, while the Gamecocks improve to 12-3. The Certified SC Grown Palmetto Series is now tied 7-7.
In doubles play the Tigers fell behind quickly after the Gamecocks were victorious on court three, 6-0. On court one, junior Alex Favrot and senior Arturo Pinazo found themselves down 1-3 before battling back to even the score at four but their comeback effort came up short, and the Gamecocks clinched the doubles point.
The Gamecocks took a 2-0 lead with a straight set victory by O’Keefe over Sanon at No. 2, 6-0, 6-3. South Carolina clinched the match after winning at No. 4 and No. 5 in straight sets. At No. 5 Pinazo fought back in the second set after dropping the first set before falling, 6-0, 7-6(5), giving the Gamecocks a 5-0 advantage. South Carolina finished the match with a win at No. 1, 7-5, 6-2.
Clemson returns to the courts and ACC play next Friday, March 17 against Florida State at 5 p.m. in Tallahassee, Fla.