King and Spir Fall in USTA/ITA National Semifinals

Nov. 6, 2010

Results

Flushing, N.Y. – The Georgia Tech doubles team of Kevin King and Juan Spir, who had knocked off the nation’s top-ranked doubles team Friday, could not get by the nation’s No. 4 team Saturday, coming up short in a three-set thriller to Texas A&M in semifinals of the USTA/ITA National Collegiate Indoor Championships.

King and Spir, who qualified for the nationals by winning the Southeast Regional last week in Gainesville, Fla., lost to Jeff Dadamo and Austin Krajicek of Texas A&M, 6-4, 6-7 (8), 7-6 (6).

“From the first set on, it was an absolute battle on both sides,” said Tech head coach Kenny Thorne. “In the third set, we got up a break a couple of times, but we gave them a few too many second-serve looks. In the tiebreaker, they made some returns that were phenomenal, so you have to give them all the credit.

“From the first tournament to now, I’m extremely encouraged by how much Kevin and Juan have improved. They should be very proud of themselves. They had a great tournament here, beating two top-10 teams.”

The Tech duo finished their fall campaign with a 15-4 record, having won the Southeast Regional and finishing as the runner-up in the Southern Intercollegiate Championship. They are ranked No. 43 in the nation, and have beaten two top-10 teams and a third top-25 team.

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