Success under pressure: No. 25 Tigers rally past Florida State, 4-3

Hunter Harrington clinches second straight ACC road victory for Clemson men's tennis team

Men's Tennis - Hunter Harrington

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Men's Tennis - Hunter Harrington

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Hunter Harrington defeated Jordan Kelly-Houston at number-two singles to clinch a 4-3 victory for No. 25 Clemson over No. 28 Florida State in an ACC men’s tennis match Sunday afternoon.

With the victory, Clemson improved to 13-2 overall and 2-0 in the ACC. The Tigers were 4-3 winners over Miami Friday afternoon. This is the first time since 1999 that Clemson has won two ACC road matches to start the conference segment of the schedule.

Florida State fell to 13-4 overall and 1-1 in league play.

"FSU is one of the hottest teams in the country right now, and they just knocked off No. Oklahoma on the road last week,” said Clemson coach Chuck McCuen. “We felt their heat in doubles and in losing 5 of 6 first sets in singles. There is no quit in our team however, and we showed great character and poise rallying to get the win. I couldn't be more proud of this team, and there is no better feeling than success under pressure."

Florida State won the doubles team point claiming victories at number-two and number-three doubles. It appeared that the Seminoles were in control of the match after winning five first sets in the six singles matches.

Benjamin Lock gave the Seminoles a 2-0 lead by defeating Clemson's Gerardo Meza 6-4, 6-2 at number-three singles. Clemson, however, bounced back to win the next two singles matches. Austin Ansari defeated Anderson Reed 3-6, 6-1, 6-1 at number-five singles, while at number one, 42st-ranked Yannick Maden won in straight-sets over 110th-ranked Dominic Dontrone, 6-4, 6-3.

Ansari is 13-3 overall in singles play this year and is undefeated in dual match action with an 11-0 mark. Maden is 19-4 overall and 13-1 in dual matches this season.

Florida State regained the lead at 3-2 when Blake Davis defeated Ayrton Wibowo 6-4, 6-4 at number-four singles.

The Tigers then won the final two matches. Zachary Rigsby, who clinched the match for the Tigers in their win over Miami on Friday, defeated Michael Rinaldi 3-6, 6-1, 6-1 at number-six singles, setting up the number-two singles match as the deciding contest. It was Rinaldi’s first loss in dual match play this season.

Harrington won a three-set match over Jordan Kelly-Houston at number-two singles, as he survived a second-set tiebreaker and then won the final set 6-4, for a 3-6, 7-6, 6-4 victory. Harrington is now 14-5 overall, and 10-3 in dual matches.

Clemson will continue ACC play on Friday, March 22, when the Tigers play host to N.C. State on Friday, March 22 at 2:30 p.m.

Clemson 4, Florida State 3

Singles

1. #41 Yannick Maden (C) def. #110 Dominic Cotrone (FS) 6-4, 6-3

2. Hunter Harrington (C) def. Jordan Kelly-Houston (FS) 3-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4

3. Benjamin Lock (FS) def. Gerardo Meza (C) 6-4, 6-2

4. Blake Davis (FS) def. Ayrton Wibowo (C) 6-4, 6-4

5. Austin Ansari (C) def. Anderson Reed (FS) 3-6, 6-1, 6-1

6. Zachary Rigsby (C) def. Michael Rinaldi (FS) 2-6, 6-1, 6-2

Doubles

1. #22 Andres Bucaro/Benjamin Lock (FS) vs. #11 Dominique Maden/Yannick Maden (C) 4-5, 40-40, unfinished

2. Anderson Reed/Jordan Kelly-Houston (FS) def. Austin Ansari/ZacharyRigsby (C) 8-3

3. Blake Davis/Dominic Cotrone (FS) def. Ayrton Wibowo/Hunter Harrington (C) 8-4

Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (3,5,1,4,6,2)

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