Birmingham, Ala.--The No. 75-ranked Georgia State men's tennis team dropped a 4-2 match at UAB on Wednesday afternoon in Birmingham, Ala.
The Panthers (8-7) could not climb back from an early deficit after dropping the doubles point to the Blazers (12-7). GSU sophomore Sofiane Chevallier won a lone singles match with a come-from-behind 5-7, 6-0, 6-1 win at the No. 6 position against Lucas Dirube. Chevallier, the No. 17-ranked player in the ITA Southeast Regional Singles rankings, has now won two of his last three singles matches.
Georgia State senior Lucas Santa Ana also won his singles match, 4-6, 6-0, 3-0 after his opponent retired in the third set. The win was Santa Ana's second-consecutive, three-set victory and his first in the No. 2 slot this season. He improved his singles record to 8-7 this season.
GSU fell at the Nos. 2 and 3 doubles positions to drop the doubles point. The senior tandem of Lucas Santa Ana and Victor Valente, who set a school record by earning the No. 38 ranking in the ITA National Doubles rankings, played to an unfinished result in the top doubles spot. The duo is 12-0 this season in doubles play.
Santa Ana was en route to a comeback victory when his match was stopped. He led 3-0 in the third set after dropping the first set 6-4 and winning the second set 6-0. Junior Robert Schulze was also in his third set when his match was stopped. Valente had his six-match winning streak in singles play halted by UAB senior David Zimmerman, falling 6-3, 6-3.
Georgia State, led by first-year head coach Joerg Barthel, returns home for a 10 a.m. match against North Florida on Monday at the Blackburn Tennis Center. Visit the men's tennis page on GeorgiaStateSports.com for a preview of the match.
UAB 4, #75 Georgia State 1
No. 1 - Tom Puetz/David Zimmerman (UAB) vs. Lucas Santa Ana/Victor Valente (GSU) 6-4, unf.
No. 2 - Lucas Dirube/Chris Helliar (UAB) def. Thomas Cook/Robert Schulze (GSU) 8-4
No. 3 - Luiz Felipe Pinto/Rafael Rondino (UAB) def. Sofiane Chevallier/Paul Schuette (GSU) 8-4
Order of Finish: 3, 2
No. 1 - David Zimmerman (UAB) def. Victor Valente (GSU) 6-3, 6-3
No. 2 - Lucas Santa Ana (GSU) def. Tom Puetz (UAB) 4-6, 6-0, 3-0 ret.
No. 3 - Rafael Rondino (UAB) def. Thomas Cook (GSU) 7-5, 0-6, 6-3
No. 4 - Chris Helliar (UAB) vs. Robert Schulze (GSU) 3-6, 6-1, 4-3, unf.
No. 5 - Luiz Felipe Pinto (UAB) def. Paul Schuette (GSU) 6-1, 7-5
No. 6 - Sofiane Chevallier (GSU) def. Lucas Dirube (UAB) 5-7, 6-0, 6-1
Order of Finish: 1, 5, 6, 2, 3