ATLANTA- The Georgia State men’s tennis team concluded its first season under head coach Jonathan Wolff, earned the No. 1 seed in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament and finishing second in the conference.
The Panthers finished the season with a 14-11 (2-1 SBC) record, defeating Power 5 opponent LSU during ITA Kickoff Weekend hosted by Texas A&M. The team had a slow start to the season, going 4-3 through January play.
Georgia State closed February play on a three-match winning streak, the first of two during the season. The team went 5-1 at home, dropping its only home match to Louisville in the home opener.
The Panthers fell 4-1 in the finals of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament, sweeping two opponents on their way to the championship match. GSU posted five sweeps during the season, including the 4-0 victory over in-state foe Mercer to open the season.
The team had four student-athletes earn post-season honors, with senior Sebastian Acuna being honored twice. Andrei Andrukhou was named to the All-Sun Belt Singles First Team, while Acuna and junior Giles Hussey were tabbed to the All-Sun Belt Singles Second Team. Acuna and partner Andrei Duarte were named to the All-Sun Belt Doubles Second Team, with Wolff earning Co-Coach of the Year.
Hussey led the team in singles play, posting a 16-5 record and being the only player to earn over 15 wins. The Swindon, England native played at the bottom four positions, with an 8-1 record at the No. 3 position.
Andrukhou led the team with five clinches, including the opening two matches of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament. The Minsk, Belarus native earned a 10-10 record, playing exclusively at the No. 1 position.
Two pairs led the team’s doubles efforts, with Acuna and Duarte earning a 9-5 record and Hussey and Jack MacFarlane posting an 8-3 record. Hussey and MacFarlane led the team with six doubles point clinches, while Acuna and Duarte ranked second with three.
“As a first year head coach I'm very proud of the way the guys rallied behind myself and the rest of the team this season,” Wolff said. “We had players step up from every position in the lineup thoughout the season which really added depth to the team. It was great to see the younger guys respond well to their first season of college tennis by embracing the team environment and dealing with the pressure that comes with it. We certainly had a nice run towards the end of the season and into the Sun Belt Tournament Championship, but hats off to South Alabama who really earned the victory in the finals. We are sad to see out two seniors graduate as they have been instrumental to our program on and off the court, but I know they will both be successful in whatever they pursue. We have a solid core group of student-athletes on the roster who are returning next year and we are adding three individuals who will make an immediate impact to the team. We are excited to get back to work over the summer and during the fall semester to continue to improve and build a championship team.”
The team will lose two seniors in the off-season, returning six players to next year’s roster. The Panthers will welcome three signees for the fall semester.
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