ATHENS, Ga. - College of Charleston's No. 67-ranked doubles tandem comprised of junior Kyle Parker (Richmond, Va.) and senior Mickael Trintignac (Le Cannet, France) claimed two service breaks to win 6-3 in the first set, but it wasn't enough to keep their historic postseason run alive falling in the best-of-three first-round match at the 2012 NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Doubles Championship held Thursday at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex on the campus of host University of Georgia.
The first men's tennis players in program history to advance to the NCAA individual tournament in singles or doubles, Parker and Trintignac were defeated by the No. 17-ranked identical twin duo of Chris and Marcel Thiemann of Ole Miss, 3-6, 6-2, 6-4. The Cougar duo had several chances throughout the match to continue to make history with a love-game to open the second set and nearly gaining a service break at 4-3 in the third set to tie it up at four-all against the Rebels.
They finished out the season compiling an 18-5 overall record and were one of 14 automatic qualifiers nationally and the lone doubles team representing the Southern Conference.
"I was really proud of our guys today," CofC Head Coach Jay Bruner said. "We had a chance and had a lot of opportunities to do something even more special than we had already accomplished this season. We are sad to see Guga (Trintignac) go, but it was a nice way to close out his career at the College of Charleston."
Parker and Trintignac were among the 32 teams who made it to Athens and were also members of CofC's SoCon Tournament championship team which made its first NCAA appearance since 2003.
2012 NCAA MEN'S TENNIS DOUBLES CHAMPIONSHIP
May 24-28, 2012
Dan Magill Tennis Complex
at Athens, Ga.
(#17) Chris Thiemann-Marcel Thiemann (Ole Miss) def. (#67) Kyle Parker-Mickael Trintignac (CofC), 3-6, 6-2, 6-4.