NCAA tennis: Virginia breaks through
URBANA — Mitchell Frank dropped to his knees beyond the baseline, with a look of disbelief on his face while his Virginia men’s tennis teammates swarmed him on the No. 3 South Court at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex.
As he should. He had just made history.
The Virginia sophomore edged Adrien Puget of UCLA 0-6, 6-4, 7-5 to give the Cavaliers a 4-3 win Tuesday and their first national championship.
“I knew, obviously, there was a whole lot riding on that game,” Frank said. “One of my coaches once told me, ‘Eyes on the prize and your mind tells you lies.’ I had no control over that other than how I was going to play.”
The Cavaliers placed second each of the last two seasons.
“I don’t think it’s set in yet,” Virginia coach Brian Boland said. “Outside of having four children with a great wife, it’s the next-best feeling I’ve ever had in my life.”
Puget led 5-3 in the third set and had a chance to close out the match, but he was called on a net violation. It gave Frank one more chance, and he won the next four games to set off the celebration.