CLEMSON, S.C. - In its spring season opener, the College of Charleston men's tennis team was edged by Clemson in a tightly-contested 4-3 dual match held Sunday afternoon at the Hoke Sloan Tennis Center's Indoor Complex.
The Cougars (0-1) gained the early edge as their No. 2 and No. 3 tandems helped claim the doubles point leading into singles play. Junior Kyle Parker (Richmond, Va.) and senior Mickael Trintignac (La Cannet, France) combined to defeat Clemson's Ayrton Wibowo and Hunter Harrington, 9-7, at the No. 2 line, while sophomore newcomers Brice Allanic (Colombes, France) and Crescente Lesser (Santiago, Chile) dispatched Dominique Maden and Cedric Wellems, 8-6, at No. 3.
Due to playing indoors, CofC and Clemson (1-0) played its top four lines first with four courts available. Senior Tom Delme (Hamoir, Belgium) tied the match at two-all with a three-set victory over Ayrton Wibowo, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2, at No. 2.
Clemson's top player Yannick Maden got past Trintignac in three sets, but Allanic leveled the match again winning a three-setter against Harrington, 6-3, 2-6, 7-6, at No. 5. In the last match standing, junior Stephen Hardy (Fairfax, Va.) fell to Cedric Wellems, 7-6, 6-2, for the deciding point at No. 6.
"It was a competitive match, but we were unable to pull it out," CofC Head Coach Jay Bruner said. "I thought our effort was good for our first match of the season. I like the way we came out to compete today. Clemson is one of the stronger teams we will play against this year and is the type of match we need to play more. We gave ourselves a chance to be in a position to win today. Ultimately, Clemson was a little bit stronger than us, but it was a fun way to start off the season."
The Cougars will return to action next month with a road trip to Mercer on Feb. 4 in Macon, Ga.
CLEMSON 4, COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON 3
Jan. 15, 2012
Hoke Sloan Tennis Center
at Clemson, S.C.
No. 1 - Yannick Maden (Clemson) def. Mickael Trintignac (CofC), 6-0, 4-6, 6-3.
No. 2 - Tom Delme (CofC) def. Ayrton Wibowo (Clemson), 3-6, 6-2, 6-2.
No. 3 - Gerardo Meza (Clemson) def. Kyle Parker (CofC), 6-2, 6-0.
No. 4 - Dominique Maden (Clemson) def. Crescente Lesser (CofC), 7-5, 6-2.
No. 5 - Brice Allanic (CofC) def. Hunter Harrington (Clemson), 6-3, 2-6, 7-6.
No. 6 - Cedric Wellems (Clemson) def. Stephen Hardy (CofC), 7-6, 6-2.
No. 1 - Yannick Maden-Zachary Rigsby (Clemson) def. Tom Delme-Stephen Hardy (CofC), 8-2.
No. 2 - Kyle Parker-Mickael Trintignac (CofC) def. Ayrton Wibowo-Hunter Harrington (Clemson), 9-7.
No. 3 - Brice Allanic-Crescente Lesser (CofC) def. Dominique Maden-Cedric Wellems (Clemson), 8-6.
ORDER OF FINISH
Doubles: 1, 3, 2
Singles: 3, 4, 2, 1, 5, 6*