A day after helping Virginia win its first NCAA Team Championship, four Cavaliers were in action Wednesday as the NCAA Singles Championship began at the University of Illinois. Mitchell Frank and Jarmere Jenkins advanced to the round of 32 with first round wins, but Alex Domijan and Mac Styslinger suffered losses.
Frank posted the biggest win of the day, upsetting top-seeded Mikelis Libietis of Tennessee 6-2, 6-1 in the first round. He becomes the third Cavalier in history to defeat a No. 1 seed at the NCAA Singles Championship. He joins Somdev Devvarman, who downed No. 1 John Isner of Georgia in the 2007 final, and Sanam Singh, who took out top-seeded Arnau Brugues of Tulsa in the 2009 quarterfinals. Frank will play Andreas Mies of Auburn in the second round.
Jenkins, the tournament’s No. 3 seed, is now the highest ranked player left in the draw after the first round losses by top-seeded Libietis and second-seeded Domijan. In his opening match, Jenkins topped Ben Wagland of Georgia 6-2, 6-4. The win avenged Jenkins’ loss to Wagland two days earlier during the Virginia-Georgia semifinal match of the team tournament. Jenkins will play Yannick Maden of Clemson in the second round.
Domijan lost his first round match to Tsvetan Mihov of South Carolina 6-4, 3-6, 6-2. Styslinger, making his NCAA singles debut, nearly upset No. 9-16 seed Ryan Lipman of Vanderbilt, suffering a 6-2, 3-6, 7-6(5) defeat.
On the women's side, ITA and ACC Freshman of the Year Julia Elbaba is also moving on to the second round. She downed Tennessee's Brynn Boren in three sets, 6-2, 2-6, 6-3.