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.
"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|
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.
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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