No. 71 Tigers Slip By Demon Deacons 4-3
April 13, 2012
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - After dropping a closely contested doubles point to No. 71 Clemson, the Wake Forest men's tennis team came up just short of a pulling off a comeback in singles, falling 4-3 to the Tigers in their penultimate ACC match Friday at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex.
Wake Forest (11-14, 2-8 ACC) picked up singles wins from David Hopkins, Amogh Prabhakar and Adam Lee at the Nos. 2, 3 and 4 positions, respectively, and Alex Tsai pushed his Clemson opponent to three sets at No. 6, but the Deacons were unable to find the deciding fourth point.
Clemson (9-12, 5-5 ACC) pulled off an improbable rally to take the doubles point and an early 1-0 lead. Danny Kreyman and Adam Lee raced to an 8-4 victory over Gerardo Meza and Ayrton Wibowo at No. 2 doubles to give Wake Forest an early advantage, and with Conner Sherwood and Alex Tsai leading 6-1 at the No. 3 position, the Demon Deacons looked primed to take the doubles point.
But Clemson's top pairing of No. 60 Yannick Maden and Zachary Rigsby took down No. 48 David Hopkins and Amogh Prabhakar at the No. 1 position to even the doubles ledger at one apiece, and the Tigers' third pairing of Dominique Maden and Wes Moran rallied from the brink, winning eight of the last nine games of the match against Sherwood and Tsai to steal a 9-7 victory that clinched the opening point.
Wake Forest's Prabhakar quickly made up the deficit with a 6-0, 6-2 thrashing of Wibowo at No. 3 that finished before most matches had even completed a set. But Hunter Harrington soon restored the Tigers' lead at No. 5, topping Sam Wells 6-3, 6-3, and No. 75 Yannick Maden pushed the Clemson lead to 3-1 with a 7-6 (1), 6-1 victory over Kreyman at No. 1.
At No. 4 singles, Wake Forest's Lee edged Dominique Maden 7-5 in the first set and the two stayed on serve through pretty much the entire set until the Wake Forest sophomore broke at 4-4 to take the lead 5-4, giving him a chance to serve out the match. Lee quickly took a 40-0 lead in the game, and facing three match points, Maden called for the trainer. The ensuing medical timeout apparently gave him the strength to rally back, and the two players played through several deuces before Lee cracked an unreturnable serve up the middle on match point to pull Wake Forest back to within a point at 3-2.
Two matches remained on the court, both in third sets. Court Six proved to be the decisive position as Clemson's Rigsby outlasted Tsai 5-7, 6-3, 6-1 to seal victory for the Tigers. Hopkins claimed the final point of the match for Wake Forest, taking down Meza 7-6 (3), 2-6, 7-5 in a three-hour marathon at No. 2.
The Demon Deacons will play their final ACC match of the year against Georgia Tech on Sunday at noon before closing out the regular season against Longwood later that day at 5 p.m. Senior David Hopkins will be honored before the match against the Yellow Jackets.
#71 Clemson 4, Wake Forest 3