COLLEGE STATION, Texas - University of Texas men's tennis lost a heartbreaking 4-3 decision to 12th-seeded Texas A&M in the Second Round of the NCAA Championship on Saturday evening.
"That's a tough one," head coach Michael Center said. "In the singles, I really thought we could win all six spots. I really liked our chances. We served for the first set at No. 2 singles. We had set points at No. 3 in the second set. And multiple set points at No. 5 singles in the second set. So all three of the matches we ended up losing we had really good opportunities. And taking a step back, it was an amazing college tennis match. There was a lot of emotion and a lot of drama. It just kind of stinks because we came up a bit short."
With the team scored tied at three late in the match, sophomore Lloyd Glasspool battled back and forth with A&M's Junior Ore for the deciding point. After dropping the first set 7-6 in a tiebreaker, Glasspool came away with a 6-3 second-set win. Glasspool was down 3-1 in the third set, but won three straight games to help force another tiebreaker with a berth in the round of 16 on the line.
Ore won the third-set tiebreaker, 7-3, to give the Aggies a 4-3 team victory.
Early in the match, Texas A&M got on the board first by winning the doubles point with victories at the No. 1 and No. 2 positions. Glasspool and Søren Hess-Olesen erased a three-game deficit at the No. 3 position before the point was clinched and doubles play stopped.
Texas A&M went up 2-0 with a win at No. 2 singles as Harrison Adams defeated senior Daniel Whitehead (6-1, 7-5).
The Longhorns quickly swung momentum as Hess-Olesen defeated 18th-ranked Jeremy Efferding in straight sets in No. 1 singles - his six win over a nationally-ranked opponent. Sudanwa Sitaram followed suit with a sweep of 76th-ranke Shane Vinsant (6-4, 6-4), to tie the match at 2-2.
After falling 6-0 in the first set, David Holiner rallied to defeat Jordan Szabo in three sets (0-6, 6-2, 6-2) to tie the match at three.
The 21st-ranked Longhorns end the season with a 17-9 record.
Søren Hess-Olesen will compete in the 64-player singles draw and Chris Camillone / David Holiner will compete in the 32-team doubles draw in the 2013 NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Championships. The individual singles and doubles competition will be conducted May 22-27 in Urbana, Ill., following the conclusion of the team championship, which runs from May 16-21.
NCAA Championship Second Round
College Station, Texas - Mitchel Tennis Center
#12 seed Texas A&M def. Texas, 4-3
1. #37 Søren Hess-Olesen (UT) def. #18 Jeremy Efferding (A&M) - 6-3, 7-6(0)
2. #100 Junior Ore (A&M) def. #122 Lloyd Glasspool (UT) - 7-6(2), 6-3, 7-6(3)
3. #103 Harrison Adams (A&M) def. #108 Daniel Whitehead (UT) - 6-1, 7-5
4. Sudanwa Sitaram (UT) def. #76 Shane Vinsant (A&M) - 6-4, 6-4
5. Jackson Withrow (A&M) def. Nick Naumann (UT) - 6-4, 7-6(7)
6. David Holiner (UT) def. Jordan Szabo (A&M) - 0-6, 6-2, 6-2
Order of finish: 3, 1, 4, 6, 5, *2
1. #8 Junior Ore / Jackson Withrow (A&M) def. #41 Chris Camillone / David Holiner (UT) - 8-1
2. #29 Harrison Adams / Shane Vinsant (A&M) def. Ben Chen / Daniel Whitehead (UT) - 8-2
3. Efferding / Szabo (A&M) vs. Lloyd Glasspool / Søren Hess-Olesen (UT) - 5-4, unf.
Order of finish: 1, *2