UK’s Eric Quigley finishes as NCAA singles runner-up

UK senior men’s tennis player Eric Quigley was defeated by the No. 1 seed, Southern California’s Steve Johnson, in the NCAA Singles Tournament final Monday at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga.

Quigley’s serve was broken once in each set, with Johnson taking a 6-4, 6-4 straight-set win.

Quigley defeated five ranked players en route to the championship match. The win finished Johnson’s collegiate career with 72 consecutive wins.

“I thought I served well again today and had some chances, but he came up with some big first serves in key situations,” Quigley said in a UK Athletics release. “That is what makes him so good is when he is able to make those big shots at such critical times of the match. I am happy with the way I played and I wish I would have won, but I’m not disappointed. I had a great career and a great week out here.”

Quigley ends his career as a five-time All-American and was named the SEC Player of the Year. He finished the year with a 54-8 record, and now holds the program record for most wins in a season and in a career.

“I don’t even know where to begin, it has been the best four years of my life,” Quigley said in the release. “I never dreamed of accomplishing half the things that I was able to accomplish here. I really owe a lot to Cedric Kauffmann and Dennis Emery for all they have done for me. I don’t really have words to describe the last four years. It’s been a dream.”