May 4, 2016
Indianapolis, Ind. – Georgia Tech sophomore tennis player Christopher Eubanks, named the Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year for 2016, has received a bid and has been seeded seventh to the NCAA Singles Championship, which will be conducted May 25-30 following the NCAA team championship in Tulsa, Okla.
One of 14 automatic qualifiers, Eubanks is in the field for the second straight year, becoming the first Tech player to participate in singles in multiple years since Juan Spir in 2012 and 2013. The 6-foot-7 sophomore won his first-round match in 2015 before falling in the round of 32. Tech has had at least one individual in the NCAA singles championship every year since 2007, with the exception of 2014.
“Chris has had an outstanding sophomore year and is well-deserving of this honor,” said Tech coach Kenny Thorne. “Being seeded seventh is a reward for how consistent he has been all season. We’re all very proud of how he has representing Georgia Tech.”
A native of Atlanta, Ga., Eubanks has compiled a 32-6 record in singles, including an 11-1 mark in ACC play, from his No. 1 singles position. Eubanks has been in the top 15 of the ITA Singles Rankings all season, and has been ranked as high as No. 6. A semifinalist in the USTA/ITA National Collegiate Indoor Championship in the fall, and has defeated a dozen ranked opponents this year. In doubles, Eubanks has paired with teammate Benito to compile a 14-3 record and rise to their current national ranking of No. 42.
Eubanks has a 12-5 record against opponents ranked in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association poll this year, including top-10 foes Ryan Shane of Virginia and Nicolas Alvarez of Duke.
The Yellow Jackets received an at-large bid to the NCAA team championships on Tuesday, and will open play against 46th-ranked UC Santa Barbara on May 13 at the NCAA regional in Los Angeles, Calif.
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