May 29, 2006
PALO ALTO, Calif. - University of Illinois All-Americans Kevin Anderson and Ryan Rowe captured the 2006 NCAA men's doubles championship at Stanford's Taube Tennis Center on Monday afternoon. The fourth-ranked and third-seeded sophomore tandem improved to 23-1 and won their 11th consecutive match with a 6-2, 6-4 win against the No. 2 seeded team of Andre Begemann and Scott Doerner of the 2006 national champion Pepperdine team.
"Ryan and I have had a great semester playing together," Anderson said. "It doesn't get any better than this - this has been a great experience. We had the opportunity to prove that we're the number one doubles team in the country and we took advantage of it."
"I feel great," Rowe said. "We had to battle early in the tournament and we started playing our best towards the end. Right now I'm just enjoying the moment and I look forward to improving my game this summer.
"Today was one of our best matches," Rowe continued. "It was probably our best match of the year. We hit our serves, used our size to our advantage and it all came together."
"They played a great match," Begmann said. "We won the National Title last week and we were playing great in doubles, this week was a really great week. Scott and I played really great tennis in doubles. These guys came out big today. We lost the first set 6-2 and after that we tried to keep the positive energy, and we were hoping to get our chance in the second set, but they were playing too good. They were just too good today."
Anderson and Rowe are the third Illinois doubles team to win a NCAA doubles championship. In 2000, Graydon Oliver and Cary Franklin captured the title and Rajeev Ram and Brian Wilson added a doubles title to an Illinois team and singles championship at the 2003 NCAAs.
2006 NCAA Doubles Championship Results
No. 4 Anderson/Rowe (3), Illinois def. No. 3 Andre Begemann/Scott Doerner (2), Pepperdine; 6-2, 6-4
No. 4 Anderson/Rowe (3), Illinois def. No. 27 Rafeal Abreu/Jordan Freitas, TCU; 6-4, 7-5
No. 4 Anderson/Rowe (3), Illinois def. No. 29 Miguel Reyes Varela/Callum Beale, Texas; 6-2, 6-2
Round of 16
No. 4 Anderson/Rowe (3), Illinois def. No. 20 Strahinja Bobusic/Colin Purcell, Georgia; 6-4, 5-7, 6-4
Round of 32
No. 4 Anderson/Rowe (3), Illinois def. No. 16 James Pade/KC Corkery, Stanford; 4-6, 7-6, 6-4
Kevin Anderson (above) and Ryan Rowe captured the NCAA doubles title.