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Jackson Withrow Texas A&M

The Texas A&M doubles team of Jackson Withrow (right) and Arthur Rinderknech during Sunday's NCAA championship semifinals in Tulsa, Okla.

Jackson Withrow has a chance to exit college tennis the same way he finished his junior career — with a national doubles championship.

The former state champion from Omaha Burke and his Texas A&M teammate, Arthur Rinderknech, advanced to the NCAA doubles championship match with a 6-2, 5-7, 1-0 (7) semifinal win against East Tennessee State’s David Biosca and Rogerio Ribeiro on Sunday in Tulsa.

Withrow and Rinderknech will play second-seeded Mackenzie McDonald and Martin Redlicki of UCLA for the title Monday. McDonald is also in the singles final.

The A&M duo reeled off the final four games to pull away in the first set. After dropping the second set, Withrow and Rinderknech overcame a 4-1 deficit in the third-set match tiebreaker to win it 10-7.

Withrow capped his junior tennis career by winning the USTA 18s Gold Ball in doubles with Lincoln native Jack Sock. Withrow, a three-time doubles All-American for the Aggies, was out of competitive tennis for 18 months and missed the entire 2015 season after three wrist surgeries.

The NCAA granted him a medical redshirt, and Withrow has taken full advantage of his sixth year. Withrow went 16-3 in singles this season playing anywhere from Nos. 3 through 6. He’s posted a 16-5 record in doubles with Rinderknech, including four straight wins in the NCAA Tournament.

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Ron Powell is a longtime prep writer for the Journal Star. He covers high school football, boys basketball and track as well as state college football and Husker and professional tennis.

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