April 12, 2017
THE FLATS – Georgia Tech men’s tennis hits the road for an ACC road swing in Virginia on Thursday and Saturday. The No. 18 Jackets take on No. 3 Virginia at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, before heading to Blacksburg for a 10:30 a.m. showdown with Virginia Tech on Saturday.
Setting the Scene: The Yellow Jackets (15-3, 7-1 ACC) come into Thursday’s match tied for second in the ACC with Virginia. The Cavaliers are 20-1 overall this season and hold a 7-1 mark in the ACC. Virginia is the defending NCAA national champion and won the national indoor team title this season in February.
The Hokies are 9-11 on the season and are 3-6 in conference play. Virginia Tech has a winning 6-2 ledger at home this season.
Singles Update: Christopher Eubanks was dubbed the ACC Player of the Week on April 11. The Atlanta native carries a 13-1 mark in singles play on the season and is undefeated in conference play. In the latest ITA rankings Eubanks held the No. 5 spot for the second straight week. Sophomore Andrew Li came up big against No. 43 Duke, sealing the 4-3 win over the Blue Devils playing at the two position.
Doubles Update: The Jackets swept the doubles point last weekend, winning it against both Duke and Louisville. Li and Cole Fiegel went undefeated on the weekend, clinching the doubles point in both matches.
Head coach Kenny Thorne says: “We have been playing well on the road, only losing to Northwestern earlier this season. The Virginia match is a great opportunity for our team to show how much we have improved this season. They are the defending NCAA national champions and won the national indoors this season. Our guys are settling into who they are on the court as well as who we are as a team. Secure identity helps us focus only on the fight. After the UVA match, we will turn our full attention to Virginia Tech. We have had great matches with them over the past few years so I’m sure it will be another battle.”