May 24, 2016
Tulsa, Okla. – Georgia Tech sophomore tennis player Christopher Eubanks, seeded No. 7, has drawn Shane Vinsant of Texas A&M as his first-round opponent Wednesday in the NCAA Singles Championship, being held at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center on the campus of the University of Tulsa.
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.
A native of Atlanta, Ga., Eubanks has compiled a 34-6 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, he has a 12-5 record against opponents ranked in the ITA poll this year, including top-10 foes Ryan Shane of Virginia and Nicolas Alvarez of Duke.
Vinsant, a senior from Keller, Texas, is No. 52 in the latest ITA rankings. He has a 22-15 overall singles record in 2015-16, including a 15-11 mark in the spring dual-match season, in which he played most of his matches at the No. 2 position. Vinsant is 9-12 against ranked opposition. Eubanks has never faced him in collegiate competition.
The winner of Wednesday’s match, scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Eastern time, will face the winner of a first-round match between Jared Hiltzik of Illinois and Piotr Lomacki of Miami on Thursday. Eubanks is 1-1 in his career against Lomacki, and has not faced Hiltzik.
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