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Jarmere Jenkins lost in the singles final before teaming with Mac Styslinger for the doubles victory.
Virginia's Jarmere Jenkins (left) and Mac Styslinger celebrate after their win in a doubles match against Texas's Chris Camillone and David Holiner in the NCAA men's tennis championship at the Atkins Tennis Center on Monday in Urbana, Ill.
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
URBANA, Ill. — The Virginia duo of Jarmere Jenkins and Mac Styslinger won the NCAA doubles title on Monday, beating Chris Camillone and David Holiner of Texas 3-6, 6-2, 6-4.
Jenkins fell just shy of winning the triple crown, losing to Blaz Rola of Ohio State 7-6 (8), 6-4 in the singles final. Jenkins played No. 1 on the Cavaliers’ NCAA champion men’s team.
Nicole Gibbs of Stanford repeated as women’s champion after routing a hobbled Mary Weatherholt of Nebraska 6-2, 6-4.
Jenkins and Styslinger are Virginia’s third NCAA doubles champions, joining Michael Shabaz and Dominic Inglot, who won in 2009, and Shabaz and Drew Courtney who won the following year.
Monday’s doubles final started outdoors before the rains came and moved the rest of the match inside.
The Texas team took the first set, but the Cavalier duo broke Holiner’s serve to go up 3-1 in the second before evening the match. Jenkins and Styslinger fell behind 3-2 in the deciding set, but rallied for a 6-4 victory.
In the men’s final, Rola fought off a set point in the first-set tiebreaker before breaking Jenkins to win the set.
“Unbelievable,” Rola said. “It was tough. The conditions were not easy; very hot, humid and windy. But I kept my mind relaxed and fought for every point.”
Rola won the title on a disputed match point. His forehand landed near the line and was called in. Jenkins jumped up and down and pointed at a scuff mark where he said the ball landed. After the match, Rola conceded the ball appeared to have been out.
“I saw the mark [Jenkins] was pointing at, and if that was the ball mark, then unfortunately it was out of bounds,” Rola said. “But, you know, that’s tennis.”
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