Statesboro, Ga.--Georgia State senior Victor Valente took the singles title in the Blue Draw with a 6-7, 7-5, 1-0 (10-6) victory over teammate Robert Schulze in the finals to lead the men's tennis team at the Georgia Southern Championships this weekend.
The Panthers won 21 matches and dropped just one against competition from other schools on the weekend. Senior Lucas Santa Ana took home the White Draw singles title with a 6-3, 6-4 victory in the finals against Georgia Southern's Marco Osorio. Schulze teamed with sophomore Sofiane Chevallier to win the Main Draw doubles title with an 8-6 win in the finals against GSU's Santa Ana and Valente.
Chevallier took third place in the White Draw singles with a 6-0, 6-7 (6), 6-2 win vs. Georgia Southern's Albert Codina Sala in the third-place match.
In its first action of the 2012-13 season, the Panthers took on competition from Arkansas, Kennesaw State, Mercer and South Carolina-Aiken. The 60th-ranked Georgia State and 58th-ranked Arkansas were the two teams with national rankings in the ITA-sanctioned tournament.
GSU, led by first-year head coach Joerg Barthel, now prepares for the ITA Southeast Regional Championships hosted by Florida State University beginning on Thursday, Oct. 18. Visit the men's tennis page for a preview of the tournament.