One day after taking down Baylor's 8th-seeded doubles team of Julien Lenz and Diego Galeano in Waco in the NCAA semifinals, Texas' 19th-seeded doubles team of seniors Lloyd Glasspool and Soren Hess-Olesen claimed the NCAA doubles national championship with a 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 win over Texas Tech's No. 22 seeded Hugo Dojas and Felipe Soares.
"To see two outstanding seniors win a national championship in their last match at Texas is an amazing feeling," Texas tennis coach Michael Center said. "They played with no fear today and had so much determination and grit to finish their careers strong."
Maybe Glasspool and Hess-Olesen's toughest match happened in the Round of 32, when they knocked off USC's No. 2 seeded duo of Yanick Hanfmann and Roberto Quiroz, 6-3, 1-6, 6-2.
Then, the Texas tandem took down four straight Big 12 opponents: TCU's No. 30 seeded team of Trevor Johnson and Cameron Norrie, 6-4, 6-0; and Oklahoma State's No. 24-seeded team of Arjun Kadhe and Jakob Sude, 6-4, 6-2; before taking down Baylor's Galeano/Lenz in Waco (Baylor hosted the NCAA Championships) and Tech's Dojas/Soares.
Glasspool and Hess-Olesen are the sixth pair of Longhorns to win an NCAA doubles national title and the first since 1944, when John Hickman and Felix Kelley won it all for the Longhorns - 71 years ago. UT has won NCAA doubles titles in 1923, 1924, 1931, 1943, 1944 and 2015.
The final was scheduled to start at 2 pm CT but was delayed more than two hours by a tornado warning that drove competitors and fans to seek shelter in Baylor's Ferrell Center. The match ultimately started at 4:45 pm CT indoors at the Hawkins Tennis Center.
"We were both excited from the minute we woke up," Hess-Olesen said. "No matter what time it would have been, we would have been ready. This was our last college match ever. And it is not often when you play for a national title. We were ready no matter the circumstances."
Glasspool and Hess-Olesen dominated the first set with two service breaks.
"We came out very strong," Glasspool said. "We made a lot of first serves and a lot of returns. We were pretty dominant in the first set, and I think they lacked a little bit of energy because we came out so strong."
Texas Tech's doubles team battled back in the second set to force a third and final set.
"The third set was like a roller coaster ride," Hess-Olesen said. "We broke and went up 4-2, and I got pretty nervous and didn't make first serves. They got back, and then Lloyd played unbelievable in the last two games and got us through."