June 23, 2018
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Hampden’s Potvin competes at NCAA tennis Round of 16


PALO ALTO, Calif. — The Division I college tennis career of former Hampden Academy star Eliot Potvin came to an end Thursday as 16th-ranked Georgia Tech dropped a 4-0 decision to the No. 2 University of Southern California during the Round of 16 at the NCAA championships hosted by Stanford University.

USC is the two-time defending national champion.

Potvin, a four-year starter for the Yellow Jackets, and second doubles partner Ryan Smith jumped out to a 4-3 lead in their match but USC won the next five games to earn an 8-3 victory. Potvin, playing fourth singles, then lost a 6-2, 6-0 decision to Ray Sarmiento, the 47th-ranked player in Division I.

Georgia Tech finished the season with a 21-6 record good for the second-most victories in school history.

The team reached the national Round of 16 for the first time since 1994 by defeating Middle Tennessee State 4-0 and 21st-ranked Mississippi State 4-1 during first- and second-round matches hosted by Georgia Tech last week.

Potvin won both his singles and doubles matches against Middle Tennessee State, as well as his doubles match against Mississippi State. His singles match against MSU was in the third and final set when it was halted after Georgia Tech clinched the team victory.

Potvin, a former two-time Maine interscholastic champion while playing for coach John Plourde at Hampden Academy, finished his senior season at Georgia Tech with a 14-10 singles record and a 17-8 doubles record.

Potvin intends to enter several professional tournaments this summer.

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