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Cavaliers take home ITA National Team Indoor Championship title

The No. 1 Virginia men’s tennis team defeated second-ranked Southern California 4-2 in the finals of the ITA National Team Indoor Championship in Seattle Monday afternoon. The Cavaliers (6-0) claimed the title for the fifth time in six years. Virginia defeated No. 24 Washington 4-0, No. 9 Duke 4-0 and No. 4 Ohio State 4-3 on its way to the finals.

The Cavaliers took a 1-0 lead against the Trojans (12-1) from the doubles point as junior Alex Domijan and sophomore Mitchell Frank defeated No. 49 Eric Johnson and Emilio Gomez 8-4 on the third court and the No. 15 combo of senior Julen Uriguen and junior Justin Shane topped Max de Vroome and Roberto Quiroz 8-3 on the second.

The teams split the first sets in singles with three wins apiece. Cavalier victories came on the first and second courts as No. 7 Jarmere Jenkins topped No. 12 Ray Sarmiento 6-2, 6-4 and No. 1 Domijan won against No. 10 Gomez 6-3, 6-2. On the sixth court, Southern California’s No. 46 Johnson defeated Shane 7-5, 6-4 before No. 109 de Vroome’s victory against No. 25 freshman Ryan Shane 7-6(4), 6-3 on the fifth court cut the Cavaliers’ lead to 3-2.

Virginia clinched the title at No. 3 singles. Frank fought off No. 23 Quiroz to win 6-3, 7-5, helping the Cavaliers exact a small measure of revenge on the Trojan squad that has eliminated them from the last four outdoor national championship tournaments — including during the finals of each of the last two seasons.

The Cavaliers will host No. 8 Oklahoma in their next match Mar. 3 at the Snyder Tennis Center.

—compiled by Kerry Mitchell

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