Seniors Fall Short in National Championship

Gonzalo Escobar and Raony Carvalho were able to piece together an impressive run to get into the National Championship, but fell just short in the title match.

On a rainy day in Athens, Georgia, the dream of bringing home a NCAA Doubles National Championship came to an end as did the collegiate careers for two Texas Tech seniors.

The 18th-ranked duo of Gonzalo Escobar and Raony Carvalho had their impressive run in the tourney coming to an end with a loss, but not to just any team – the top-ranked doubles team in the country.

The Tech seniors could not muster up yet another upset victory as the No. 1 duo from Ohio State, Chase Buchanan and Blaz Rola, were able to roll in a two-set, 7-6, 6-3 victory to win the National Championship on Monday in the Dan McGill Tennis Complex.

Buchanan and Rola jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first set before Carvalho and Escobar were able to string together three-straight wins to grab a 3-1 lead.

But just as the Red Raider duo was able to put together a little run, as did the Buckeyes going on their own run winning three of the next four to grab a 5-4 advantage.

In a must-win situation, Carvalho and Escobar jumped out to a 30-Love lead before the rain started to fall.

At 1:53 p.m. (CT), play was stopped and the match was sent into a one hour and seven minute rain delay and the match was pushed indoors because of weather.

Tech was able to win the game that was in progress before the rain delay, but Ohio State was able to hold on and win the first set in a tiebreaker, 7-6.

With one set under their belts, the Buckeyes went to work grabbing a quick 2-0 lead in the second set.

Carvalho and Escobar fought back a few times pulling as close as a 4-3 deficit, but Buchanan and Rola were able to rattle off two-straight wins after that to clinch the match and the National Championship.

With the loss, the Tech duo finishes the season 14-2 overall, and 3-2 against opponents in the Top 10.

Despite falling in the National Championship, Carvalho and Escobar finish their careers as the winningest singles and doubles players in Red Raider history, and also All-American singles and doubles players as well.


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