CLEMSON, SC - Jon Ho defeated Zachary Rigsby at number-five singles in clinching the match and giving #25 Wake Forest a 4-3 victory over #24 Clemson in an Atlantic Coast Conference men's tennis match at Clemson, SC Sunday afternoon.
With the victory, Wake Forest improves to 18-8 overall and 7-3 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Clemson falls to 17-6 overall and 6-4 in league play. Today's match is the last regular-season match for both teams. Clemson and Wake Forest will both participate in the Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Tennis Tournament at Cary, NC beginning this Thursday.
Clemson won the doubles point as the Tigers' #15-ranked team of Yannick and Dominique Maden defeated #39 David Hopkins and Amogh Prabhakar 8-4 at number-one doubles.
Wake Forest tied the score, 1-1 as #110 Adam Lee defeated Clemson's Gerardo Meza 6-4, 6-4 at number-four singles. Hunter Harrington gave the Tigers a 2-1 advantage as he defeated Amogh Prabhakar 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 at the number-two match.
The Demon Deacons won the next three matches as Danny Kreyman won over Dominique Maden 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (3) at number-three singles. Anthony Delcore defeated Clemson's Austin Ansari 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 at number-six singles, giving Wake Forest a 3-2 advantage. The clinching match was at number-five singles as Jon Ho won over Rigsby 6-7, 2-6, 6-4 to give Wake Forest a 4-2 lead.
Number-one singles was the last match off the court today as #24 Yannick Maden defeated Hopkins of Wake Forest 7-6, 6-7, 6-2.
"We thought that this was going to be a close match," said Clemson Head Coach Chuck McCuen. "Wake Forest is ranked right behind us, and we thought it was going to be 4-3 either way. They are a well-coached team. I thought a key point in the match was when Dominique was up 3-0 in the third set and for whatever reason, he was not able to close out the third set. I thought the momentum swung in Wake Forest's direction at that point. This put pressure on the other guys. I thought it showed tremendous leadership that Yannick, even though the match had been won by Wake Forest, closed out his match and came away with a victory at number-one singles over a very good player.
"Its always hard to play the last home match. We have four seniors and they have been big to our program. Even though they are leaving our program, the future is bright for them," said McCuen.
#25 Wake Forest 4, #24 Clemson 3
1. #24 Yannick Maden (CU) d. David Hopkins (WF) 7-6 (4), 6-7 (4), 6-2
2. Hunter Harrington (CU) d. #74 Amogh Prabhakar (WF) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
3. Danny Kreyman (WF) d. Dominique Maden (CU) 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (3)
4. #110 Adam Lee (WF) d. Gerardo Meza (CU) 6-4, 6-4
*5. Jon Ho (WF) d. Zachary Rigsby (CU) 6-7, 6-2, 6-4
6. Anthony Delcore (WF) d. Austin Ansari (CU) 4-6, 6-4, 6-3
Order of Finish: 4, 2, 3, 6, 5, 1
1. #15 D. Maden/Y. Maden (CU) d. #39 Hopkins/Prabhakar (WF) 8-4
2. Kreyman/Lee (WF) d. Rigsby/Ayrton Wibowo (CU) 8-5
3. Harrington/Meza (CU) d. Ho/Sam Bloom (WF) 8-6
Order of Finish: 3, 2, 1