URBANA, Ill. - Senior Chris Camillone and junior David Holiner lost to No. 4 seed Jarmere Jenkins and Mac Styslinger of Virginia in three sets (3-6, 6-2, 6-4) in the finals of the NCAA Doubles Championship on Monday at the Atkins Tennis Center.
The unseeded and 41st-ranked team of Camillone and Holiner became Texas’ first NCAA doubles finalists since 1995 after defeating three top-five teams in the tournament - No. 1 seed on Friday, the No. 5 seed on Saturday and the No. 3 seed on Sunday - before losing in the finals.
“Chris and David continued to play together with tremendous energy and fight,” head coach Michael Center said. “They did a great job of getting that first set and then momentum started to shift in the second set. Credit to Virginia. It was one of those matches that could have gone either way, but we came up a little short.”
The Longhorns broke out of the gates to a 3-0 lead in the first set. But momentum was paused as the match was moved inside due to rain with Texas leading, 4-1. Camillone held serve to clinch the first set for UT, 6-3, despite falling behind LOVE-40.
Virginia would respond with by winning the second set, 6-2, on the indoor courts.
“You can’t dwell on inside-outside,” Center said. “With the weather that came through, there was no way we were going to play the match outside. I thought Virginia’s serves were more effective on the indoor courts. That is just the way it goes sometimes. I don’t think playing inside had much to do about the outcome of the match.”
Texas and Virginia were even in the third set until the Longhorns broke serve to take a 3-2 lead. The Cavaliers countered with a service break of their own to tie the set, 4-4.
“After we broke to go up 3-2 in the third set, we didn’t play a good game,” Center said. “That was a big game in the match and we weren’t able to consolidate that break. They made some good plays and we missed a couple balls. If we get that game and go up 4-2, the pressure would have really started to mount on Virginia.”
Virginia broke serve again on match point to take the third set, 6-4, and clinch the match.
After beginning the season as the 8th-ranked team in the nation, Camillone and Holiner finish the season with an 18-9 doubles record and finish their three-year run as a doubles team with a 39-20 record.
|CAMILLONE/HOLINER 2013 NCAA DOUBLES RESULTS
|Round of 32
||#31 Billy Federhofer / Gordon Watson (Florida)
||W - 2-6, 6-3, 6-4
|Round of 16
||#1 Mikelis Libietis / Hunter Reese (Tenn.)
||W - 7-6(5), 7-5
||#5 Ben Wagland / Hernus Pieters (Georgia)
||W - 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(3)
||#3 Nik Scholtz / Jonas Lutjen (Ole Miss)
||W - 6-2, 5-7, 6-3
||#4 Jarmere Jenkins / Mac Styslinger (UVA)
||L - 3-6, 6-2, 6-4
TEXAS NCAA DOUBLES FINALISTS (since 1975)
2013 - Chris Camillone / David Holiner
1995 - Chad Clark / Trey Phillips
1990 - Mitch Michulka / Michael Penman
1985 - Charles Beckman / Royce Deppe
1978 - Gary Plock / Kevin Curren