Four Cavaliers Selected for NCAA Individual Championships
April 29, 2015
CHARLOTTESVILLE – The Virginia men’s tennis team had four individuals selected to compete in the 2015 NCAA Individual Championships, held May 20-25 at the Hurd Tennis Center on the campus of Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Mitchell Frank (Annandale, Va.), Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (Charlotte, N.C.) and Ryan Shane (Falls Church, Va.) were selected to the 64-player singles field, while the tandem of Shane and Luca Corinteli (Alexandria, Va.) was selected to the 32-team doubles field.
The Cavaliers have at least three selections to the NCAA Singles Championship for the eighth consecutive season, the longest active streak in the nation. Virginia has at least one seeded player in the singles draw for the 10th consecutive season, also the longest active streak in the nation.
Shane is the No. 8 seed and is making his second consecutive appearance in the tournament. He has posted a 27-8 singles record this year, highlighted by reaching the semifinals of the ITA National Indoor Championships in November. Shane reached the second round of the tournament last year in his NCAA Singles Championship debut, falling to eventual champion Marcus Giron of UCLA in three sets.
Frank becomes the fifth player in school history to make four NCAA Singles Championship appearances, joining Brian Vahaly (1998-2001), Somdev Devvarman (2005-08), Jarmere Jenkins (2010-13) and Alex Domijan (2011-14). He is 16-3 in singles in dual match play after not competing in college events during the fall. Frank’s best NCAA Singles Championship result came in 2012, when he reached the quarterfinals.
Kwiatkowski was selected to compete in his first NCAA Singles Championship. He has posted a 36-6 record this season and was ranked No. 1 nationally in singles in February.
In doubles, Shane and Corinteli are the tournament’s No. 3 seed. The pair will make their NCAA Doubles Championship debut after posting a 23-4 record this season.
Virginia, the No. 3 seed in the NCAA Team Championship, opens play May 8-9 as it hosts first and second round action at the Snyder Tennis Center. The Cavaliers (23-3) meet St. John’s in the first round on May 8 at 1 p.m., with Minnesota and Princeton also competing in the Charlottesville Regional.