Men's Doubles Finals

FINALS
Dominic Inglot/Michael Shabaz (Virginia) def. (2) Davey Sandgren/John-Patrick Smith (Tennessee), 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-4

NOTES

Inglot and Shabaz, ranked No. 12 nationally in the Campbell/ITA Collegiate Tennis Rankings, captured the University of Virginia’s third-ever NCAA individual championship title in men’s tennis next to back-to-back singles titles by Somdev Devvarman in 2007 and 2008. It was the first national title in men’s doubles for the Cavaliers and an Atlantic Coast Conference-member school. The Virginia tandem were the first unseeded doubles team to win it all since Rajeev Ram and Brian Wilson of Illinois in 2003. UVA defeated three seeded players en route to their national title run including top-seeded Jonas Berg and Bram ten Berge of Ole Miss in the opening round.

QUOTES

Michael Shabaz (Virginia):
“To be honest, Dom (Inglot) came up with some huge returns today. The biggest returns came in the tiebreaker. Davey (Sandgren) hit a good serve and Dom ripped it and he (Tennessee’s John-Patrick Smith) missed the volley which gave us kind of a mini break. Once we had that second-set tiebreaker, we felt like we were going to win it. We just had to somehow get into a third set, which was huge. They were all over our returns and on the first game, we really should have held throughout 40-love, but J.P. hit some unbelievable backhand returns down the line. Give them credit. They were all over it, but, we didn’t feel like they could keep returning like that. We had to keep mixing up our serves and giving them different looks, then, we started getting on our returns which paid off. It’s an awesome feeling (winning the national championship). We have worked hard all year. I think this win means much more than one year of work – this goes back when you’re a little kid playing tennis. I am so happy for Dom, because he is a senior and it’s a great way for him to go out. We’ve been here (in College Station) for 16 days now. We discussed that if we were going to stay here, we might as well go for it. It heals things a little easier, because we were the top seed in the team tournament and that didn’t go well. We are really happy with the results today.”

Dominic Inglot (Virginia):
“It means a lot, not just for me, but to my coaches and teammates as well. One of the reasons I wanted to come to Virginia was due to the fact that I knew that it was a place where I could win championships and ACC titles. All credit to (Virginia head coach) Brian Boland. You want to be behind someone who is going to help you do that. I’ve had a great career. We have won three ACC titles and to top it off with a national championship is just great. To finish (the tournament) without a loss at the end is very special. I wish I could share this with the other guys on the team right now. We didn’t have much of a sniff on (Tennessee’s J.P.) Smith’s serve all day. He had been serving so well that I didn’t know if he had a break point the whole time. It was just basically hit or miss. At that point, we were just thinking, ‘let’s just do what feels comfortable. Whatever happens. Don’t think about getting a feel of it, just hit it and let your subconscious mind take it to wherever it wants to go.’ We just reacted and tried to keep it going. To get a national championship after years of being so close, it means a lot to me.”

Davey Sandgren (Tennessee):
“We played a pretty amazing first set. We didn’t make any mistakes. We made most of our returns. We played extremely well. Then in the second set, they served really well and it came down to a tiebreak. They missed one first serve in the tiebreaker. They served extremely well today, especially for an outdoors doubles match. They played a good game to break me in the third. We relied on our serves a lot in other matches, so we know how to handle the pressure when we serve. They came up big today.”

John-Patrick Smith (Tennessee):
“It was a good season for us. We were relatively new playing together in the fall. We built a lot, especially moving across, and we’ve become a force in the doubles lineup. Throughout the last part of the season, we just started to play great from the SEC tournament to the first and second rounds of the regional to the individuals here in doubles. We really have improved a lot and have a lot to be happy about.”

Head Coach Sam Winterbotham (Tennessee):
“These two guys have given us an unbelievable effort this year. It is a testament to both of them. Davey Sandgren just worked on his doubles all year. They came together as a team. They were so committed to one another throughout this whole tournament and this whole year. Tennessee wants more of these kind of guys who will come out everyday and work to get better. (Tennessee Associate Head Coach) Chris (Woodruff) and I could not be more proud of how they represented our university. Today was a tremendous tennis match. Virginia won it. Tennessee didn’t lose it, Virginia just won it. You have to give Virginia all the credit in the world for that. I’m just so proud of what these guys have done, how they have competed today and how they have competed all year. They are champions.”

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