May 30, 2004
TULSA, OK-K.C. Corkery and Sam Warburg of Stanford defeated Clemson’s Jarmaine Jenkins and Nathan Thompson 6-1, 6-7, 7-6 in the semifinal round of the NCAA Men’s Doubles Individual Tournament at Tulsa, OK Sunday evening.
This was the first time since 1987 that the Tigers have had a doubles team to reach the final four in the NCAA Individual Doubles Tournament. This is only the second Clemson’s doubles team to reach the semifinals of the NCAA Individual Doubles Tournament. The Tigers’ Vince Van Gelderen and Kent Kinnear were defeated in the semifinals in 1987.
Jenkins and Thompson finished the year with a 24-20 record overall as a doubles team.
“It was a tough match,” said Clemson’s Nathan Thompson. “The little things made a big difference. They played well. They made the balls when they needed to. We had our chances to win, but I give credit to Stanford.” “We made a good run, but our goal was to win the tournament,” continued Thompson. “But, it doesn’t work out all of the time. You just put your best effort out there.”
The doubles team of Thompson and Jenkins had upset two seeded teams in the tournament, including the upset win over top-seeded Richard Barker and William Barker of Rice on Saturday. Thompson and Jenkins are also 2004 All-Americans in doubles.
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