Frank gives Virginia its fourth straight ITA Men's All-American singles title

Frank gives Virginia its fourth straight ITA Men's All-American singles title

Top-ranked Tennessee Vols duo Libietis and Reese win doubles title

   

TULSA, OK (Oct. 6) - Mitchell Frank won his second Saint Francis ITA Men's All-American Championships singles title on Sunday with a 6-3 6-0 win over Guillermo Alcorta of Oklahoma. His win gives Virginia its fourth straight singles win in Tulsa, as Cavalier Alex Domijan won the titles in 2010 and 2012. 

2013 ITA All-American Singles Champion Mitchell Frank of Virginia with runner-up Guillermo Alcorta of Oklahoma.

 

The 2011 champ kept his winning streak at Tulsa intact and was never in trouble against Alcorta. In windy conditions, Frank broke at 2-2 in the first set and would only lose one more game on his way to the win. After missing the entire fall 2012 season due to a meniscus tear in his left knee, Frank said it was extra special to win this year.

 

"For me it's special being here as last year at this time I was barely walking, so to win this event is obviously incredible," he said. "It's obviously a very exciting moment. Not too many people get to play in these matches."

The 12th seed said he felt nervous at the start and thought his opponent played tough early on. "The first set was a tough one and I thought he was going to come out strong in the second," Frank said. "I got the early break and I think I broke his will a little bit, so that obviously helped me get through the second and made the score so much in my favor."

 

Doubles winners Mikelis Libietis and Hunter Reese of Tennessee with runners up Mackenzie McDonald and Marcos Giron of UCLA.
In the doubles final, top seeds Mikelis Libietis and Hunter Reese of Tennessee fought back from a set down to defeat UCLA's Mackenzie McDonald and Marcos Giron for the doubles title 2-6 6-1 7-6 (2). 
 
The Bruin team broke twice to take the opening set 6-2 but the Vols surged back in the second to force a third set. McDonald and Giron had the win on their rackets with a 5-2 lead in the third but the Vols hung tough to level the set at 5-5, and then played a better tiebreak to take the match and title.

 

 

"They started a lot better. They made some good shots and we kind of got down," Libietis said. "In the second set, we stayed focused and played really good. They came up with big shots in the third but we kept doing what we do and came up pretty big."

 

UCLA's Clay Thompson, consolation singles champ, with runner up Daniil Proskura of Alabama 
In the consolation singles final, UCLA's Clay Thompson battled against Daniil Proskura of Alabama. The pair stayed on serve until 4-4 in the first set when Thompson got the break and served out the first set. 
 
The second set was just as tight as the first, but the Bruin took the match 6-4 7-5 for the title and said afterwards it was a a tough match. 
 
"It was a mental battle," Thompson said. "I kept telling myself to keep being aggressive and keep being strong. It was a good match but it was really tough, especially mentally."

Ross Guignon and Tim Kopinski of Illinois won the doubles consolation final with a 6-4 0-6 6-1 victory over Lloyd Glasspool and Soren Hess-Olesen of Texas. 
 
The pair said they were pleased given they hadn't played together all summer. "It got better as each match went on," Guignon said. "Today was a lot of up and down as you can tell by the score, but we just sort of stayed locked in and just hoped for the best in the end."

 

Consolation doubles winners Ross Guignon and Tim Kopinski of Illinois with finalists Soren Hess-Olesen and Lloyd Glasspool of Texas.

 All eight Saint Francis ITA All-American singles quarterfinalists, both doubles finalists plus winners of the consolation singles and doubles draws get an automatic bid into the National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships, held November 7-10 at theUSTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, NY.

 

 

 

  

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