The doubles duo of Sean Sculley and Garrett Johns had an early spherical exit within the NCAA Doubles Championship.
The pair was unable to advance previous the primary match, as Sculley and Johns misplaced 6-0, 6-4 Monday to Tennessee’s doubles workforce of Adam Walton and Pat Harper in Orlando, Fla., to formally cap off the final match of any Blue Satan this season.
“We simply received off to a very powerful begin,” head coach Ramsey Smith mentioned. “I believe slightly nerves got here into play and we didn’t execute fairly as effectively, and Tennessee simply got here out firing and so they served at an extremely excessive proportion. We simply received down early and that first set glided by actually fast.”
A tricky begin is an apt description for the match’s opening set, because the embattled duo did not win even a single recreation towards its Tennessee opponents and shortly discovered themselves on the improper finish of a 6-0 scoreline.
A attainable cause for the tough begin is that Sculley and Johns performed timidly to start with of the match, and the nerves that include competing in such an vital match definitely appeared to be an element as effectively.
Tennessee clearly appeared extra relaxed on the court docket, however it is very important notice that Duke’s opponents benefited from far more aggressive match expertise main as much as the doubles contest. Duke misplaced to South Florida within the first spherical of the workforce competitors, however Tennessee superior all the way in which to the semifinals, that means Walton and Harper had many extra matches beneath their belt going into their bout with Sculley and Johns. In consequence, any nerves Sculley and Johns had can no less than be partially defined by their comparative lack of match alternatives to loosen up and play aggressive tennis.
As to why the primary set was so one-sided, Smith cited serving as a significant factor in keeping apart Sculley and Johns from their opponents throughout the web.
“At first they served extraordinarily effectively and we served poorly, and that allowed them to wash up the web so much higher than us,” Smith mentioned. “We had been simply on the protection and didn’t get into sufficient of their service video games.”
Regardless of the tough opening set, Sculley and Johns weren’t going to go quietly. The second set was a lot nearer, ending 6-4 in favor of Tennessee.
“We simply settled in,” Smith mentioned. “We tried to power the problem slightly bit and began taking part in our recreation and our tennis. Sean began returning exceptionally effectively and that second set might have gone both approach.”
Generally straight set rating strains don’t convey simply how shut a tennis match was, and Duke’s doubles contest towards Tennessee is an efficient instance. For example, Sculley and Johns had been down 5-4 however up 15-40 on Tennessee’s serve, and since no-ad scoring was in place for the doubles match, Duke simply needed to win one of many subsequent three factors to even the second set at 5-5.
However Walton and Harper stormed again to win three straight factors and take the match in straight units, ending the match for Sculley and Johns.
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The loss caps a disappointing nationwide exhibiting for the Duke squad because it did not seize a single victory in both the Workforce Championship or the Doubles Championship, and the Blue Devils should wait till subsequent yr for an additional shot at glory on faculty tennis’ largest stage.