Men's Tennis Falls To Santa Clara
LOS ANGELES - The No. 64 Georgia State men's tennis team lost to Santa Clara, 4-0, in the ITA Kick-Off Weekend event.
The Panthers (2-2) went 0-2 at the Kick-Off event, losing to No. 63 Wichita State 4-3 on Saturday.
At No. 3 doubles, freshmen Jannis Koeke and Eric Baum were the only Panther pair to win their doubles match. They defeated Jesse Ross and Mikheil Khmiadashvilli 6-5 (3). Both of Georgia State's other two pairs lost 6-5. At No. 1 doubles, Thomas Cook and Felipe Jaworski lost to John Lamble and Ilya Osintsev 6-5 (2) and at No. 2 doubles, Robert Schulze and Sofiane Chevallier lost to Sam Bertram and Ashot Khacharyan 6-5 (6).
The Panthers only completed three singles matches, but were in the second set of the last three singles matches.
At No. 1 singles, Cook lost to Lamble 6-1, 6-2. At No. 2 singles, Jaworski lost to Osintsev 6-2, 6-1. At No. 3 singles, Koeke lost to Khacharyan 6-4, 6-0. Schulze, Baum and Chevallier all won their first sets and were leading in the second set when the match was called.
"We were up 5-3 on every doubles court and stopped playing our games," head coach Joerg Barthel said. "Give Santa Clara credit, they deserved the win, but this was overall a disappointing match after being in control. We have to learn to finish. It's not how you start, but it's how you finish."
Georgia State will return to Atlanta for a few days of practice before heading to New York to face Columbia on Jan. 31 and Cornell on Feb. 2.