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May 23, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. - The Virginia men's tennis team fell short of its first NCAA Championship, falling to No. 1 USC 4-2 in the final at the Dan Magill Tennis Center. The Cavaliers (29-2) fell in the final to the Trojans (33-1) for the second consecutive year, as USC won its fourth consecutive national title.
"I am proud of my team, they left it out on the court tonight," said head coach Brian Boland. "I always tell the guys that they have to be willing to go through the pain to play the game. These guys worked hard to get back here and be in position to win a championship. In my mind, they are champions, regardless of this outcome. They did everything the right way this year. Both teams played great tonight, but one had to lose and unfortunately that was us. Congratulations to Southern California for winning another national championship. They deserve all the credit for getting it done."
The match, which started at 5 p.m. outdoors ended nearly eight hours later, indoors, as rain delayed play and eventually moved the match inside.
Despite a slow start, Virginia took a 1-0 lead by winning the doubles point. The Cavaliers trailed early 3-1 at all three positions, but put together comebacks at the No. 2 and No. 3 spots. At No. 2, Alex Domijan (Wesley Chapel, Fla.) and Mitchell Frank (Annandale, Va.) won five straight games to turn the 3-1 deficit into a 6-3 lead.