Murfreesboro, Tenn.—The Georgia State men's tennis team could not capitalize on an early 2-1 advantage and fell 4-2 on Sunday in the finals of the MTSU Shootout against No. 43-ranked Middle Tennessee State.

Georgia State (11-9) wrapped up a successful tournament by reaching the finals on Sunday. The Panthers won back-to-back matches on Saturday against Illinois State by a 4-1 margin and against No. 72-ranked Elon by a 4-2 score. The win against Elon marked Georgia State’s second win this season against a nationally-ranked team.

"We played well and we are moving in the right direction," first-year head coach Joerg Barthel said. "Our best tennis is still ahead of us and that's where we want to be towards the end of our season."

Senior Victor Valente highlighted the Sunday effort with yet another straight-set singles victory at the No. 1 position. Valente won 6-2, 6-2 vs. MTSU’s Ben Davis to highlight the GSU (11-9) effort on the day. The victory was Valente’s 15th on the year and came against an opponent that was previously ranked in the ITA National Singles rankings.

Junior Robert Schulze fought back for a 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 win in the No. 3 singles slot to provide Georgia State’s second point. It was the junior’s third-consecutive singles victory.

The Panthers next travel to Wilmington, N.C., to take on UNCW this Sunday. GSU and UNCW are old rivals from the Colonial Athletic Association and will meet on Sunday at Noon. Visit the men’s tennis page on GeorgiaStateSports.com for a preview of the match.

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