Ethan Quinn of University of Georgia wrote history, reaching the NCAA Singles final

Quinn will look to win Georgia's fifth singles title against Michigan's Ondrej Styler today, Saturday, May 27 at 10:00 am ET

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Ethan Quinn of University of Georgia wrote history, reaching the NCAA Singles final

University of Georgia men's tennis freshman Ethan Quinn reached the finals of the NCAA Singles Championship. This marks the first time in the program's legendary history that a freshman will compete for an individual national championship.

Quinn is now the seventh Bulldog to reach the singles finals and the first since John Isner did so in 2007 as the field's top seed. Quinn defeated Virginia's Chris Rodesch in the semifinals, 2-6, 6-2, 6-4, on Friday afternoon at the United States Tennis Association National Complex.

Quinn will look to win Georgia's fifth singles title against Michigan's Ondrej Styler today, Saturday, May 27 at 10:00 am ET. The first lead of the match went to Rodesch, who took a 4-1 lead in the first set after breaking Quinn's serve and holding.

Virginia junior would go on to win the opening set, 6-2, after taking set point on Quinn's serve. Quinn would start the second set similarly, taking a 5-1 lead on holding serve and after breaking Rodesch's serve in the first game and again making it 4-1.

The Bulldog would also take second with a score of 6-2. The third set would remain on serve until 3-3. Quinn would take a 15-40 lead in the second leg, but Rodesch fought back to force a deciding run. The final break of the match came after Rodesch's return from Quinn's backhand went long, allowing the redshirt freshman to take a 5-3 lead in the set after holding.

Quinn would go on to take the set and the match by a score of 2-6, 6-2, 6-4. A 2023 SEC Freshman of the Year and All-SEC First Team member, Quinn is now part of an able group of Bulldogs to reach the Finals, which includes Patricio Arnold, George Bezecny, Matias Boeker, John Isner, Wade McGuire and Mikael Perfors.

About the University of Georgia

The University of Georgia is a public university located in Athens, Georgia, United States. Founded in 1785, it is the oldest and largest institution of major education in the state. The University of Georgia is part of the University System of Georgia.

It is also a member of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. It is classified as a Research University/Very High Activity. On January 27, 1785, the Georgia General Assembly issued a document signed by Abraham Baldwin for the University of Georgia to be the first state university.

Sixteen years later, in 1801, a committee of the university's board of trustees selected a site on a hill below Cedar Shoals for the university to stand on. On July 25, John Milledge, one of the trustees and later governor of Georgia, bought 1,000 square miles of land from Daniel Easley and donated it to the university.

During the American Civil War, the university closed in October 1863 and reopened in January 1866. In the summer of 1903, after a century of exclusively white male education, UGA opened to female education, but the girls were admitted to undergraduate courses only in 1918.

In 1961, UGA was involved in part of the civil rights movement when Charlayne Hunter and Hamilton Holmes became the first two African American students to enter the University of Georgia. The University of Georgia offers 140 graduate programs in a variety of disciplines.

Featuring 13 libraries scattered across campuses, they contain 4.7 million volumes and one of the largest collections of maps in the American nation. UGA Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries. The University of Georgia is organized into 18 schools and colleges and consists of 3 main campuses: the largest one is located in Athens while the other two are in Tifton and Griffin.

The University's sports teams are called the Georgia Bulldogs. A member of the Southeastern Conference, the Bulldogs have won 37 national championships and 130 conference titles. The Georgia Redcoat Marching Band is the official marching band of the University of Georgia.

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