Orlando – No. 4 Males’s Tennis closed NCAA Singles and Doubles Championship play and accomplished their 2020-21 season, falling of their two particular person matches on Monday on the USTA Nationwide Campus in Orlando.
Sophomore No. 23 Eliot Spizzirri dropped a 6-1, 6-3 determination to Aleksandar Kovacevic of Illinois within the Second Spherical of singles, whereas later within the day the No. 11 duo of Spizzirri and sophomore Siem Woldeab got here up simply quick towards No. 24 Rithvik Bollipalli and Jacob Wojcik of South Florida, 4-6, 6-3, 1-0 (8), within the First Spherical of doubles.
Spizzirri finishes his season 25-11 general in singles, together with a 17-9 mark in twin match play. He was named first-team All-Large 12 in each singles and doubles, partnering with Woldeab for the doubles honor with the pair compiling a 21-11 general file and 14-10 in twin matches. In the meantime, Woldeab was second-team All-Large 12 in singles with a 15-15 general file and 10-10 mark in twin matches.
The singles match for Spizzirri got here right down to deuce factors as Kovacevic claimed all 4 within the contest, which accounted for 4 of his 5 breaks towards Spizzirri. The primary two of these deuce level wins got here on Spizzirri’s first two serves and set Kovacevic up with a 5-0 lead. Spizzirri acquired one sport again on serve, earlier than Kovacevic closed the body with a maintain. Spizzirri additionally gained his subsequent service sport to open the second set, nevertheless Kovacevic struck once more with one other deuce level break within the subsequent sport for a 2-1 lead that he prolonged to 3-1 on serve. The next two video games have been each holds earlier than Kovacevic secured the fourth of his deuce level breaks for a 5-2 lead. Spizzirri broke again to chop it to 5-3, however Kovacevic completed with yet another break to take the match.
The identical held true in doubles for Spizzirri and Woldeab, as Bollipalli and Wojcik gained seven of the eight deuce factors within the match. Regardless of a stretch of three out of 4 early video games going to deuce, with one for Texas and two for USF, the primary set stayed on serve beginning with South Florida as much as 4-4. Nevertheless, the Longhorns then picked up the break they wanted for a 5-4 lead and held for the set. Within the second, the primary seven video games stayed on serve though three of them went to deuce with the Bulls successful these at 1-0, 2-2 and 4-3. The final of these was additionally the beginning of three straight deuce level wins for USF as they completed the set on a 3-0 run. That despatched the match to a third-set superbreaker the place Spizzirri and Woldeab took a 1-0 lead on serve, however Bollipalli and Wojcik grabbed a mini-break for a 3-2 edge that began them on a 3-0 run for a 5-2 benefit. The following 5 factors remained on serve for a 7-5 USF lead, however the Bulls then used a break and a maintain for 9-5. The Longhorns made a one final push with a 3-0 run to get inside 9-8, however South Florida took the ultimate level on serve for the win.
Texas, which returns all however one senior from its common singles and doubles lineups subsequent season, completed 2021 workforce play with a 24-6 file, an look in a second-straight NCAA Match Ultimate 4, and a share of a second-straight Large 12 common season title.
NCAA Singles and Doubles Championship
Second Spherical – Monday, Could 24
Aleksandar Kovacevic (ILL) def. #23 Eliot Spizzirri (UT), 6-1, 6-4