Forman and Parr Fall in NCAA Doubles Quarterfinals
May 23, 2009
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The Wake Forest doubles team of senior Cory Parr and junior Steven Forman saw their 2009 season come to an end on Saturday, as the All-American duo fell in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Doubles Tournament at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center on the campus of Texas A&M.
The second-seeded team of Davey Sandgren and John-Patrick Smith of Tennessee took down the Demon Deacons in three sets 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-3.
Forman and Parr had to rally in the second set to post the win and force a third set. With Tennessee serving for the match, Wake Forest broke the serve to tie the set at 5-5. The two teams held server over the next two games to force a tiebreaker.
The Volunteers held the early advantage in the tiebreaker, 3-2, but the Deacons scored three straight points to take the lead for good at 5-3 before finishing with a 7-4 win.
In the third and deciding set, Tennessee broke Wake Forest's serve in the sixth game to take a 4-2 advantage. The Volunteers then held serve to post the 6-3 win.
The loss snapped Forman's and Parr's streak of eight straight doubles wins. The streak dated back to Wake Forest's regular season finale against Virginia Tech.
Forman and Parr, who were seeded in the top eight seeds of the draw, had won each of their first two doubles matches in the NCAA Tournament this week. The Deacs took down Kentucky's Bruno Agostinelli and Brad Cox 6-3, 7-6 (5) in the opening round on Thursday.
Forman and Parr then advanced to the NCAA doubles quarterfinals for the second straight season with a 7-5, 6-3 defeat of Oklahoma State's Nathan Byrnes and Oleksandr Nedovyesov on Friday.
This marked the third straight season that Wake Forest had a doubles team advance to the NCAA quarterfinals. Forman and Parr accomplished the feat in 2008, falling to Bram ten Berge and Matthias Wellermann of Ole Miss in the quarterfinals. In 2007, Todd Paul and Mariusz Adamski made it all the way to the NCAA doubles final four.
Parr ends his illustrious four-year Wake Forest career as the all-time wins leader in program history. He and Forman also combined to become Wake Forest's first tennis national champions, winning the ITA national doubles tournament last November.
As a team, Wake Forest advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 for the second time in the past three seasons. The Deacons, who ended the year ranked No. 17 in the country, finished 22-10 overall to come within one victory of the program record.