Georgia Quinn Advances to Ncaa Singles Title

Lake Nona, Florida. – Georgia Men’s Tennis Redshirt newbie Ethan Quinn is the seventh Bulldog in the history of the program to reach the Final of the NCAA Singles Championship by defeating Chris Rodesch of Virginia in the semifinals, 2-6, 6-2, 6-4, Friday afternoon at the United States Tennis Association National Complex.

This is the first time in the history of the program that a freshman has fought for an individual national championship. Quinn is now the seventh Bulldog to reach the singles final and the first since John Isner in 2007 as the top seed in the field.

Quinn will try to win Georgia’s fifth singles title against Michigan’s N°8, Ondrej Styler, on Saturday, May 27 at 10 a.m. ET. Styler, a Senior from Prague, Czech Republic, is 33-4 on the year, going 11-1 at number one and 22-1 in the spring.

“a great victory From Ethan,” said Head Coach Manuel Diaz. “In the first set, Chris Rodesch played very well. It seemed That Ethan played better, Chris suited him. We challenged him to change his game plan a little bit and play a little higher and slower. Ethan simply has a huge competitive nature and has risen to the challenge. He did a great job in the second set to make his step. As the game progressed, he became a little more confident and his level of play increased. Just a grandiose victory against a difficult Situation.”

The Fresno, Calif. native has now won 16 straight singles matches and is 21-1 in February. 19. his victory against Rodesch, ranked N°9 in the individual poll of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, brings Quinn to 33-10 Year on year and 25-7 against ranked opponents.

The first lead of the match went to Rodesch, who took a 4-1 lead in the first set after breaking and holding Quinn’s serve. The Virginia Junior would win the first set 6-2 after winning set point on Quinn’s serve. Quinn would start the second set the same way, taking a 5-1 lead by holding serve and winning 4-1 after breaking Rodesch in the first match and again. The bulldog would also win the second 6-2.

The third set would remain on serve by 3-3. Quinn would take a 15-40 lead when he returned, but Rodesch fought back to force a crucial point. The last Break of the match came after Rodesch’s return from Quinn’s backhand drive took a long time, which allowed the red-shirted rookie to take a 5-3 lead in the set after holding on. Quinn would win the set and the match with a score of 2-6, 6-2, 6-4.

Quinn, the 2023 SEC Rookie of the Year and first-team All-SEC member, is now part of an accomplished group of bulldogs making the Finals, including Patricio Arnold, George Bezecny, Matias Boeker, John Isner, Wade McGuire and Mikael Pernfors.

“We’ve had players in the Finals before, but every year is different,” Coach Diaz said. “This year, Ethan has simply been right and has improved over the year. Tomorrow he will meet a very good and very experienced opponent. We will come up with a game plan and he will be ready to go. He played his best Tennis towards the end of this Season. He has done a great job of preparation, not only bodily but also mentally, he has improved in many areas during the year and the spring.”

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