Parr/Forman Sting Buckeyes with Third-Set Comeback
May 23, 2008
TULSA, Okla. - If there was any doubt about the All-American status of Cory Parr and Steven Forman, the Wake Forest duo proved they were worthy of the title on Friday. The team rallied to win four consecutive games in a tiebreaker set to take a 6-3, 1-6, 7-5 victory over Ohio State's 10th-ranked Bryan Koniecko/Steven Moneke pair in the Round of 16 at the NCAA Doubles Championship.
Parr and Forman improved to 22-8 for the year and will face the 21st-ranked Ole Miss team of Bram ten Berge and Matthias Wellermann on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET.
After splitting sets, the Deacs fell behind early in the deciding contest and found themselves serving with a 5-3 deficit. After Wake Forest inched forward by taking the game, the Buckeye pair looked to seal a quick win, serving for the match victory. But it wasn't in the cards for Ohio State, as Wake Forest stunned its opponents by fighting back to win three more games for a 7-5 win and a berth in the quarterfinals.
"They had a rough start to that third set," Wake Forest head coach Jeff Zinn said. "But then all of a sudden Steve and Cory just turned it on. There was no looking back after that, they knew they had it."
Forman and Parr's win marks the second consecutive season Wake Forest has sent a team to the NCAA Doubles quarterfinals. In 2007, Todd Paul and Mariusz Adamski shined in their tournament run, taking out the top-seeded team in the Round of 8 before bowing out in the semifinals.
"I'm really proud of the guys' effort today," Zinn said. "They got the All-American title because they earned a seed in this tournament, but I feel like today they really proved themselves."
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