Different year. Same result.
The No. 4 Virginia men’s tennis captured its eighth consecutive ACC Championship with a 4-0 victory over No. 9 North Carolina in Sunday’s ACC Tournament final at the Cary Tennis Park. It was the 10th championship in the past 11 years for the Cavaliers, who improved to 23-2 this season.
“It is always a tremendous honor to win this tournament, whether it is the first one or the tenth one,” said head coach Brian Boland. “I think we are a tough team to beat when we win the doubles point and that gave us a boost again today. We had some great performances in singles too. Alex was dominant at No. 1. Ryan was great at No. 3 and Thai gave us another great performance at No. 5. Those points went pretty swiftly and the way those guys are playing gives us a lot of confidence.”
After Alex Domijan and Harrison Richmond won the first doubles match, North Carolina broke even to tie but Mitchell Frank and Justin Shane gave Virginia the doubles point with an 8-5 win at No. 3.
In singles, the Cavaliers won four first sets to take control of the match. Ryan Shane posted a 6-3, 6-1 win at No. 3 and Thai-Son Kwiatkowski followed with a 6-1, 6-4 victory at No. 4 to put Virginia ahead 3-0.
Domijan, the ACC Tournament MVP, clinched the title for the Cavaliers with a 6-3, 6-3 win at No. 1. It was his 100th career dual match singles win, as he became the first Virginia player to reach that milestone.
“Winning this championship is special,” said Domijan. “This year has been the strongest the ACC has been in my four years, so to win the regular season and the tournament is an accomplishment we can be proud of. This match was really competitive and we know that we have to play well every match to win this title. It isn’t something we take for granted.”
The win extended Virginia’s ACC-record win streak to 121 straight victories over conference opponents.
The Cavaliers will learn their NCAA Tournament draw on Tuesday. The field of 64 will be unveiled at 5 p.m.
#4 VIRGINIA 4, #9 NORTH CAROLINA 0
1. #35 Clark/Schnur (UNC) def. #54 Corinteli/Styslinger (UVa) 8-5
2. #74 Domijan/Richmond (UVa) def. Steiro/Vick (UNC) 8-5
3. Frank/J.Shane (UVa) def. Murray/Schneider (UNC) 8-5
1. #14 Alex Domijan (UVa) def. #12 Brayden Schnur (UNC) 6-3, 6-3
2. #35 Ronnie Schneider (UNC) led #4 Mitchell Frank (UVa) 6-4, 1-2 DNF
3. #47 Ryan Shane (UVa) def. #73 Brett Clark (UNC) 6-3, 6-1
4. Oystein Steiro (UNC) led #80 Mac Styslinger (UVa) 6-3, 4-5 DNF
5. #115 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (UVa) def. Jack Murray (UNC) 6-1, 6-4
6. Justin Shane (UVa) led Nelson Vick (UNC) 6-3, 3-2 DNF