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Jenkins and Styslinger Win NCAA Doubles Championship

Garrett Brasseaux
Jamere Jenkins, of College Park, Ga.
By VirginiaSports.com
 
The Virginia duo of Jarmere Jenkins (College Park, Ga.) and Mac Styslinger (Birmingham, Ala.) won the fifth NCAA Individual title in school history, capturing the NCAA Doubles Championship over Chris Camillone and David Holiner of Texas 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 Monday at the Atkins Tennis Center. Earlier in the day, Jenkins' bid for the NCAA Tennis Triple Crown came up short as he suffered a 7-6(8), 6-4 loss to Blaz Rola of Ohio State in the NCAA Singles Final.
 
Jenkins and Styslinger become the third NCAA Doubles Champions in Virginia history. Michael Shabaz and Dominic Inglot won the title in 2009 and Shabaz defended his title the following year, teaming with Drew Courtney.
 
"I am so happy for Jarmere Jenkins to end his career this way, with a doubles national championship," said Virginia head coach Brian Boland. "He has put his heart and soul into our program for four years. He has had his ups and downs, but he hung in there and become a better player and a better person in the process. And what a performance Mac had today. He showed a lot of maturity to handle the situation and the pressure of this stage. That is impressive. He has learned that he plays his best tennis when he is aggressive, and he did that well today."
 
In the final, the Texas duo took an early 4-1 lead as the match started outdoors. As it has numerous times during the individual tournaments, thunderstorms came in and the rest of the match was played indoors. Each team held serve over the next four games as the Longhorn pair closed out the first set.
 
The Cavalier pair took a lead in the second set as they broke Holiner's serve to go up 3-1. They later broke Holiner's serve again four games later to close out the 6-2 set and force a third set.
 
In the final set, the Texas team took a 3-2 lead by breaking Styslinger's serve. The Cavalier pair answered by breaking Camillone in the next game to get back on serve at 3-3. Jenkins and Styslinger had two break points on Holiner's serve two games later, but couldn't take advantage and the final set was tied at 4-4. After Styslinger held at love for a 5-4 lead, the Cavalier pair broke Camillone in the next game to clinch the 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 victory.
 
"It is an incredible way to start my college career, winning two NCAA championships my freshman year," said Styslinger, who became the first freshman to win the NCAA doubles championship since 2003. "We just tried to play one point at a time and the rest of it took care of itself. I know what a competitor Jarmere is, so I knew he would put the disappointment of singles behind him and give everything he had left in him for doubles. I am just proud of what he accomplished this year and it was a thrill to play with him."
 
The championship capped the career of Jenkins, who ends his Cavalier career third in singles wins (140), seventh in doubles victories (111) and fifth in combined victories (251).

Brasseaux named to NCAA Men's All-Tournament Team
The Mandeville, La. native, Garrett Brasseaux, a junior at the University of Georgia, has been named to the NCAA Men’s Tennis Championships All-Tournament Team at No. 5 singles.
 
Brasseaux won both his singles matches in the round of 16 and quarterfinals, helping Georgia to be victorious over Oklahoma and Pepperdine. In the semifinals match, Brasseaux put forth a valiant effort against Virginia. He forced a third set by saving several match points before his match was unfinished, as Virginia picked up the decisive fourth point to win the match.
 
Brasseaux ended his singles fight at 28-11, helping him to finish his year 17-3 in dual matches. Brasseaux isn’t quite finished yet. He is competing, with his partner Nathan Pasha, in the NCAA Double Championships, set to begin today at the University of Illinois’ Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex.
 

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