The defending national champion Virginia men's tennis team fell to USC 5-1 Monday in the NCAA Tournament semifinals in Athens, Ga. This will be the first season that UVa has not played in the tournament final since 2010. The Cavaliers finish the season with a 27-3 record.
The Cavaliers started the match by losing a close doubles point. USC's Roberto Quiroz and Connor Farren beat Thai-Son Kwiatkowski and Mac Styslinger 8-5 at No. 2 and then Max de Vroome and Eric Johnson clinched the point with an 8-7 win over Ryan Shane and Mitchell Frank at No. 3.
Shane tied the match at 1-1 with a 6-1, 6-4 win at No. 3 singles over Quiroz. The Trojans responded with straight-set wins at No. 2 and No. 5 singles to take a 3-1 lead.
The final three singles matches went to a third set before the Trojans were able to close out the win. Yannick Hanfmann beat UVa's Alex Domijan at No. 1 (4-6, 7-6, 6-3), while simultaneously Michael Grant beat J.C. Aragone at No. 6 (7-5, 3-6, 6-3) to clinch the 5-1 win.
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