CLEMSON, SC – Clemson (11-12, 2-9 ACC) burst into flames at the Duckworth Family Tennis Facility on Thursday night, securing the colon early and battling from a 1-3 deficit to a 4-3 win over No. 31 in the state of Florida night.
Jorge Plans Gonzalez and Daniel Labrador dominated on Court 3 and won 6-2 for the second straight game to take the lead. The Seminoles prevailed on Court 2, but sophomores Spencer Whitaker and Ryuhei Azuma prevailed on Court 1, helping the Tigers take the colon.
Florida State picked up its own momentum, winning in 2nd, 4th and 5th place with a 3-1 lead. Plans Gonzalez went undefeated that day, scoring the win on Court 3 6-3, 7-6 to put the Tigers in one spot. Arguably one of the best matches of his early career, Ryuhei Azuma defeated the No. 44 Pourroy 5-7 6-3 6-3 to separate the three-man Seminoles. It all came down to sixth place where Labrador narrowly lost the first set 6-7 before changing the momentum and winning the second set 6-1. Labrador dug deep again in the third set to take the thrilling 4-3 win in another tiebreak.
“What a win for our program tonight,” said head coach Robbie Weiss. “I’m so happy and proud of the boys. We’ve had a tough season with injuries and some disappointing defeats, but the lads never stopped working. I’m very happy for Daniel Labrador. It was great to see him rise in the 3rd set tiebreak with the match on the line. Ryuhei and Jorge did an amazing job digging deep and finding a way to beat some tough opponents. Our doubles have improved in recent games and that has proved crucial. We will definitely enjoy this win and get back to work tomorrow preparing for a strong Miami team. Go, tiger!”
Next, The Tigers will host Miami on Saturday, April 16 for the final regular season game of the year. The first serve against the Hurricanes is at 12 noon and Teodor Giusca is honored for his time as a Tiger just before the game.
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