Murfreesboro, Tenn.—The Georgia State men’s tennis team notched a victory against a nationally-ranked opponent to advance to the finals of the MTSU Shootout on Saturday.
The Panthers (11-8) notched a 4-2 win against No. 72-ranked Elon in the second round on Saturday. The win followed a 4-1 triumph against sixth-seeded Illinois State in the first round of the tournament. GSU advances to face the No. 1 seed, and No. 43-ranked, Middle Tennessee State on Sunday.
GSU, the No. 3 seed in the tournament, began its day with an efficient win against Illinois State. Sophomore Sofiane Chevallier clinched the win for the Panthers at the No. 6 singles position. He defeated Rodrigo Oliveira 0-6, 6-3, 6-4. Junior Thomas Cook won 6-2, 6-2 in the No. 2 spot, senior Lucas Santa Ana won 6-3, 6-4 at the No. 3 position and junior Robert Schulze won 6-2, 6-2 at No. 4 singles.
Cook clinched the Georgia State victory against Elon by winning a 6-1, 2-6, 6-4 match against Stefan Fortmann. The match came down to his singles win as GSU rallied from 3-2 down thanks to a 6-4, 6-4 victory from Chevallier at the No. 6 spot. Santa Ana (6-3, 7-6) and Schulze (6-2, 6-3) also won singles matches to lead Georgia State to the win.
“We are playing up to my expectations as a team and are coming together as a group,” first-year head coach Joerg Barthel said, “It is a great achievement to reach the finals and play the host, MTSU. We are understanding what it takes to play great as a team and today was a great team effort.”
Georgia State and Middle Tennessee are slated to play at Noon on Sunday for the tournament title. Visit the men’s tennis page following the match for a full recap and box score.