Clemson 4, Northwestern 0

May 14, 2005

ATHENS, Ga. The Clemson University mens tennis team defeated Northwestern by a score of 4-0 Saturday afternoon at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex to advance to the second round. Ryan Young clinched the match for the Tigers as he defeated Willy Lock at the No. 4 spot, 6-4, 6-2.

We played hard, consistently hard today and that was the key to our victory, said Clemson head coach Chuck Kriese. We didnt have any great highs and we didnt have any great lows. Even if the match continued for two more hours, I felt good about our chances because we were playing consistently hard.

Clemson opened the match by winning the doubles point to take a 1-0 lead. The 50th-ranked team of Nathan Thompson and Young were first off the court as they downed Tommy Hanus and Chuck Perrin, 8-4. The Northwestern duo of Justin Hoeveler and Lock then evened the doubles score at 1-1 from the third slot as they took down Brett Twente and Ian Keeler, 8-1. With the doubles point hanging on the outcome of the No. 2 match, Clement Reix and Sander Koning stepped up for Clemson and defeated Adam Schaecterle and Christian Tempke, 9-7.

In singles action, Koning gave Clemson a 2-0 edge with a win over Tempke, 6-0, 6-3, at the No. 2 spot. Reix then made it a 3-0 advantage as he topped Perrin, 6-4, 6-4 from the third singles spot, setting Young up for the clinch.

This win feels good, thats what we came here to do, said Young. I feel like I played well today. We played pretty well in doubles too. Now that Nathan is healthy he can hit his serve, which really helps.

Clemson will take on the winner of the Georgia vs. Winthrop match at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Last time we played Winthrop it was a close match, said Young. And we know Georgia is a very good team, so either way it will be a tough match tomorrow.

More quotes from Coach Kriese:

Northwestern is a team of great competitors and a well coached team. They make big shots and compete the entire day. We were about to get past their first exchanges and that was important. We were able to get their third, fourth and fifth ball every time and that was big for us.

The doubles point was very big. At No. 2 doubles (deciding doubles point), they had a break point and we survived it and then went on to the win and that gave us momentum going into the singles. You dont always get early momentum, but when you do you have to take advantage of it, but realize the other team is going to fight like crazy.

Overall it was a team effort. I am proud of this team today.

#27 Clemson 4, #46 Northwestern 0

Singles competition:
1. Tommy Hanus (NW) def. #27 Nathan Thompson (CLE) 6-4, 3-6, 2-1, unfinished
2. #105 Sander Koning (CLE) def. Christian Tempke (NW) 6-0, 6-3
3. Clement Reix (CLE) def. Chuck Perrin (NW) 6-4, 6-4
4. Ryan Young (CLE) def. Willy Lock (NW) 6-4, 6-2
5. Brett Twente (CLE) vs. Matt Christian (NW) 7-5, 3-1, unfinished
6. Clint Boling (CLE) vs. Adam Schaechterle (NW) 6-2, 2-2, unfinished

Doubles competition:
1. #50 Nathan Thompson/Ryan Young (CLE) def. Tommy Hanus/Chuck Perrin (NW) 8-4
2. Clement Reix/Sander Koning (CLE) def. Adam Schaechterle/Christian Tempke (NW) 9-7
3. Justin Hoeveler/Willy Lock (NW) def. Brett Twente/Ian Keeler (CLE) 8-1

Match Notes:
Northwestern 12-13; National ranking #46
Clemson 25-10; National ranking #27
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (2,3,4)

NCAA Men's First Round
Clemson - #17-32 Seed; Northwestern - #33-48 Seed
Official: Walt Williams T-2:45 A-75

-- Courtesy Georgia