Dojas-Soares fall in tiebreaker in NCAAs
TULSA, Okla. — Texas Tech duo Hugo Dojas and Felipe Soares were handed a hard-fought 5-7, 6-3, 1-0 (11) defeat against Texas A&M’s Arthur Rinderknech and Jackson Withrow in Friday’s Round of 16 at the NCAA Doubles Championships.
After trading breaks in the first two service games, Dojas and Soares claimed the opening set by a 7-5 margin with a late break. At 30-30, Soares delivered a monster forehand winner up the line. Dojas followed with a crosscourt forehand winner of his own which forced an A&M error on the volley. In set two, Rinderknech and Withrow answered with four of the last five games to take a 6-3 decision to send the match to a winner-take-all super tiebreaker.
The two teams split the first 12 points before Dojas and Soares surged ahead with three consecutive points to take a 9-6 edge. Dojas opened the flurry with a winner on a swinging forehand volley. However, the Aggies fired back and erased a trio of match points to knot the score at 9-9.
Dojas and Soares smacked forehead winners to make it 10-9 and 11-10, respectively. Texas A&M used another three-point run aided by a pair of errors on volleys.