URBANA, IL—The Aggie All-American duo of Junior Ore and Jackson Withrow defeated Elon’s tandem of Stefan Fortmann and Cameron Silverman, 7-6 (3), 6-3 to advance to the Round of 16 in the 2013 NCAA Doubles Championships being held at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex/Atkins Tennis Center in Urbana, Illinois.
“This match was a good start for our guys,” Texas A&M head coach Steve Denton said. “It was an odd first set in that we were up a double break at 5-2 and then things got complicated for us.”
“The guys regrouped and played a very good first set tiebreaker,” Denton added. “The conditions were really tough today with the wind and cold which made it very difficult to play well. We got down early in the second set but our guys refocused and finished very well. It will only get tougher from here on out. We will need to step up our intensity going forward.”
The last Aggie doubles team to compete in the NCAA Championships was the 2011 eventual NCAA Champions Austin Krajicek and Jeff Dadamo.
Ore is a junior from Gaithersburg, Maryland, and Withrow is a sophomore from Omaha, Nebraska. The Aggie tandem is currently ranked No. 8 in the ITA rankings.
The Round of 16 opponents are the No. 10-ranked duo from Georgia Tech Vikram Hundal and Juan Spir who defeated East Carolina doubles team, 4-6, 7-6 (3), 6-1. The match is slated to begin at 12:30 p.m. central on Friday.
The NCAA singles and doubles championship matches will be the best of three sets. Regular scoring and a 12-point tiebreaker at six games will be used for all matches.