TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Clemson men’s tennis team fell to Florida State on Friday night at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center, 6-1. With the loss, the Tigers slide to 8-7 (1-2 ACC), while the No. 28 Seminoles improve to 11-4 (1-1 ACC).
The Seminoles took the doubles point over the Tigers with wins on courts one and two. Junior Sam Edwards and senior Daffra Sanon played at No. 1 for the second time this year but fell short to 69th-ranked doubles team, 6-3. Junior Alex Favrot and Senior Robert Dudley played together for the first time this year and fell to the 77th-ranked doubles team, 6-3 to clinch the point.
Florida State took a 2-0 lead with a win at No. 2 when 95th-ranked Guy Iradukunda defeated Sanon, 6-2, 6-2. The Seminoles pushed their lead to 3-0 with a straight set win at No. 3, 6-1, 6-4. The clinching match came at No. 6 where Bhullar defeated Pinazo, 6-4, 6-4. Freshman Carlos Kelaidis forced a third set tiebreak to give the Tigers their lone point of the match.
Clemson returns to the courts next Friday, March 24 against the defending ACC Champions and current No. 1 team in the country, Wake Forest. The match is set to begin at 5 p.m. at the Hoke Sloan Tennis Complex in Clemson, S.C.