ATLANTA--In an eight-hour epic, juniors Thomas Cook and Robert Schulze won the decisive doubles match in come-from-behind fashion to lead the No. 60-ranked Georgia State men's tennis team to a 4-3 victory against College of Charleston on Saturday night.
GSU (7-3) competed through the grueling 7-hour and 47-minute match only to tie the College of Charleston (2-3) at 3-all. The match began with singles play with the first team to reach four points earning the victory. Neither team could gain the advantage as the match advanced to the doubles point. Seniors Victor Valente and Lucas Santa notched a quick 8-2 win at No. 2 doubles to set up the No. 1 and 3 doubles matches as the deciding points.
Cook and Schulze faced a 6-2 deficit in the No. 1 doubles match before the duo mounted a comeback in the latter half of the match. The two fought back to tie the match at 7-7 and force a tiebreaker to decide the doubles match and decide the team outcome. The two came up clutch in the tiebreaker by winning 9-7 to take the match.
Valente and Santa Ana also put GSU on the board with singles victories at the No. 1 and 3 positions respectively. Valente won 7-5, 6-1 against Allanic Brice at the No. 1 spot while Santa Ana won 3-6, 6-2, 6-3.
Schulze also won his singles match 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 against College of Charleston's Charlie Ghriskey.
The Panthers host George Washington on Sunday morning at 10 a.m. for a dual match. GSU also hosts the unfinished singles portion of its dual match against South Alabama on Sunday at 2 p.m. Visit the men's tennis page on GeorgiaStateSports.com on Sunday night for a full recap of both matches.www.GeorgiaStateSports.com