Hampden’s Potvin to play in tennis NCAA tourney

Posted May 10, 2011, at 5:32 p.m.
Last modified May 10, 2011, at 10:15 p.m.

Former Hampden Academy tennis star Eliot Potvin will end his college playing career in the NCAA Division I championships.

Potvin, a senior singles and doubles player, will be part of the 15th-seeded Georgia Tech squad that will compete in a four-team regional in Atlanta, Ga., on Friday and Saturday as the major college championships starts its 64-team playdown to the national title.

Georgia Tech will host one of 16 regional events that involve first- and second-round matches. Georgia Tech, 19-5 overall and 8-3 in Atlantic Coast Confererence, was named to the field as an at-large entry after being ousted in the ACC tournament semifinals by nationally No. 1-ranked Virginia.

The Yellow Jackets will host Sun Belt Conference champion Middle Tennessee State (13-12) at 1 p.m. Friday, after at-large selections Florida State (9-15) and Mississippi State (13-8) battle at 10 a.m.

The winners will meet at 3 p.m. Saturday, with that survivor advancing to the NCAA Round of 16 at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif., on May 19-24.

Potvin, the Maine interscholastic singles champion as a sophomore and junior at Hampden in 2006 and 2007,  is 13-9 in singles play for Georgia Tech in dual-meet play this spring while playing third and fourth singles, and went 7-4 in ACC play.

He also is 15-7 while playing second doubles with classmate Ryan Smith, including 7-4 in ACC matches.

The 5-foot-11, 181-pound Potvin has a career dual-meet singles record of 52-36 as a four-year player under Georgia Tech coach Kenny Thorne, and is 51-27 for his career in doubles.

This marks the second straight year Georgia Tech has been chosen as an at-large selection for the NCAA tournament. Last spring the Yellow Jackets defeated Binghamton 4-1 in their first round match before falling to host Kentucky 4-1 in the second round — with Potvin the only Yellow Jacket to win his match against the Wildcats.

Georgia Tech, which last hosted a four-team regional in 1997, will be favored to advance through to the national Round of 16 for the first time since 1994 given its national ranking and the fact the Yellow Jackets already have defeated both Florida State and Mississippi State this season.

Georgia Tech also is 10-1 in home matches in 2011.

Once the college season ends, Potvin plans to play in several developmental-level professional tournaments this summer.

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