The UVa men's tennis team won its first national championship in school history beating UCLA 4-3 Tuesday in the NCAA finals in Urbana, Illinois. Virginia is the first ACC school to win a national championship in men's tennis.
Mitchell Frank clinched the championship with a come-from-behind 0-6, 6-4, 7-5 victory at No. 3 singles over Adrien Puget in the decisive match. Frank, who was down a break in the third set, saved a team match point before rallying for victory.
"I don't think it has set in yet but it's a great feeling to win this championship," said head coach Brian Boland. "I am just so happy for the players, not just the current players, but the former players as well. They didn't have this moment, but we wouldn't be here today without them. I believe it was just a matter of time. I didn't know when it would happen, but this is a great moment for the University of Virginia."
Virginia won the doubles point. Justin Shane won his match at #5 singles 6-2, 6-2 to give Virginia a 2-0 lead. Jarmere Jenkins won his match at #1 singles 7-6, 6-3 to Virginia a 3-2 lead. Franks' wins at #3 singles clinched the win.
Mitchell Frank deserved this moment because of the hard work he puts into this game," said Boland. "He didn't play his best, but he hung in there and kept fighting. That is who he is, a warrior. That said, no team deserves to lose that match. I feel for UCLA, we have been where they are. They played a great match and put themselves in a position to win, just like we did, and today it fell our way."
Alex Domijan lost at #2 singles 4-6, 4-6. Mac Styslinger lost at #4 singles 4-6, 3-6 which tied the match at 2-2. Julen Uriguen lost at #6 singles 6-4, 3-6, 2-6.
The Cavaliers had lost in the NCAA finals the previous two years to USC.