Georgia Tech’s Christopher Eubanks named ACC Player of the Year
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Georgia Tech’s Christopher Eubanks has been selected as the 2017 Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Tennis Player of the Year and headlines the 2017 All-ACC Team announced on Thursday.
North Carolina’s William Blumberg was named the Freshman of the Year and Georgia Tech’s Kenny Thorne earned Coach of the Year honors.
The All-ACC team and individual season honors were selected by a vote of the league’s 13 head coaches.
The junior is the fifth player in ACC history to earn back-to-back Player of the Year recognition and is the fifth Yellow Jacket awarded the title, joining Bryan Shelton (1985), Jens Skjoedt (1990), Benjamin Cassaigne (1999) and Guilermo Gomez (2011). In No. 1 singles, the Atlanta, Georgia native amassed a 27-5 record. Eubanks has held a top-10 spot in the Oracle/ITA singles ranking every week this season and has been ranked as high as the fourth-best in the country.
Blumberg, who hails from Greenwich, Connecticut, is the fifth Tar Heel to garner Freshman of the Year accolades. He posted a perfect 11-0 record in ACC play which is the most conference regular season dual match victories in school history. In singles, Blumberg is ranked No. 28 and is No. 10 in doubles with partner Robert Kelly, in the most recent ITA/Oracle Poll.
Thorne, who is in his 19th season at the helm of Georgia Tech’s program, led the Yellow Jackets to a 17-7 record and 8-4 in conference play. Thorne is a two-time ACC Coach of the Year, earning his first in 1999. His Yellow Jackets are currently ranked No. 20 in the nation and have earned a berth in the NCAA tournament for the third-straight year.
There are eleven institutions represented on the All-ACC team with ACC Champion Virginia leading with five selections, followed by Wake Forest with four and Duke, Florida State North Carolina with three selections a piece. Georgia Tech, Louisville, NC State each had two student-athletes while Clemson, Miami and Notre Dame all had one All-ACC selection.