Georgia Tech’s Christopher Eubanks has been named the 2016 Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Tennis Player of the Year and headlines the 2016 All-ACC Team announced on Thursday. Tech junior Carlos Benito was chosen third-team All-ACC.
Eubanks is the first Yellow Jacket to be voted Player of the Year since Guillermo Gomez in 2011, and the fifth overall. He joins a list that also includes Bryan Shelton in 1985, Jens Skjoedt in 1990 and Benjamin Cassaigne in 1999.
“Chris set a goal to be much more consistent this season than last season. He definitely achieved that goal. He deserves a lot of credit because he won a lot of close matches,” said Tech coach Kenny Thorne. “Playing at the number 1 spot in the ACC is a tough ask for anyone.
Chris has embraced that position, and the exciting thing is that his game can get a lot better. But what we are most proud of is Chris has competed like a champion and carried himself with humility and integrity. Alumni can be very proud of the way Chris represents Georgia Tech.” The sophomore has compiled a 32-6 record in singles, including an 11-1 mark in ACC 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. An All-ACC second team selection in 2015, and has defeated a dozen ranked opponents this year. In doubles, Eubanks has paired with teammate Benito to compile a 14-3 record and rise to their current national ranking of No.
42. Benito, a junior from Madrid, Spain, went 7-4 in ACC play with a pair of victories over ranked foes playing in the No. 2 position. After missing the entire fall due to back problems, he has gone 12-10 in dual matches this spring and has won 10 of his last 15 matches heading into the post-season.