May 20, 2015
WACO, Texas – Virginia senior men’s tennis player Mitchell Frank (Annandale, Va.) was named the 2015 recipient of the ITA/Rafael Osuna Sportsmanship Award during the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s awards ceremony, in conjunction with the NCAA Championships. It marks the second consecutive year a Cavalier has won the award and the fourth time in the past nine years.
The Rafael Osuna Sportsmanship Award is the ITA’s longest-running award and goes to a Division I men’s player who displays sportsmanship, character, excellent academics and has had outstanding tennis playing accomplishments. Frank has posted an 18-3 singles record during his senior season and was named the NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player after clinching the Cavaliers’ 4-1 victory over Oklahoma in Tuesday’s final. Frank, who clinched both Virginia’s 2013 and 2015 NCAA Championships, was also the 2014 ACC Men’s Tennis Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Frank becomes the fourth Cavalier to win the award, joining Somdev Devvarman in 2007, Sanam Singh in 2011 and Alex Domijan last year.
Frank is one of four Cavaliers still competing in Waco in the NCAA individual championships. Frank, Ryan Shane (Falls Church, Va.) and Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (Charlotte, N.C.) begin play in the NCAA Singles Championship on Wednesday, while Shane and Luca Corinteli (Alexandria, Va.) begin play in the NCAA Doubles Championship on Thursday.