Lafayette, La.—The Georgia State men’s tennis team advanced to the Sun Belt Conference Championship semifinals with a 4-0 win vs. Troy in the quarterfinals on Thursday.
Georgia State advanced to face South Alabama on Friday. GSU and South Alabama will play at 2 p.m. at the Bourgeois Hall courts in Lafayette, La.
Junior Robert Schulze clinched the win for Georgia State with a straight-set, 6-4, 6-4 win against Troy’s Daniel Bustamante. Schulze’s win improved his record to 8-2 at the No. 4 position and to 14-7 overall in singles play.
"We played a good match and I feel like we are playing our best tennis at the end of the season," first-year head coach Joerg Barthel said. "We are looking forward to another match against South Alabama, we feel like we match up well with them and we came here to compete."
The Panthers (13-10) took the doubles point to start and earned three quick singles victories to clinch the match. Senior Lucas Santa Ana won 6-1, 6-1 to begin singles play at the No. 3 position. Santa Ana won his straight-set contest against Mansingh Athare for his 13th singles victory on the season.
Senior Victor Valente, ranked No. 89 in the ITA National Singles rankings, extended his singles win streak to four matches with a 6-0, 6-1 win in the top spot. Valente defeated Troy’s Anas Rouchdi in the No. 1 singles position. Schulze clinched the match following Valente’s win.
In doubles, junior Thomas Cook and freshman Paul Schuette paired to win an 8-3 match against Troy’s Andre Stabile and Tommy Cundy. Sophomore Sofiane Chevallier and Schulze teamed up to win an 8-3 match in the No. 2 spot against Rouchdi and Patrick Eichler.
Visit the men’s tennis page on GeorgiaStateSports.com for links to live stats of Friday’s match. Check back for a full recap and box score following the match.