ATHENS, Ga. -- The 2014 tennis season came to a close for the Big 12 Conference on Sunday as Soren Hess-Olsen (Texas) and Arjun Kadhe/Jakob Sude (Oklahoma State) were eliminated from the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships.
Two-time All-American Soren Hess-Olesen ended one of the most successful seasons in Texas Men's Tennis history in the semifinal round of the NCAA Singles Championship on Sunday afternoon at Dan Magill Tennis Complex, losing to UCLA's second-ranked Marcos Giron 7-5, 6-3.
Hess-Olesen took early leads of 2-0 and 4-1 in the first set after serving a love game to open the match and breaking Giron's first service game. Giron responded with two breakers -- the first to pull within one, 4-3, and the second to take a 6-5 lead -- and served for the 7-5 first-set win.
In the second set, Giron went up two breaks for a 3-0 lead. Hess-Olesen answered by curring his deficit to one at 3-2 and 4-3, before Giron won the last two games to clinch the set and the match, 6-3.
Hess-Olesen concludes his junior season as UT's first NCAA Singles Championship semifinalist in 21 years, an ITA All-American in both singles and doubles, and the Big 12 Player of the Year. The Denmark native earned a combined 62 wins in singles and doubles this season, including 32 against nationally ranked opponents.
Oklahoma State men’s tennis standouts Arjun Kadhe and Jakob Sude saw their semifinal run at the NCAA Doubles Championships come to an end on Sunday, falling to No. 3 Kobelt/Metka of Ohio State, 7-6(2), 6-3, at the Dan Magill Tennis Center in Athens, Ga.
The 14th-ranked Cowboy duo took the Buckeyes to a first set tiebreaker and held serve deep into the second, but a late Ohio State break put the match at bay, sending the Buckeyes into tomorrow’s championship match.
The postseason run caps one of the strongest seasons in the years for the Cowboys, who earned a spot in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in five years before falling to USC, the eventual national champion, in the second round. Kadhe and Sude’s three victories in the doubles bracket nearly doubled the Cowboys’ all-time win mark in NCAA doubles play.
As a duo, Kadhe and Sude finish the year at 15-3 and stand as the most successful Cowboy doubles duo to appear in postseason competition. Both of the Cowboys will go into the 2014-15 season as Big No. 1 Champions, All-Americans and one of the most decorated doubles teams in the country.