17th-ranked Clemson storms back to defeat No. 7 North Carolina 4-3
CLEMSON, S.C. -- The upsets keep coming for the Tigers, who knocked off a second consecutive top-ten opponent with a 4-3 win against No. 7 North Carolina (23-4, 12-2 ACC) on Saturday at the Clemson Indoor Tennis Center. Clemson (20-5, 12-2 ACC) trailed 3-0 to the Tar Heels, but registered wins on singles courts three-through-six consecutively to seal the victory. The win comes just one day removed from taking down No. 1 Duke on Thursday.
The victory puts Clemson in position to work itself into a tie for the regular-season conference championship, depending on some of Sunday’s results. Official pairings and tournament details will be revealed at the conclusion of play on Sunday evening.
In a hard-fought battle, the Tar Heels took the doubles point by winning on courts one and two. Jessy Rompies and Joana Eidukonyte won 8-2 on court three to claim the lone Tiger victory against Ashley Dai and Tessa Lyons. The win improved the duo’s record to 6-0 on the season while also upping Rompies’ record to 30-5 in doubles play this season Those 30 wins puts her in a tie for seventh in the Clemson record books for most doubles wins in a single season.
Clemson trailed 3-0 after the nation’s first and sixth-ranked players took down Yana Koroleva and Romy Koelzer on courts one at two, leaving the ultimatum to win the remaining four singles matches. One by one, decisions started to fall, beginning with Tristen Dewar’s 6-4, 1-6, 6-4 win on court four.
While Rompies and Eidukonyte claimed first sets in their matches, the match essentially came down to Beatrice Gumulya on court three. She trailed 5-3 in the third to No. 46 Caroline Price, but stormed back to win in a tiebreak 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (6) to extend the match. Eidukonyte knotted the match at 3-3 with her 6-3, 6-0 win on six, and Rompies clinched it with a 7-6 (3), 6-2 win on court five.