Nov. 4, 2016
FLUSHING, N.Y. – Georgia Tech men’s tennis junior Christopher Eubanks advanced to the semifinals of the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships for the second time in as many years with two wins on Friday over top-50 ranked opponents.
Eubanks topped Ohio State’s No. 33 Hugo Di Feo, 6-3, 6-2 to advance to the quarterfinals where he dropped a 7-5, 6-3 decision on Georgia’s No. 16 Wayne Montgomery.
Eubanks kicked off the day strong. He knocked off Di Feo in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2. It was déjà vu for Ohio State who had Herkko Pollanen knocked off by Eubanks in the second round of the tournament last year. The victory marks Eubanks’ fourth win this fall over a top 100-ranked opponent.
In the quarterfinals, Eubanks faced down No. 15 Wayne Montgomery. The pair traded points to start the match, tying at 5-5 before Eubanks took two in a row to capture the first set, 7-5. In the second, Eubanks went up 3-0 early, utilizing his serve to secure the third game, 45-0. Montgomery was able to get into the game, but the All-American was up 5-3 in the second set with the opportunity to serve for match point. Eubanks didn’t squander his chance and secured the set and the match, 7-5, 6-3.
The Atlanta native will take on Arkansas’ No. 11 Michael Redlicki in the semifinals on Saturday.
Volunteer coach Kevin King says: “Chris did a good job playing two complete matches today. In the first match he was able to dictate very well and stay on top of his opponent from the beginning. This afternoon, the match was pretty even at the start. Chris did a great job of digging out a tough hold to go up 4-3 in the first set. From there he was able to gain the momentum and get a late break to win the set and an early break in the second. Chris managed his service games well and closed out the match strong.”