Christopher Eubanks’ bid for an NCAA singles title ended in the quarterfinal round Saturday.
The Georgia Tech junior lost to Virginia’s Thai-Son Kwiatkowski 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 in Athens. After splitting the first two sets with Kwiatkowski, Eubanks was broken early in the third and was not able to break back.
Eubanks, who became just the fifth player in ACC history and the first in Tech history to be named the league’s player of the year two years in a row, ends his season at 31-6 and will earn All-American honors for the second year in a row.
Kwiatkowski was the first player to win a set off Eubanks in his NCAA run. Kwiatkowski was actually the last player to beat Eubanks before Saturday. He had won eight matches in a row since Kwiatkowski had beaten him in a tight two-setter in the teams’ match on April 13.
It was Eubanks’ farthest advance into the NCAA singles championship in three trips and became the first Tech player to reach that stage since Bryan Shelton’s run to the quarters in 1988.