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Codie and Connor van Schalkwyk Downed in Fall ITA Final, 7-5, 6-3


SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- The run by Codie van Schalkwyk and Connor van Schalkwyk came to an end on Sunday as they dropped a 7-5, 6-3 decision to third-seeded Ozan Baris and Max Sheldon of Michigan State at the Barnes Tennis Center.

"It was a tough one today, such a close first set, we had 5-4 40-40 set point, but they executed a great return play. These type of matches are about small details and today it didn't really go our way," said ODU Associate Head Coach Othmane Lalami. "Hats off to the Michigan State team, they were really good, and played a flawless match. So, huge credit to them."

The van Schalkwyks went 4-1 on the week and had a win over the 13th-ranked duo from Texas Christian to advance to Sunday's final.

"Now about Codie and Connor, what a great Fall. Making the Fall Nationals final is a massive accomplishment and I'm so proud of them for that," said Lalami. They represented ODU amazingly with their tennis and sportsmanship and fully deserve this run and the ranking that will come with it."