Ohio State’s Andrew Lutschaunig and James Trotter will play for the NCAA men’s tennis doubles championship Saturday. The Buckeyes will go head-to-head with Texas’ Cleeve Harper and Eliot Spizzirri in the national championship match, which is scheduled to begin at approximately 11:30 a.m. Saturday.
Trotter and Lutschaunig advanced to the NCAA final with a comeback victory over Pepperdine’s Daniel De Jonge and Tim Zeitvogel in Friday’s semifinals, winning a second-set tiebreak and the superbreaker third-set to earn a 3-6, 7-6, 10-4 win.
It’s the second year in a row that a Buckeye pair will face a Longhorn duo in the NCAA men’s doubles final. Harper teamed with Richard Ciamarra to defeat Ohio State’s Robert Cash and Matej Vocel in last year’s national championship match. Trotter and Lutschaunig, who defeated Harper and Spizziri twice during the indoor season in February, will look to avenge last year’s loss by Cash and Vocel – and the Buckeyes’ loss to Virginia in Sunday’s team final – to bring a national championship back to Columbus.