ANDERSON, S.C. – With high expectations for the upcoming season, Anderson University men’s tennis opens its 2014 campaign with its toughest challenge of the season, as the Trojans head to Division I opponent Clemson on Sunday. First serve from the Hoke Sloan Tennis Center’s Indoor Courts is set for 4 p.m.
Plenty of new faces will be on the courts this season for AU, as three newcomers look to make an immediate impact in 2014. The freshman tandem of Juan Carracedo and Mateo Rivas shined throughout the fall in doubles, ranking as high as fourth in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Southeast Rankings. While the duo grabbed multiple wins in doubles in the fall, they will be asked to contribute in singles action right away.
Carracedo and Rivas are joined on the roster by experienced players of sophomores Paul Michael Calhoun and Inaki Iriberry. Calhoun, who played the majority of the 2013 season at the No. 5 position, posted eight wins a season ago, while Iriberry, who played at the No. 6 spot, claimed 12 victories.
Senior Danillo Faria, and sophomores Ryan Howard and Alex Wallace have not recorded much time on the courts, but could step into a starting role to begin the season. Also looking to make an impact is newcomer Tomas Passalacqua who could be slotted into one of the starting doubles tandems.
Having already played seven matches this season, Clemson enters Sunday’s meeting as the No. 24 ranked Division I team, nationally, according to the Division I ITA rankings, released on Thursday. The Tigers began the season with four wins in their first five matches, highlighted by a 4-2 upset victory at No. 10 Mississippi on Day 2 of the ITA Kickoff Weekend on Jan. 26.
Clemson is led by Hunter Harrington, who holds an 8-5 singles record for the fall and spring seasons and currently plays No. 1 singles and doubles. Teammate Alejandro Augusto, who has seen action at No. 1 and No. 3, is 6-5 in singles while fellow Tiger Robert Dudley, who has seen action at No. 4 and No. 5, holds a 6-3 singles mark for the year.
For the spring season, Clemson, as a team, is 10-4 in doubles play as the tandem of Harrington and Dominique Maden are 2-0 to begin the 2014 campaign. Overall, Harrington and Maden are 7-2.
The Trojans and Tigers have clashed just one other time, as then-ranked No. 24 Clemson captured a 6-0 win over AU on Jan. 30, 2004.