It ended with an ace.
Andrew Lutschaunig and James Trotter fought off a tough Texas duo to take both sets of the NCAA Men's Tennis Doubles finals and become national champions, as Trotter smashed home an ace to end the match 6-4, 6-4 in Orlando, FL on Saturday.
The defining moment of the match came in the second set, as the Buckeyes broke Texas' serve with some incredible footwork:
Buckeyes break again at 4-4 and will serve for the match!! pic.twitter.com/4YU34HXF14— Ohio State M Tennis (@OhioStateMTEN) May 27, 2023
This was the second consecutive season that the Men's Doubles final came down to a Texas/Ohio State matchup, and Lutschaunig and Trotter become just the second men's duo to take home a championship, after Chase Buchanan and Blaz Rola won it in 2012.
This was the third meeting this season between the two teams and Lutschaunig and Trotter came out on top in all three meetings. They won 6-3 on Feb. 5 inside the Ty Tucker Tennis Center and then won 6-4 at the ITA Indoor Team National Championships on Feb. 18. [...]
Overall, Lutschaunig and Trotter finished with a record of 18-8 this season. Trotter was 29-1 in singles and 22-8 in doubles while Lutschaunig finished with a team-high tying 31 doubles wins. He entered the year with a total of 20 career doubles victories. [...]
Trotter was also a singles All-American this season, marking the first two All-America honors of his career.
Congrats to both as they end the Ohio State tennis season on a high note.
2023 NCAA Doubles National Champions!! pic.twitter.com/rFDMYuoRes— Ohio State M Tennis (@OhioStateMTEN) May 27, 2023