The Virginia men’s tennis opened play in the 2014 NCAA Tournament with a 4-0 win over Army Saturday at the Boyd Tinsley Courts at the Boar’s Head Sports Club.
The Cavaliers, who are 24-2 this season, continue the defense of their NCAA title Sunday as they meet Penn State in the second round of the tournament. The Black Knights conclude their season with a 20-6 record.
“It was great to get back out on the courts and compete after a few weeks off, ” said head coach Brian Boland. “I always feel like the first match of any tournament is the toughest, because you need to get back to competing after a layoff. I thought our guys did well, and they needed to play well because I was really impressed with Army. They are probably the best first round opponent we have had over the years and they forced us to play at a high level to win this match."
The Cavaliers took the early lead by winning the doubles point. Alex Domijan and Harrison Richmond topped Sam Lampman and Grant Riechmann 8-2 at the No. 2 position. Mitchell Frank and Justin Shane clinched the opening point with an 8-6 win at No. 3 over Kyle Barnes and Austin McCasin.
In singles, Virginia posted three straight-set victories to seal the victory. Frank was first off the courts, downing Lampman 6-1, 6-0 at the No. 2 position. Cavalier first-years produced the final two points, with J.C. Aragone defeating Harrison McCormick 6-2, 6-2 at No. 6 and Thai-Son Kwiatkowski topped Caison Best 6-0, 6-0 at No. 4.
Penn State advanced to the second round with a 4-2 win over UNC Wilmington in Saturday’s first match. The Cavaliers and Nittany Lions last met in the 2008 NCAA Second Round, a 4-0 UVa win.
Sunday’s second match is scheduled for 1 p.m. at the Snyder Tennis Center.