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Virginia captures second title in three years

2015 Division I Men’s Tennis

The University of Virginia lost to only two teams this season, but picked the perfect time for revenge – in the national semifinals and championship.

The Cavaliers fell to Baylor University, 4-3, at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Team Indoor Championship on Valentine’s Day and then dropped another meeting with the Bears, 5-2, on March 1.

Nine days later, Virginia lost to the University of Oklahoma, 4-3, in Norman, but it would be the Cavaliers’ final defeat of the year. Virginia completed the regular season with 11 consecutive victories, dropping no more than one point in a single team match.

The Cavaliers breezed through the ACC Championships and then posted shutout wins in each of their first four NCAA tournament contests. Third-seeded Virginia was the lone team from outside the Big 12 at the national semifinals. First up? A rematch with Baylor. Despite playing on the Bears’ home court in Waco, Texas, the Cavaliers prevailed, 4-2, to advance to the championship.

Top-seeded Oklahoma, the only other team to beat Virginia this season, awaited. The Cavaliers swept the three doubles matches to jump out to an early 1-0 lead during the May 19 contest, but the Sooners drew even when Spencer Papa beat Alexander Ritschard in straight sets.

That was the only point Oklahoma would earn. Virginia’s Collin Altamirano defeated Dane Webb at No. 3 singles, and Thai-Son Kwiatkowski downed Alex Ghilea at No. 4. Then, Mitchell Frank clinched Virginia’s second title in three years by beating Andrew Harris at No. 2 singles.

“I couldn’t be more proud of the players,” Virginia head coach Brian Boland said. “They have bought in to being a true team, and the culture was tremendous.”

The Results
2015 Division I Men’s Tennis

Virginia 4, Oklahoma 1

Virginia 4, Baylor 2
Oklahoma 4, TCU 3

Ryan Shane, Virginia, def. Noah Rubin, Wake Forest, 3-6, 7-6(4), 6-1

Lloyd Glasspool and Soren Hess-Olesen, Texas, def. Hugo Dojas and Felipe Soares, Texas Tech, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3

Alen Salibasic, Drake

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