CHARLESTON, S.C. - The Georgia State men's tennis team struggled at the first day of the Charleston Challenge, going 0-2 in doubles and 3-6 in singles.
In doubles, Robert Schulze and Valentin Horvat lost to Charleston's Zack Lewis and Gordon 8-7. Thomas Cook and Jannis Koeke fell to Charleston's Alon Faiman and Stephen Hardy 8-6.
In singles, Schulze, Koeke and Cook all won one match each. Schulze defeated CofC's Josh Record in three sets, 1-6, 7-5, 6-3. He then lost to Faiman 6-1, 6-2.
Koeke won over Charleston's Matt Daly 6-2, 6-0. He lost to Espinosa in a tight three-setter, 6-3, 6-7, 6-4.
Cook came from behind to defeat Wilson 4-6, 6-3, 6-0. He lost to Lewis 6-3, 6-4.
Horvat lost both of his matches Friday, falling to Charlie Grhiskey 6-3, 6-2 and Gordon Garrett 6-2, 6-3.
"Today was a very disappointing day of tennis," head coach Joerg Barthel said. "We did not play up to our goals and missed the chance to get the better as a team today. The level of leadership will need to improve or we will struggle this coming season. In doubles, we have plenty of work to do to play our game plans and trust in it.
"We need to find consistency and learn to understand the daily grind of college tennis. Adversity during matches is something we need to overcome better. We will come back tomorrow, work hard, fight adversity and compete at the highest level and get better as a team."
The Panthers will hit the courts again Saturday morning.