May 26, 2017
ATHENS, Ga. – Georgia Tech men’s tennis junior Christopher Eubanks was on a mission Friday afternoon as he advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Singles Championship with a 6-3, 6-0 rout of Texas’ Yuya Ito. Eubanks plays Virginia’s Thai-Son Kwiatkowski Saturday in the quarterfinals.
“Chris played a very smart match against a very good player,” said Tech head coach Kenny Thorne. “He served well and managed the match well. All matches are tough at this point so it was good for him to get one and off the court fairly quickly today. He plays against Virginia’s Thai-Son next so that is his focus now.”
The All-American previously topped Ito in November in the round of 32 of the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships by a score of 7-5, 6-7 (8), 6-2. Faced with a familiar opponent, Eubanks went straight to work. Eubanks broke Ito’s second service game to bring the score to 2-1 in the first set. Both pocketing their service games, the score stayed within one at 4-3. Eubanks held serve to bring the tally to 5-3, and broke at 6-3 to take the first set.
The momentum stayed with the Yellow Jacket as he broke Ito’s first service game in the second set. Eubanks shut Ito out of the set to take the commanding 6-0 win.
Eubanks advances to the quarterfinals for the first time in his career. The last time a Yellow Jacket reached the quarterfinal match was Bryan Shelton in 1988.