PEACHTREE CITY, Ga.- The Georgia State men’s tennis team fell 4-1 in a heartbreaking loss to the No. 3 seed South Alabama in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament finals.
With the loss, the team fell to 14-11 and the Jaguars improved to 14-9.
GSU opened the match with a doubles clinch, earning the point in the third set. No. 39 Loic Cloes and Clement Marzol defeated Sebastian Acuna and Andrei Duarte 6-1, but Giles Hussey and Jack MacFarlane split doubles play with a 6-4 win at the No. 2 position. Andrei Andrukhou and Bailey Showers clinched the point at the No. 3 position with a 7-6(4) victory.
South Alabama tied the match 1-1 as Hussey fell 6-1, 6-3 before going ahead 2-1 at the No. 1 position with Andrukhou falling 6-4, 6-4. The Jaguars went within one of the clinch at the No. 6 position, with Maxime Lapraille defeating Bailey Showers 6-1, 7-6(5). The team earned the clinch at the No. 2 position as Acuna fell 6-1, 7-5.
Georgia State will hold out hope for an at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament, which begins in mid-May.
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1. Marzol, Clement (USA) def. Andrukhou, Andrei (GSU) 6-4, 6-4
2. Cloes, Loic (USA) def. Acuna, Sebastian (GSU) 6-1, 7-5
3. Modica, Sacha (USA) def. Hussey, Giles (GSU) 6-1, 6-3
4. Coulaud, Quentin (GSU) vs. Gonzalez, Lucas (USA) 2-6, 6-2, 0-1, unfinished
5. Huynh, Kevin (GSU) vs. Gingras, Olivier (USA) 4-6, 6-3, 0-1, unfinished
6. Lapraille, Maxime (USA) def. Showers, Bailey (GSU) 6-1, 7-6 (7-5)
1. #39 Cloes, Loic/Marzol, Clement (USA) def. Acuna, Sebastian/Duarte, Andrei (GSU) 6-1
2. Hussey, Giles/MacFarlane, Jack (GSU) def. Modica, Sacha/Gingras, Olivier (USA) 6-4
3. Andrukhou, Andrei/Showers, Bailey (GSU) def. Di Loreto, Santiago/Lapraille, Maxime (USA) 7-6 (6-4)