What you need to know:
* The Panthers fell 4-2 in a tough road-contest at Auburn.
* With the loss, the team fell to 4-4 on the season.
* GSU will return to the court next weekend, facing its third-straight Power-5 opponent at Clemson.
AUBURN, Ala.- The Georgia State men’s tennis team fell 4-2 in a tough contest at Auburn Friday afternoon.
With the loss, the Panthers fell to 4-4 while the Tigers improved to 5-2.
Both teams played tough for the doubles point, with Auburn clinching the point in the third set. Giles Hussey and Kevin Huynh fell 6-0 at the No. 2 position, but Andrei Andrukhou and Quentin Coulaud tied doubles play with a 7-6 win. After a tight match, Sebastian Acuna and Andrei Duarte fell 7-6 at the No. 3 position.
The Tigers took a 2-0 as Huynh fell 6-1, 6-1 at the No. 4 position, but Duarte closed Auburn’s lead to 2-1 with a 6-3, 6-1 victory at the No. 6 position. Coulaud’s 6-3, 6-4 victory over Matteo De Vincentis tied the match at 2-2, but Acuna fell 6-4, 6-4 at the No. 3 position and the Tigers took the lead again.
Auburn clinched the match at the No. 5 position, as Hussey fell 2-6, 7-5, 4-6. Andrukhou’s match was suspended due to the clinch.
"I'm really happy with the fight the guys put up today," assistant coach Steve Forman said. "This time it didn't go our way but it literally came down to a few points here and there. Auburn is a big SEC school with a good team, so we're happy for Andrei Duarte to get his first start and a big win."
The Panthers will return to the court next weekend, facing their third-straight Power-5 opponent at Clemson.
1. Edward Nguyen (AUBURN) vs. Andrei Andrukhou (GSU) 6-4, 6-7 (6-8), 2-1, unfinished
2. Quentin Coulaud (GSU) def. Matteo De Vincentis (AUBURN) 6-3, 6-4
3. Carles Sarrio (AUBURN) def. Sebastian Acuna (GSU) 6-4, 6-4
4. Olle Thestrup (AUBURN) def. Kevin Huynh (GSU) 6-1, 6-1
5. Tad Maclean (AUBURN) def. Giles Hussey (GSU) 6-2, 5-7, 6-4
6. Andrei Duarte (GSU) def. Lorenzo Rodriguez (AUBURN) 6-3, 6-1
1. Andrei Andrukhou/Quentin Coulaud (GSU) def. Edward Nguyen/Matteo De Vincentis (AUBURN) 7-6 (7-5)
2. Diego Chavarria/Carles Sarrio (AUBURN) def. Giles Hussey/Kevin Huynh (GSU) 6-0
3. Olle Thestrup/Tad Maclean (AUBURN) def. Andrei Duarte/Sebastian Acuna (GSU) 7-6 (7-3)