#23 Clemson Defeats #24 Auburn 6-1
CLEMSON, SC - #23 Clemson won its 10th match of the year as the Tigers defeated #24 Auburn 6-1 in a men’s intercollegiate tennis match at Clemson, SC Sunday afternoon.
With the victory, Clemson is now 10-1 on the year, while Auburn falls to 9-2 this season. This is the second top-25 team that the Tigers have defeated this year. Clemson won over 10th-ranked Mississippi 4-2 on January 26. Clemson is off to its best start since the 2010 team won the first 15 matches of that season.
After winning the doubles point, the Tigers took a 2-0 victory when Robert Dudley defeated Auburn’s Oliver Plaskett 6-3, 6-4. Dudley is 8-3 on the year, and 5-0 in dual matches.
Austin Ansari of Clemson won in straights sets in his upset win over 85th-ranked Dante Saleh at number four singles 6-4, 6-4. Ansari is now 9-4 overall in singles this season and 7-1 in dual matches.
Alejandro Augusto clinched the match for Clemson as he upset #112-ranked Daniel Cochrane at number-thee singles 6-3, 6-2. Augusto is 8-5 overall in singles, 5-1 in dual matches.
Luke Johnson defeated Auburn’s Petar Tomic 6-5, 6-3 at number five singles, giving Clemson a 5-0 advantage. Johnson is 10-3 overall and 8-0 in dual-match play.
At number-one singles, 67th-ranked Hunter Harrington of Clemson won over Lukas Ollert 6-4, 5-6, 1-0 (10-6). Harrington is 13-5 overall and 6-2 in dual matches this year. Auburn won at number-two singles as Dennis Lengsfeld defeated Dominique Maden 6-1, 5-6, 6-3.
"Our goal today was to get a little better with our fundamentals and get a little better with our competitive energy,” said Clemson Associate Head Coach John Boetsch. “I think we did that. I think today at the ends of sets we were fundamentally solid and I think our competitive energy was there at the ends of sets. We had a lot of guys play well in their spots and do the things we've been working on in practice.
"We're excited about the performance but it was a lot closer of a match than that,” said Boetsch. “Auburn's a well-coached team, a good team and today I think we just had some good matchups on the court and it was good to capitalize on those."
“It was good to see our 3-6 players perform well today,” said Boetsch. “I was excited for our three through six guys and the way they stayed focused and the way they executed late in sets. I think that's good for Hunter (Harrington) and Dom (Maden) to see and to take a little pressure off them as we move through the season.
"The guys are working hard,” said Boetsch. “There's a lot of accountability every day and they're really responding to that. They're doing a really good job in practice and I think when you do that, and channel focus like that you're putting yourself in a good position to have days like today or to have starts like this. It's a long season to go and sure, we'll take our battle scars, but it's an exciting start.
"I think the consistency in practice has been key. That's what Coach (Chuck) McCuen and I have been stressing to the team, being really consistent. Our Strength Coach Cody Miller and his staff have really helped us this year with our consistency and staying focused.”
Clemson will participate in the Blue/Gray Classic in Montgomery, AL on February 21-23 in the Tigers’ next action.
Clemson 6, Auburn 1
1. 67th Hunter Harrington (CU) d. Lukas Ollert (AU) 6-4, 5-6, 1-0 (10-6)
2. Dennis Lengsfeld (AU) d. Dominique Maden (CU) 1-6, 6-5, 6-3
3. Alejandro Augusto (CU) d. 112th Daniel Cochrane (AU) 6-3, 6-2
4. Austin Ansari (CU) d. 85th Dane Saleh (AU) 6-4, 6-4
5. Luke Johnson (CU) d. Petar Tomic (AU) 6-5, 6-3
6. Robert Dudley (CU) d. Oliver Plaskett (AU) 6-3, 6-4
Order of Finish: 6, 4, 3, 5, 1, 2
1. Harrington/ Maden (CU) d. Ollert/Lengsfeld (AU) 6-2
2. Augusto/Dudley (CU) vs. Cochrane/Plaskett (AU) Unfinished
3. Ansari/Johnson (CU) d. Saleh/Tomic (AU) 6-2
Order of Finish: 1, 3