Army Ends Season With NCAA Tournament Loss To No. 4 Virginia

Kyle Barnes

Kyle Barnes

May 10, 2014

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The Army men’s tennis team’s season came to an end on Saturday afternoon,as the Black Knights fell to No. 4 Virginia, 4-0, in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament at Virginia’s indoor facility, Boar’s Head Sports Club.

Army finishes the year with a 20-6 record after winning the Patriot League Championship and making its sixth appearance in the NCAAs, and first since 2011. Virginia, which is ranked fourth in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) national poll and is the defending national champion, improves to 24-2.

Army went with the same lineup it used in its Patriot League Championship match against Navy.

The Black Knights kept pace with the Cavaliers early in doubles action, but the hosts eventually pulled away to take the doubles point. At No. 2, Virginia’s pairing of Alex Domijan and Harrison Richmond, who are ranked 61st by the ITA, grabbed an 8-2 win, while Army’s No. 3 tandem of sophomore Austin McCasin and freshman Kyle Barnes were tied at six games apiece in their match.

After Virginia’s No. 3 pairing of Mitchell Frank and Justin Shane moved in front to a 7-6 lead, Barnes and McCasin nearly made it 7-7, but Frank and Shane won on an advantage to ultimately take an 8-6 victory. Army’s top duo of senior Asika Isoh and junior Alex Van Velzer trailed 7-3 in a match that went unfinished.

Frank, ranked fourth by the ITA, gave Virginia a 2-0 advantage after topping Army freshman Sam Lampman, 6-1, 6-0, at the No. 2 position before J.C. Aragone got the better of Black Knights’ sophomore Harrison McCormick, 6-2, 6-2, at No. 6. The Cavaliers clinched the match with a 6-0, 6-0 victory in the fourth singles flight, as No. 113 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski got past Army sophomore Caison Best.

Freshman Grant Riechmann won a team-high six games in singles play, as he trailed No. 46 Ryan Shane, 6-4, 2-2, at the third position when the match was clinched.

Isoh won five games at No. 1, trailing sixth-ranked Domijan, 6-1, 2-4, while Van Velzer collected four games and trailed 6-4, 1-0 at No. 5.

Virginia improves to 2-1 all-time against Army and 2-0 in the NCAA Tournament. The Black Knights fell to the Cavaliers in the 2006 NCAA Tournament after defeating them back in 1937.

No. 4 Virginia 4, Army 0

Final Stats

Doubles (Virginia won doubles point, 2-0)
1. #53 Mac Styslinger/Luca Corinteli (V) led Asika Isoh/Alex Van Velzer (A) 7-3 (DNF)
2. #61 Alex Domijan/Harrison Richmond (V) def. Sam Lampman/Grant Riechmann (A) 8-2
3. Mitchell Frank/Justin Shane (V) def. Kyle Barnes/Austin McCasin (A) 8-6

Order of finish: 2, 3, 1 (DNF)

Singles
1. #6 Alex Domijan (V) led Asika Isoh (A) 6-1, 2-4 (DNF)
2. #4 Mitchell Frank (V) def. Sam Lampman (A) 6-1, 6-0
3. #46 Ryan Shane (V) led Grant Riechmann (A) 6-4, 2-2 (DNF)
4. #113 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (V) def. Caison Best (A) 6-0, 6-0
5. Justin Shane (V) led Alex Van Velzer (A) 6-4, 1-0 (DNF)
6. J.C. Aragone (V) def. Harrison McCormick (A) 6-2, 6-2

Order of finish: 2, 6, 4, 3 (DNF), 1 (DNF), 5 (DNF)

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