NCAA Men's Tennis ACCtion: Sunday, May 29
May 29, 2011
STANFORD, Calif. - Virginia senior Michael Shabaz (Fairfax, Va.) had his run at the 2011 NCAA Singles Championship come to an end with a 7-6(4), 4-2 (ret.) loss to top-seeded Steve Johnson of USC in the semifinals on Sunday at the Taube Tennis Center. With the loss, Shabaz concludes his career and Virginia's 2010-11 season comes to an end.
In the first set, both players served well and dropped just a total of six points on their serve over the first 10 games, as the match was tied at 5-5. Shabaz then saved two break points to hold for a 6-5 lead. With Johnson serving to stay in the set, Shabaz had a set point at 30-40. During the rally, Shabaz hit a shot that hit baseline and was ruled good by the linesman in front of the play, but was overruled as long by the chair umpire. Johnson eventually held serve to force a breaker. In the breaker, the players remained on serve until Johnson went up a mini-break at 5-3. Serving at 5-4, Johnson won a pair of points to win the opening set.
STANFORD, Calif. - Facing another familiar opponent Sunday in the semifinals of the NCAA Doubles Championship, Georgia Tech's Kevin King and Juan Spir saw their season come to an end with a 6-4, 7-6 loss to fourth-seeded Jeff Dadamo and Austin Krajicek of Texas A&M.
The Tech duo, which had knocked off the championship's top seed Friday and the seventh seed Saturday, completed the deepest run by a Yellow Jackets' doubles team ever, matching the effort by Walter Johnson and Paul Speicher in 1966. That performance combined with teammate Guillermo Gomez' run to the round of 16 in singles and Tech's run to the round of 16 in the team championship made this one of the best years in the history of the men's tennis program.
"Full credit goes to Texas A&M," said Tech coach Kenny Thorne. "They played extremely well and we just couldn't quite steal the momentum away. Our guys fought like champions and represented Georgia Tech extremely well. They will hold their heads high leaving here. I'm proud of our Yellow Jackets!!"