March 4, 2012
ATLANTA – Clemson’s Dom Maden won the final four games to take a three-set victory over Dusan Miljevic at No. 4 singles, the deciding point in a 4-3 Tiger victory after they had trailed 3-1 Sunday afternoon at the Bill Moore Tennis Center.
The win snapped a three-match losing streak and gave the Tigers (4-7, 1-0 ACC) a big road victory in their first Atlantic Coast Conference match of the spring. Tech fell to 5-7 overall, 0-2 in the ACC, and will get back into action Tuesday, March 13, at home against Miami.
The Jackets marched through the doubles competition, winning at No. 1 and No. 3 handily. Kevin King and Juan Spir, ranked No. 2 nationally, eased past the Tigers’ top tandem of Yannick Maden and Zachary Rigsby, 8-2, to improve to 10-2 this spring. Dusan Miljevic and Eduardo Segura followed quickly with an 8-2 win over Dom Maden and Wes Moran at No. 3.
“Doubles was the main positive today, and Kevin continues to get us ahead in the team match fairly quickly,” said Thorne. “I have to give credit to Clemson for having the belief to come back from a 3-1 deficit, and beat us in two third sets. It says a lot about the heart of their team. Unfortunately, it says something about us as well that we have to change.”
King, a senior All-American from Peachtree City, Ga., ranked No. 13 nationally, scored an easy 6-1, 6-1 win over Yannick Maden at No. 1 singles, making the score 2-0 in favor of Tech. Gerardo Meza got a big point for the Tigers when he rallied from a 5-0 deficit to complete a 6-2, 7-5 win over Tech’s Juan Spir, ranked No. 101, at No. 2. Freshman Sebastian Lopez captured a 6-3, 6-2 win at No. 6 to give the Yellow Jackets a 3-1 cushion.
But the Clemson comeback had already taken shape as the Tigers won the first set at 3, 4 and 5. Hunter Harrington brought the Tigers within 3-2 by finishing off Eduardo Segura, 7-6, 6-4 at No. 5, and Ayrton Wibowo tied the match with a 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 win over Juan Melian at No. 3.
Miljevic fought back after dropping his first set to Dom Maden, evening the match with a 6-2 second set, and had the match even in the third set, 2-2, before Maden went on his run.
Tennis Match Results
Clemson 4, Georgia Tech 3
Mar 04, 2012 at Atlanta, Ga.
1. #13 Kevin King (GT) def. Yannick Maden (CU) 6-1, 6-1
2. Gerardo Meza (CU) def. #101 Juan Spir (GT) 6-2, 7-5
3. Ayrton Wibowo (CU) def. Juan Melian (GT) 6-3, 2-6, 6-3
4. Dominique Maden (CU) def. Dusan Miljevic (GT) 6-4, 2-6, 6-2
5. Hunter Harrington (CU) def. Eduardo Segura (GT) 7-6 (7-3), 6-4
6. Sebastian Lopez (GT) def. Cedric Willems (CU) 6-3, 6-2
1. #2 Kevin King/Juan Spir (GT) def. Yannick Maden/Zachary Rigsby (CU) 8-2
2. Sebastian Lopez/Vikram Hundal (GT) def. Ayrton Wibowo/Cedric Willems (CU) 8-5
3. Dusan Miljevic/Eduardo Segura (GT) def. Dominique Maden/Wes Moran (CU) 8-2
Clemson 4-7, 1-0; Georgia Tech 5-7, 0-2
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (1,2,6,5,3,4)