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Talking with UVa's Mitchell Frank
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It didn't take long for Virginia sophomore Mitchell Frank to drop his first set at No. 3 singles in the NCAA Team Championship match by a 6-0 score.

Mitchell Frank clinches for Virginia
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But Frank regrouped to win the second set 6-4. Then, after UCLA's Adrien Puget accidentally stepped on the net on championship point to keep UVa's hopes alive, Frank came back from 3-5 to clinch the title for the Cavaliers with a 0-6, 6-4, 7-5 victory.

NBC's Harry Cicma, who was the primary commentator for last week's NCAA Championships broadcast, caught up with Frank after the match.

 

Questions and Answers

Harry Cicma (HC): That was a very dramatic outcome for the NCAA Men's National title. Mitchell, you're only a sophomore, how does it feel?

Mitchell Frank (MF): I don't think words can describe it, all the hard work our team has put in - I knew that I was doing it for more than myself, and that is something very special. I was just telling myself during the match - just to leave it all out there, and luckily I was able to get the win. That's all you can do.

Adrien Puget played an unbelievable match out there, and he played great. It's unfortunate that someone had to win or lose, but obviously I'm happier to be in the winner's circle instead of the loser's circle.

 

HC: What does this win mean for UVa to win it's first ever men's team title?

MF: It mean's everything - to be part of it, and to be able to clinch that. It's funny, because I had this feeling that it was going to come down to me, and I was mentally preparing for a moment like this. I was just out there doing everything I could.

I was a little lucky that he touched the net on his match point, but at the end of the day, I knew I just had to stay resilient. I did, and it came out well.

 

HC: To be an American and win a National title, how special is that?

Frank plans to return for his junior year
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MF: It means everything. Before I came to college, I played matches for myself. But to share it with a team and other people is incredible - words can't describe it.

I trained extremely hard all year. The first couple rounds in the NCAA I wasn't able to finish matches, and I was definitely feeling nerves. But to be able to come through in the end feels incredible.

 

HC: What does the future hold for you now?

MF: I'll play a full schedule of pro tournaments this summer, and we'll see how those go. I'll probably be back at school in the fall and chase after another national championship.

 

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About Harry Cicma

When it comes to college tennis, Harry Cicma is your man. Cicma covers tennis and other athletic stories for NBC Sports, writing articles and producing video segments.

He is co-founder and host of World Tennis a weekly tennis show on NESN, and host of of Tennis Live Radio's College Corner.

Cicma competed as a junior in USTA/New England and went on to play college tennis at Rutgers University. As a professional, Cicma competed at the ATP Newport tournament and the San Jose Siebel Open. He reached a career-high #75 in the ATP doubles team rankings and #1262 in the ATP Entry System.

In media, Cicma has run the gamut. He has worked for NBC, CBS, ABC, ESPN, FOX Sports Net, the Tennis Channel, and World Team Tennis. Cicma has announced NCAA sports as well as the US Open Tennis Championships on both TV and radio.

 
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