NEW ORLEANS - The Georgia State men's tennis team defeated Western Kentucky 4-0 Friday night in the quarterfinals of the Sun Belt Conference Championship in at the City Park Tennis Center.
The No. 3-seeded Panthers will face No. 2-seeded South Alabama in the semi-finals at 4 p.m. EST Saturday.
The defending champions started off the championship by grabbing the doubles point. Sofiane Chevallier and Felipe Jaworski defeated Andrew Fish and Matt Brown at No. 3 doubles, 8-3. Eric Baum and Valentin Horvat, at No. 2 doubles, defeated Josh Smith and Alex Stewart 8-4.
In singles, Chevallier cruised by Fish 6-1, 6-0 at No. 3 singles. At No. 5 singles, Felipe Jaworski defeated Stewart 6-3, 6-1. Clinching the match for GSU was Valentin Horvat at No. 6 singles. Horvat defeated Patrick De Seroux 6-0, 6-0.
"I thought the team did a good job at staying focused even with the weather delay," assistant coach Kurt Clemmons said. "We got a little extra rest this morning, relaxed in the hotel most of the day and when we got to the courts, got in a really good warm-up. Everyone was ready to go when the first match started.
"We got off to a good start in doubles even though Western Kentucky also got off to a pretty good start. I thought we fought through the first few games and then really started to find our stride. In singles, I think we got a good boost from Sofiane finishing so quickly. That really helped give the guys confidence. It was good to get through the day and now we will rest up and get ready for tomorrow."
Live scoring for Georgia State's match with South Alabama can be found at the Sun Belt's Tournament Central.