Men's Doubles Results - Semifinals

SEMIFINALS
(2) Davey Sandgren/John-Patrick Smith (Tennessee) def. Tim Puetz/Alexey Tsyrenov (Auburn), 6-4, 6-2
Dominic Inglot/Michael Shabaz (Virginia) def. Clay Donato/Taylor Fogleman (North Carolina), 4-6, 6-4, 6-4

QUOTES

(2) Davey Sandgren (Tennessee):
“I thought we started off really strong. We came out really fired up and ready to go. We got an early break and served well throughout the rest of the first set. We had a couple of break points off of my serve, came out big and played really well. The (hour and a half) rain delay sort of cooled everything off. Then, he (Auburn’s Tim Puetz) pulled his groin in the first game that he was serving, so it was sort of anticlimactic for us. He seemed to go for his shots a lot more, especially on the returns. To his credit, he was able to get through it. He tried to move a lot in doubles, tried to cross a lot, tried to set the baseline and he tried to push back. He competed well (despite his injury).”

Michael Shabaz (Virginia):
“It was a battle from the start. We went up early and they played a few good games to break us twice towards the end of the first set. They (North Carolina’s Clay Donato and Taylor Fogleman) definitely had the momentum. Then the (hour and a half) rain delay came and it gave us a break to think about things a little bit. We started off well. We are pretty happy, especially since an hour into the match, it didn’t seem like things were going too well. It obviously means a lot to get through that match, because this was one of our goals coming into the tournament. We knew we had a long way to go and we still have some work to do, but it’s definitely exciting to be in the finals.”

Dominic Inglot (Virginia):
“We played the Tennessee (Davey Sandgren and John-Patrick Smith) pair last semester. Fortunately we won, but I think we were playing different sides then. I was playing on the Ad and Mike (Shabaz) was playing on the deuce. It’s going to be a little different. I think it might help us – the fact that we have beaten them before. But of course, this is a national championship match, so anything really goes. We know roughly what to expect from that last match. We’re going to go out there, do our best, and try to stick to the game tactics we are going to go over tonight. We kind of hoped we would be here in the finals of the team championship and it was disappointing not to be. This is going to be a chance for us to make up for that.”

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