Texas’ Chris Camillone and David Holiner defeated their third consecutive top-5 opponent to advance to the finals of the NCAA Men’s Doubles Championship Sunday evening at the Atkins Tennis Center in Urbana, Ill.
The unseeded team of Camillone and Holiner toppled No. 3 seed Nik Scholtz and Jonas Lutjen of Mississippi in three sets (6-2, 5-7, 6-3) to become the first NCAA doubles finalists from Texas since 1995. The duo defeated the draw’s No. 1 seed Friday and the No. 5 seed Saturday to reach the semifinals.
Texas is seeking its first NCAA Doubles title in the modern era and sixth in the program’s history. Camillone and Holiner will face No. 4 seed Jarmere Jenkins and Mac Styslinger of Virginia to decide a doubles national champion.
Camillone and Holiner played to a 2-2 tie in the first set and went on a seven-game run, including three service breaks, to win the first set 6-2 and take a 3-0 lead in the second set.
Scholtz and Lutjen shifted momentum in the second set with three service breaks to take a 6-5 lead. After an hour-and-a-half rain delay, the No. 3 seed team from Mississippi won the second set, 7-5. Their momentum continued into the third set, jetting to a 3-1 lead over the Longhorns.
Camillone and Holiner clawed back in the third set by holding serve in the ensuing game and tying the set, 3-3, with a service break. The two Texas natives would not lose another game, going on win to the third and deciding set, 6-3.
In women’s action, UT’s Breaunna Addison’s historic run through the singles draw ended in the semifinals. The first-semester Texas freshman suffered a 6-1, 6-1 defeat at the hands of defending NCAA singles champion Nicole Gibbs of Stanford. Addison was the first Longhorn to reach the NCAA singles semifinals in 18 years.
Monday’s doubles national title match will begin no later than 2 p.m. CT at the Atkins Tennis Center – after the singles national title match is complete. Video coverage of the match will be on NCAA.com.