After defeating three top-five doubles teams on its way to the NCAA Men’s Tennis Championships, the Texas tandem of Chris Camilone and David Holiner weren’t as fortunate in their championship finals match against the tournament’s No. 4-seed, Virginia.
The unseeded Longhorns, the first Texas pair to reach the NCAA doubles finals since 1995, jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the first set before the match was moved indoors at the Atkins Tennis Center at the University of Illinois because of rain. Texas went on to win the first set 6-3, but fell in the next two sets, 6-2, 6-4.
The Texas doubles pair had defeated top-seeded Tennessee, follwed by Georgia, the five seed, and the No. 3-seeded doubles team from Mississippi to reach the championship match on Monday.
Camilone and Holiner were ranked No. 8 in the country to start the season, but had dropped to 41st coming into the NCAA Championships. The Longhorn doubles pair finished the season with an 18-9 record and ended their three year together with a cumulative record of 39-20.
Five singles players from the Big 12 and five doubles teams were stil alive after two rounds in the NCAA Individual Tennis Championships, but the Texas doubles team of Camilone and Holiner was the only one to make it all the way to the finals. Texas’ sensational freshman singles player Breaunna Addison advanced to the semifinals before being ousted by defending national champion Nicole Gibbs of Stanford.