The Oklahoma men's tennis duo of senior Andrew Harris and junior Spencer Papa won the 2017 NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Doubles Championship on Monday in Athens, Ga. The pair are the first Sooners in program history to win an individual national championship and third in Big 12 history to earn the doubles title.
Harris and Papa fought out of an early hole to take down the nation's No. 1-ranked duo of Robert Loeb and Jan Zielinski of host school Georgia 6-4, 6-2, 1-0(6) Monday in front of more than 400 fans at the Dan Magill Tennis Center.
The Sooners trailed at the midway point, as they under one set to none and were down 2-0 in the second set. That's when Oklahoma made its stand. OU's newly-minted national champions won six straight games to take the second set 6-2 and force a deciding tiebreaker.
In the extra frame the Sooners pounced early, taking a mini break to lead 4-1, and never looked back. The Sooners got it to six match points before finishing at 10-6 to claim the national title.
Harris and Papa won five matches en route to the title, including victories over teams ranked No. 23, No. 6, No. 3, No. 4, before capping the championship by beating the No. 1 team in the nation Monday in the final.
By virtue of their win, Harris and Papa earn a wild card berth into the 2017 US Open doubles draw at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York City.
Monday's championship finish for Harris and Papa ends the Sooners' 2017 season after a legendary run through the individual championships.
For the full NCAA Championship Bracket visit NCAA.com.