ATLANTA--The No. 61-ranked Georgia State men's tennis team hosts an important match against Winthrop on Sunday looking for a bounce-back victory to close the weekend slate.
The Panthers (7-6) will look to close the weekend with a victory to build momentum towards an important stretch of matches next week. GSU and Winthrop have met each year since 2009 with the team's splitting the four matchups. The Panthers won a 6-0 match last year at the Sharon Lester Tennis Center.
GSU is looking to bounce back from a narrow 4-3 loss at No. 67-ranked Georgia Tech on Thursday. Highlighting the match was seniors Victor Valente and Lucas Santa Ana who set a school record with a victory against the No. 3-ranked doubles pair in the nation. The two improved to 11-0 this season in doubles play and notched the first doubles victory for a GSU team vs. a nationally-ranked foe since 2009. Valente then won a 6-4, 6-4 decision against No. 53-ranked Juan Spir in singles play. It was Valente's fifth win over a nationally-ranked opponent this season.
"We are working on finding our identity as a team," first-year head coach Joerg Barthel said, "A season is a long process of ups and downs and we have to respond to adversity well in order to win tough matches."
Winthrop (2-7) is looking to snap a three-match losing streak on Sunday. Leading the Eagles is Dylan Comerford at the No. 1 position. The Eagles won a 5-2 match vs. Tennessee Tech earlier this season which GSU beat 6-1 on Jan. 21.
Georgia State faces three teams that were ranked in the preseason in its next three matches. First GSU hosts Sun Belt foe Louisiana Lafayette next Saturday before travelling to Birmingham, Ala., for a match against UAB on Mar. 13. GSU then hosts No. 69-ranked North Florida on Mar. 18 at the Blackburn Tennis Center.
Live stats will be provided for the match courtesy of GeorgiaStateSports.com. Visit the men's tennis page for a full recap and results following the match.