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Courtesy: Georgia State Sports Communications

Men's Tennis Preps for ITA Southeast Regional at FSU

Courtesy: Randy Lieberman/Sports Communications
Release: October 17, 2012
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ATLANTA--The Georgia State men's tennis team continues its fall schedule at the highly-competitive ITA Southeast Regional in Tallahassee, Fla., beginning on Thursday.

The Southeast region is regarded as one of the strongest of the 12 different regions as broken down by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. The region boasts eight nationally-ranked teams as of last year's final rankings in Georgia (5), Florida (12), Florida State (32), South Florida (51), Georgia State (60), Georgia Tech (62), North Florida (66) and Miami (67). All results from this weekend's ITA-sanctioned tournament will be recorded for individual singles and doubles results only.

Georgia State enters the tournament following a dominating showing at the Georgia Southern Championships. Senior Victor Valente took the singles title in the Blue Draw with a 6-7, 7-5, 1-0 (10-6) victory over teammate junior Robert Schulze in the finals. The Panthers won 21 matches and dropped just one against competition from other schools. 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.

Thursday will mark the first time GSU, led by first-year head coach Joerg Barthel, has competed in the ITA Southeast Regionals since 2007 at Lexington, Ky. Play at this year's event begins at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday morning with the qualifying draw for the singles competition. The matches on Friday, Saturday and Sunday begin at 9 a.m. each morning until Monday when the finals of the singles and doubles events begin at 10 a.m.

Fans can follow the action live by checking tournament central courtesy of Seminoles.com and by following the Florida State men's tennis team on Twitter (@FSU_MTennis). Check the men's tennis page on GeorgiaStateSports.com following the weekend for a full recap of the event.

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