Virginia Captures 2013 ITA National Men’s Team Indoor Championship
SEATTLE, WA (Feb. 18) – The 2013 ITA National Men’s Team Indoor Championship, hosted by the University of Washington at the Nordstrom Tennis Center and the Seattle Tennis club in Seattle, WA, came to a close Monday evening with the Cavaliers of Virginia being crowned champions for the fifth time the last six years.
Today’s championship match featured the top two seeds in the draw, something that has not happened since 2007 when top seeded Georgia defeated Ohio State. Like the 2007 championship match, the top seed in this year’s final would walk away as the champions as Virginia took down the defending indoor champs and four time reigning NCAA champion USC Trojans, 4-2.
“It’s a great accomplishment for our program” stated Virginia head coach Brian Boland. “This is our fifth one and you never take any of them for granted, they are all very special. It’s always special when you get to share it with your friends and colleagues. There’s nothing going into a tournament that you have great respect for like the ITA National Men’s Team Indoor Championship and coming out on top.”
Virginia flexed their muscle in the early going, taking the doubles point in just about 40 minutes. “The doubles point is always a huge part of late tournament play” said Boland. “I definitely thought that it was something we did better today. We executed well, moved well, and worked together as a team at a higher level than we have all week.” The Cavaliers picked up wins from third doubles pair Alex Domijan and Mitchell Frank as well as at second doubles, where the point was clinched, by Julen Uriguen and Ryan Shane.
In singles, the teams would split the opening sets with Virginia taking the first sets at first, second and third singles. Virginia would take a 2-0 lead behind a straight set win from the top ranked player in the nation, Alex Domijan. Domijan downed No. 10 Emilio Gomez 6-3, 6-2, giving the Cavalier his fourth singles win of the tournament.
USC would get a boost from Eric Johnson, who, defeated Ryan Shane in two tightly contested sets, 7-5, 6-4. The one-point gap was shortly lived as Virginia’s Jarmere Jenkins, ranked seventh in the country, closed out No. 12 Ray Sarmiento at first singles, 6-2, 6-4. Then, Max De Vroome would bring the Trojans to within one point of the Cavaliers again as he took down Ryan Shane, 7-6(4), 6-3 at the fifth spot.
With only two matches left on court, the Trojans certainly had their work cut out as they trailed by a set at third singles and were forced into a third set at the fourth position. At third singles, USC’s Roberto Quiroz had an early break in the second set but was unable to maintain the lead as Virginia’s Frank leveled the set at 5-5.
At 5-all, Quiroz would use a solid return game to earn a break opportunity but came up short as the Frank held to make it 6-5. On Quiroz’s next service game, Frank applied pressure in the early portion of the game which eventually led to a break, clinching an unprecedented fifth ITA National Men’s Team Indoor Championship for the Cavaliers. “Mitchell Frank is a machine” stated Boland. “He just embraces competition, he loves to compete. We are proud of him.”
“Hats off to USC, they played a great match” added Boland. “We always have great battles. They have gotten the better of us of late so it’s nice to win today.”