Oct. 13, 2016
THE FLATS — Georgia Tech men’s tennis junior Christopher Eubanks fights his way to the second round of the 2nd Oracle ITA Masters in Malibu, Calif. on Friday afternoon. He defeated No. 67 Alec Adamson of UC Davis by a mark of 4-6, 6-0, 6-3.
No. 5-ranked Eubanks came out to a slow start, dropping the first set to Adamson, 4-6, after losing three of four deuce points. The first set loss seemed to be just the spark Eubanks needed as the All-American rebounded to a commanding 6-0 win to take the second set. He nabbed the first game of the third, his seventh straight, but Adamson retaliated to tie it up at a game apiece. The junior Yellow Jacket kept his focus as he took a 5-3 lead before securing the match point for a, 4-6, 6-0, 6-3 victory.
The 6-foot-7 Atlanta native is the Atlantic Coast Conference representative at the tournament. He is also competing in mixed doubles with Hayley Carter (North Carolina). The pair took their first match on Thursday morning, 6-1. They won their second match of the day with a stunning 6-0 rout of the host pair from Pepperdine to advance to the mixed doubles quarterfinals.
Tomorrow Eubanks will take on Kentucky’s No. 15 William Bushamuka. It will be the highest ranked opponent Eubanks has faced this season.
Head coach Kenny Thorne says: “Chris showed some good poise today. He lost three of four deuce points in the first and lost the set 6-4.Credit goes to Adamson for keeping a high level and finishing the set. Chris kept great composure and made some small adjustments and won seven games in a row. He returned well in the third set and took care of the service games better. Chris is playing well and thinking well on the court.”