Orlando – No. 4 Males’s Tennis accomplished an epic comeback to advance to the NCAA Quarterfinals by overcoming a 3-0 deficit to rally for a 4-3 win on the USTA Nationwide Campus in Orlando on Monday. It was one other magical second at these courts after their final match there captured this system’s first group championship in 2019.
The Longhorns used 4 singles victories by freshman No. 38 Micah Braswell at No. 2, and sophomores No. 108 Cleeve Harper at No. 4, No. 23 Eliot Spizzirri at No. 1 and Evin McDonald at No. 6. Along with the group trailing the general match, Spizzirri got here again from being down 3-0 in his third set, and McDonald trailed, 3-1, in his second set after having misplaced the primary. It was the seventh match the Longhorns have gained this 12 months that was determined within the last singles contest to only one defeat. It was additionally the ninth 4-3 victory of the 12 months with two others clinched previous to the final singles match.
After successful the doubles level, South Carolina prolonged its general result in 3-0 with a 6-3, 6-2 win by Jake Beasley over junior Chih Chi Huang at No. 5, and a 6-4, 6-3 win by No. 67 Toby Samuel over Siem Woldeab at No. 3.
That is when the comeback started with Braswell getting the Longhorns on the board by downing No. 22 Connor Thomson, 6-3, 6-4. Braswell took the opening recreation on serve on a deuce level, however the subsequent three video games had been all breaks, leaving Braswell with a 3-1 benefit. He expanded that result in 4-1 with a maintain, and the remainder of the set stayed on serve from there, together with the primary eight video games of the second set. That left that body tied, 4-4, when Braswell captured the break he would want to safe the match with yet another maintain within the subsequent recreation.
Harper was subsequent and pulled Texas inside one by topping No. 54 Raphael Lambling, 6-2, 6-4. Harper used a break within the second recreation to leap out to a 3-0 lead, after which one other to shut the primary set, which stayed on serve aside from that. The primary three video games of the second set had been additionally on serve to present Harper a 2-1 lead, with the final of these on a deuce level for him, after which he used one other deuce level for the primary break and a 3-1 margin. Lambling answered with a deuce level break within the subsequent recreation, after which bookended a 3-0 run with one other for a 4-3 lead. Nevertheless, Harper took it from there with a 3-0 run of his personal to complete the match.
That left Spizzirri and McDonald going backwards and forwards with whose match would end first. Each had gone to 3rd units, however Spizzirri ended up first off the court docket with a 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 win over No. 2 Daniel Rodrigues. It marked the highest-ranked opponent Spizzirri has overwhelmed to date in his early profession. Remarkably, the primary 4 video games to open the match all had been breaks beginning with Rodrigues on a deuce level and closed by Spizzirri on one. Spizzirri lastly ended the streak, holding for a 3-2 lead, and after Rodrigues additionally held, Spizzirri used two consecutive deuce level wins to mount a 3-0 run and take the set. Within the second, Rodrigues used a deuce level to take a 3-2 lead and shut the final of a streak of 5 video games on serve between the gamers. It was additionally the beginning of a 7-0 run for him that despatched the match to a 3rd set and established a 3-0 lead for him there. Nevertheless, Spizzirri was capable of flip the script with a 5-0 run of his personal. Rodrigues obtained again inside 5-4 on a maintain, however Spizzirri served it out within the subsequent recreation to tie the general match at 3-3 and switch the main focus to McDonald on the different finish of the six courts.
After falling, 6-3, within the opening set to Thomas Brown, after which trailing, 3-1, within the second, McDonald discovered what he was searching for, beginning with a 3-0 run on his method to successful 5 of the final six video games of that set. 5 of six then turned 10 of 12 general as he used a 5-0 run to bolt out to a 5-1 lead within the third, solely dropping the primary recreation on a deuce level. He then gained three deuce factors of his personal through the run. Brown then had a comeback of his personal in him, occurring a 4-0 run to tie it with the final two on deuce factors. To not be outdone, McDonald regained the lead with a maintain after which accomplished the 3-6, 6-4, 7-5 comeback with a break to ship his teammates streaming onto the court docket.
Earlier in doubles, South Carolina claimed the purpose with wins at Nos. 1 and a pair of. At No. 1, the No. 13 duo of Rodrigues and Thomson downed No. 11 Spizzirri and Woldeab, 6-2. South Carolina earned a break within the opening recreation and took one other for a 4-0 lead and the margin they would want, with the remainder of the match staying on serve. At No. 2, Beasley and Samuel defeated No. 78 Harper and Huang, 6-3, to clinch the purpose. The Gamecocks additionally obtained out to an early lead in that match with a break within the second recreation for 3-0, however the Longhorns answered with a 3-0 run of their very own, together with a deuce level break. Nevertheless, South Carolina earned a deuce level break that gave them a 5-3 lead earlier than closing the match on serve. Within the unfinished match at No. 3, Braswell and senior Payton Maintain held a 5-1 lead over Lambling and Phillip Jordan after opening the match with a deuce level break that began them on a 5-0 run.
Texas (23-5) now advances to the NCAA Match Quarterfinals the fourth time within the final seven years and may have a rematch with No. 12 USC from earlier within the 12 months. That was one other stirring 4-3 comeback win by the Longhorns over the then top-ranked Trojans on the ITA Nationwide Indoor Championships on Feb. 13 in Champaign, Unwell. The match be on Thursday, Might 20, at 4:30 p.m. CT/5:30 p.m. ET and air on the Tennis Channel.
#4 Texas 4, #13 South Carolina 3
Singles – Order of End (1,2)
1. #23 Eliot Spizzirri (UT) def. #2 Daniel Rodrigues (SC) 6-3, 2-6, 6-4
2. #38 Micah Braswell (UT) def. #22 Connor Thomson (SC) 6-3, 6-4
3. #67 Toby Samuel (SC) def. #75 Siem Woldeab (UT) 6-4, 6-3
4. #108 Cleeve Harper (UT) def. #54 Raphael Lambling (SC) 6-2, 6-4
5. Jake Beasley (SC) def. Chih Chi Huang (UT) 6-3, 6-2
6. Evin McDonald (UT) def. Thomas Brown (SC) 3-6, 6-4, 7-5
Doubles – Order of End (5,3,2,4,1,6)
1. #13 Connor Thomson/Daniel Rodrigues (SC) def. #11 Siem Woldeab/Eliot Spizzirri (UT) 6-2
2. Jake Beasley/Toby Samuel (SC) def. #78 Chih Chi Huang/Cleeve Harper (UT) 6-3
3. Micah Braswell/Payton Holden (UT) vs. #80 Phillip Jordan/Raphael Lambling (SC) 5-1, unf.