The Texas Tech doubles team of Raony Carvalho and Gonzalo Escobar made it to the championship match of the NCAA Tennis Championship in Athens, Ga., but lost on Monday to the team from Ohio State in straight sets.â†µ
Carvalho and Escobar defeated the 17th-ranked team from Mississippi in straight sets, 6-4, 6-2, for their fourth consecutive upset win in the tournament before falling in the doubles championship. The Texas Tech duo ended the season with a record of 14-2. .â†µ
For a while, it looked like it might be an all-Big 12 doubles final. The No. 10-ranked Oklahoma team of Costin Paval and Dane Webb won its first set 6-4 against Ohio State, but dropped the final two sets 6-3-, 6-4, sending the Buckeyes to the doubles final against the Red Raiders.â†µ
The Red Raiders’ doubles pair of Carvalho and Escobar are the second Big 12 doubles team to reach the NCAA Tournament final. Texas A&M did it last year with the team of Jeff Dadamo and Austin Krajcek, and went on to win the championship.