CLEMSON, S.C. – Unable to find any wins, Anderson University men’s tennis suffered a 5-0 setback in its regular-season opener to Division I power and nationally-ranked Clemson on Sunday afternoon at the Hoke Sloan Tennis Courts.
Playing by Division I rules, the Tigers began the match earning the doubles point when CU’s Alejandro Augusto and Fernando Sala clinched the deciding match over Anderson’s tandem of Juan Carracedo and Mateo Rivas 6-3 at the No. 1 spot.
In singles action, the Trojans were unable to keep up with Clemson as Sala earned the home side’s first singles point of the afternoon with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Rivas at the No. 2 position. CU’s Zachary Kennedy continued the winning streak with a 6-2, 6-4 win over sophomore Inaki Iriberry at the No. 5 slot, while Austin Ansari earned a 6-1, 6-3 win against Carracedo at the No. 1 spot.
Rounding out singles action, Brent Lett clinched the final Tiger victory, defeating sophomore Tomas Passalacqua 6-1, 6-2 at No. 3. The singles matches featuring Paul Michael Calhoun (No. 3) and Danilo Faria (No. 6) went unfinished.
Anderson returns to action on Saturday when it opens its home schedule against South Atlantic Conference foe Newberry. First serve from the Max Grubbs Memorial Courts is set for 2 p.m.