Domijan wins, Elbaba takes second in tennis championships
Junior Alex Domijan and the Virginia men’s tennis program did it again. For the third year in a row, the Cavaliers brought home the ITA All-American Championships men’s singles title, and for the second time in that span, Domijan did the honors.
The Virginia junior toppled Ohio State redshirt junior Peter Kobelt 7-5, 6-1 and remained undefeated at the tournament for his career. Domijan did not compete at the 2011 tournament, which was instead won by sophomore teammate Mitchell Frank. Frank could not return to defend his title this year due to an injury that will keep him out for the entire fall season.
While Domijan extended the Virginia men’s reign of dominance in Tulsa, Okla., freshman Julia Elbaba entered uncharted territory for the women’s program at its All-American Championships tournament in Los Angeles. Elbaba became the first Cavalier to advance to the quarterfinals of any of the three major national tournaments — the All-American Championships, Intercollegiate Indoors and NCAAs — by finishing as runner-up to Florida senior Lauren Embree.
Elbaba made her mark the hard way, winning 10 matches en route to the final after starting in the pre-qualifying rounds, whereas many of her higher-ranked opponents received byes into the qualifying rounds or even the main draw. In the finals, Elbaba did not go quietly, winning the first set 6-2 against her third-seeded opponent, but she eventually succumbed in the final sets 6-3, 6-4.
The Virginia men also boasted the doubles runners-up in senior Jarmere Jenkins and freshman Mac Styslinger. The tandem lost to junior Dan Cochrane and senior Andy Mies of Auburn 7-6(6), 6-2 in the All-American final.
Finally, back in Charlottesville, a diluted men’s squad capped a successful weekend with a singles flight win by freshman Mitchell Polnet at the U.Va. Fall Classic.