Men's Doubles Quotes - Day One


(2) John-Patrick Smith (Tennessee):
“It’s really tough to play back-to-back singles and doubles. It’s the last tournament of the year, so you just have to give it everything. I owe it to my doubles partner to compete, even if I’m still in singles. We played solid throughout the whole match and I was really happy with how we played.”
(4) Nate Schnugg (Georgia):
“Houston (Barrick) and Sanam (Singh) are great players. We lost to them at the National Indoors (in the fall), so we came in here knowing how good they were. In the first set, Jamie (Hunt) was playing great and I just couldn’t make many returns. We ended up losing that one. We battled in the second and got down 5-4 in the third. That’s when we really started turning it on. We probably shouldn’t have waited until that long, but we got it done at the end. We were down 5-4, broke to stay in the match and that was big for us. It was a big momentum swing.”
Michael Shabaz (Virginia):
“It’s tough, because both teams are trying to play their first round and get used to it. We were trying to get the feel for it in the first couple of sets. They actually didn’t break us the whole match. They won the first set in a tiebreaker and we were actually up 5-3 in the breaker. It felt good to get a set in and just go from there. We took care of our serves. It definitely helped, since we didn’t get broken the whole match. Both of those guys (Ole Miss’ Jonas Berg and Bram ten Berge) are pretty good all around. It was tough to pick and choose which guy was weaker. It was tricky, too, because the wind was swirling in a circle so you really just had to play to where the wind swirled.”
Anton Stryhas (Sacramento State):
“When we started, we were pretty nervous. They (LSU’s Michael Venus and Neal Skupski) got an early break in the second game and we were down 3-0. Then we came back from being down 4-2, to break them 4-3. Then we kept serve and we went to the tiebreaker. In the tiebreaker, we were actually 3-6 down, which were three set points for them. We stayed tough, won three points and eventually won the tiebreaker. We played pretty well, were aggressive on the return and had a pretty good serve. In the second set, we went to the tiebreaker as well, but there were no breaks. We were just keeping our serve. On the tiebreaker, we were pretty confident. We broke them twice and then they broke us one time back. We just kept serving pretty well. We were pretty nervous, but being an underdog, you’re always more pumped and ready to win. I think it is harder for the ranked teams to play. We had an advantage, not tennis wise, but mentally wise.”
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