Forman and Atkinson Drop Tough Decision to Tennessee in NCAA Doubles Quarterfinals
May 29, 2010
ATHENS, Ga. - The Wake Forest doubles team of senior Steven Forman and junior Iain Atkinson fell to Tennessee's Davey Sandgren and John-Patrick Smith Saturday afternoon in quarterfinal action of the NCAA Doubles Championships at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga.
The No. 2 ranked Tennessee tandem claimed the match in three sets, by a score of 7-6(4), 5-7, 6-3. Both teams were serving well on the afternoon, as each held serve for the entire first set to force a tiebreaker. Tennessee jumped out to an early 3-0 lead and would not relinquish that lead on their way to a 7-4 victory that allowed them to claim the first set, 7-6.
The second set followed much the same pattern as the first, and each team held serve for the first ten games. Wake Forest was finally able to break the Volunteers to take a 6-5 lead, and Forman rallied off a series of strong serves to give the Deacons a 7-5 victory.
Tennessee quickly jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the third set. Forman and Atkinson battled back to claim two consecutive games but Tennessee held on for an eventual 6-3 victory.
The match marked the conclusion of Forman's career as a Demon Deacon, and he will leave Wake Forest as one of the most successful and accomplished players in program history. His 103 doubles wins rank him second in school history behind former partner Cory Parr. Parr and Forman partnered in 2008 to claim the ITA National Indoors Doubles title, which marked the first ever national championship for the men's tennis program.
Forman is the only player in Wake Forest history to reach the quarterfinals of the NCAA Doubles Championships on three different occasions. Forman and Parr fell to Sandgren and Smith in three sets in the quarterfinals of last year's tournament.
In addition to playing in the top doubles position, Forman also spent the majority of the season at the top singles position for the Deacons. He compiled a record of 25-12 this season, and he currently ranks eighth in overall singles victories for Wake Forest.
Q: (2) Davey Sandgren/John-Patrick Smith def. Steven Forman/Iain Atkinson 7-6(4), 5-7, 6-3