2009 NCAA DIVISION I CHAMPIONSHIPS Men's & Women's Doubles - May 22-25 at Texas A&M University
It was a first for the Cavaliers and yet another for the Bears at the NCAA Doubles Championship as unseeded Michael Shabaz & Dominic Inglot (above) took the title along with Mari Andersson-Jana Juricova (5-8).
Doubles got underway a day after singles with a number of top teams taking immediately leave. North Carolina'sSophie Grabinski & Sanaz Marand (4), Clemson'sAni Mijacika & Keri Wong (5-8),UCLA'sAndrea Remynse & Yasmin Schnack (3),Pepperdine'sOmar Altmann & Bassam Beidas (5-8), and LSU'sNeal Skupski & Michael Venus (3) were all casualties of day one. Not coincidentally, they also all had members who were playing singles out in the extreme heat earlier in the day.
The surprises continued as two seeded teams who are familiar with prestigious finals did not make it through the quarters. Georgia'sNate Schnugg & Jamie Hunt won the doubles at the U.S. Open Junior Championships in 2006,
over Texas A&M'sAustin Krajicek (who played with Jarmere Jenkins then and plays with Conor Pollack now). Heading into the semis both the Aggie and Bulldog teams were eliminated.
The men's semis were left with two unseeded teams on one side -- Dominic Inglot & Michael Shabaz of Virginia vs. Clay Donato & Taylor Fogleman of North Carolina -- and No. 2 seeded Davey Sandgren & John-Patrick Smith of
Tennessee to play against yet another unseeded duo, Tim Puetz & Alexey Tsyrenov of Auburn. It was Dominic & Michael winning along with the seeds, though they had a three-setter to finish before reaching the finals. For the women
all top four seeds had fallen, leaving 5-8 seeds Mari Andersson & Jana Juricova of California and Stanford'sLindsay Burdette & Hilary Barte as the top teams, both of which prevailed in their semifinal match.
Among the unexpected was the familiar as Stanford and California had produced quite a few doubles champions In fact, two of those were Lindsay's sister Erin for Stanford (2005) and current Coach Amanda Augustus for Cal (1998, 1999).
The men's doubles championship was a long close one with Virginia's Dominic Inglot & Michael Shabaz taking it and the Cavaliers first individual championships other than Somdev Devvarman's singles wins (2008,2007). On the women's side the Pac-10 battle went to
Mari Andersson & Jana Juricova (above), also in a close one that went down to a third set tiebreaker.