ATLANTA--The No. 59-ranked Georgia State men's tennis team breezed to a 5-2 victory over Samford on Sunday afternoon at the Sharon Lester Tennis Center.
GSU improved to 4-1 on the season with the victory and will play two matches next weekend at the Blackburn Tennis Center. The Panthers take on Georgia Southern on Saturday at 1 p.m. before hosting Nicholls State on Sunday at 9 p.m.
"We are happy to earn a win here, I thought we started slowly in the match and that is an area that we work on a lot," first-year head coach Joerg Barthel said. "I'm a little disappointed that we came out with low energy at the beginning. The energy picked up and we started playing a lot better as the match went on."
The Panthers took a competitive doubles point with junior Thomas Cook and freshman Andrew Zedde clinching the point with an 8-7 win at No. 3 doubles. The win was the duo's first as a team. The win clinched the point after seniors Victor Valente and Lucas Santa Ana won an 8-4 match at the No. 2 position.
GSU stayed hot during singles play as Valente and Santa Ana breezed through quick singles victories at the No. 1 and No. 4 position respectively. Santa Ana was first off the court following a 6-2, 6-0 win over Samford's Alex Sajonz. Valente, the No. 54-ranked player in the ITA National Singles rankings, followed with a 6-2, 6-4 win at the No. 1 position against Zac Dunkle.
Georgia State improved to No. 59 in the latest ITA National Team rankings. It is the fourth time in the last seven seasons GSU has cracked the Top 60 during the season. The Panthers jumped into the Top 60 last season twice at No. 54 (Apr. 14) and No. 55 (Apr. 21).
Visit the men's tennis page on GeorgiaStateSports.com for a preview of next weekend's matches.