May 25, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. -
Alabama's 28th-ranked duo of Jarryd Botha and Ricky Doverspike fell 6-3, 7-5, in the Round of 16 at the NCAA Doubles Championship to the No. 2 seed team of Steve Johnson and Roberto Quiroz on Friday. Botha and Doverspike end the season with a 13-7 overall record.
"We played what is clearly one of the best doubles teams in the nation along with the most dominant college player of the last few years in Steve Johnson," said Alabama head coach Billy Pate. "We had our chances and just missed on a few opportunities, but great teams force those mistakes."
The first set was on serve until Johnson and Quiroz broke for the 5-3 lead. The Trojan duo would hold serve in the next game to take the opening set and would pick up an early break in the second for the 2-1 edge. Botha and Doverspike broke back to get the set on serve until another late break for Johnson and Quiroz put the Southern Cal duo in front 6-5. They would, again, be in position to serve for the set and the match.
"We pressed just a bit and came up just short, however, I'm very proud of this doubles team and for the strides they made this year, particularly in the last few weeks," added Pate. "We'll sorely miss Ricky and his tremendous contributions to this team, however, this experience will be extremely beneficial for Jarryd as he approaches his senior year."
No. 2 Johnson/Quiroz (USC) def. No. 28 Botha/Doverspike (UA) 6-3, 7-5