TULSA, Okla. (May 29, 2016) – After three upset victories over ranked opponents to open the NCAA Doubles Championship, David Biosca’s (Sant Fruitos De Bage, Spain) and Rogerio Ribeiro’s (Sao Paulo, Brazil) historic run came to an end Sunday evening in Tulsa. Eighth-ranked Arthur Rinderknech and Jackson Withrow from Texas A&M defeated the duo from ETSU by scores of 6-2, 5-7 and 1-0 (7) to earn a spot in the National Championship match.
“We were so close,” ETSU Head Coach Yaser Zaatini said. “Started down a set and a break, so close to just get out and our boys in ETSU fashion came back. I knew when the match moved indoors it was going to be a challenge. A&M served big and were putting away everything. I’m so proud of these boys and so lucky to be a part of this amazing run. Go Bucs!”
Biosca and Ribeiro won the first point of the first set against the Aggies but Rinderknech and Withrow got things rolling scoring six of the next seven points to win the first frame, 6-2. In the second frame, the Bucs battled back from an early 2-1 deficit to pull ahead of Texas A&M but had to withstand a late rally by the Aggies to force a third and deciding set, 7-5. Unfortunately for the Bucs, Texas A&M ended up winning the third and deciding frame, 1-0 (7) to advance to the tournament’s final.
Biosca and Ribeiro finish the season with a record of 14-7, including an impressive 4-1 mark against nationally ranked opponents.
#8 Arthur Rinderknech-Jackson Withrow (Texas A&M) def. #63 David Biosca-Rogerio Ribeiro (ETSU), 6-2, 5-7, 1-0 (7)
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