ATLANTA-The Georgia State men's tennis team travels to Birmingham, Ala., for a mid-week matchup against the UAB Blazers on Wednesday.
The Panthers (8-6) and Blazers (10-7) will meet for the ninth time in series history on Wednesday at 3 p.m. local time (4 p.m. E.T.). Georgia State is looking to build momentum off its first Sun Belt Conference victory since it joined the conference prior to the season. GSU rallied to win a 4-3 match against Louisiana Lafayette on Saturday thanks to singles victories from senior Lucas Santa Ana and junior Robert Schulze.
GSU is looking to jump back into the ITA National Team rankings with an important win vs. UAB. The Blazers entered the year ranked inside the Top 75 and have won eight of their last nine matches.
"UAB is a good team that is having a very good season," first-year head coach Joerg Barthel, "I expect this match be close and the team that is better prepared, tougher mentally and more disciplined will come out on top."
Senior Victor Valente, the No. 81-ranked player in the ITA National Singles rankings, puts his six-match winning streak in singles play on the line on Wednesday. He owns an 11-2 record in singles on the year and is a perfect 12-0 with senior Lucas Santa Ana in doubles play. Also on a hot streak is Schulze with a four-match streak in singles play on the line. His most recent singles victory improved him to 10-2 on the season.
UAB senior David Zimmermann rides a nine-match winning streak in singles play into Wednesday's match. He is 12-5 on the season playing all of his matches at the No. 1 position. The Blazers, like the Panthers, excel in doubles play with to 10-win doubles pairings at the No. 2 and 3 positions.
"We are in a difficult part of our schedule and are coming off of a great win over a Sun Belt rival," Barthel said, "As team we are learning to deal with adversity a little better and it has helped us through some tough matches."
Visit the men's tennis page at GeorgiaStateSports.com for a full recap and a box score following the match.