MACON, Ga. – Georgia State men’s tennis concluded its second fall tournament of 2018 on Sunday at the Mercer Gridiron Classic, headlined by runner-up honors in the Flight A Doubles Consolation bracket from Andrei Duarte and Patrick Lazo.
The two other Panthers who competed over the weekend, Kevin and Steven Huynh, also triumphed in doubles play, as the pair reached the quarterfinals of the Flight A Doubles bracket. GSU also found success individually and was once again able to produce solid results, finishing the tournament with a 15-7 overall record.
“For Kevin and Steven it was their first fall tournament of the semester so it was nice to see Kevin pick up some singles wins and doubles wins as well with his brother Steven,” GSU head coach Jonathan Wolff said. “Andrei and Patrick definitely displayed some great tennis as well all throughout the tournament.”
Duarte and Lazo opened doubles play with a tough loss in the opening round but bounced back to win their next three and reach the finals of the Flight A Consolation bracket. There, the two were defeated by Tim Becker and John Sakellarides of Florida Southern 6-1.
The Huynh brothers earned 7-6 (5) and 6-3 victories in their first two matches of doubles play before falling in the quarterfinal round of the Flight A bracket to Pyry Hyrkkonen and Luiz Faria of Coastal Carolina 6-3. Despite the loss in the quarterfinals, Kevin and Steven Huynh ended with a 2-1 record in doubles play in their fall tournament debut.
In singles play, Duarte led the Panthers with a 4-1 record and a trip to the semifinal round of the Flight A bracket. He won his first three matches in dominant fashion before dropping a 6-3, 6-2 result to Dominik Barton of Jacksonville, then responded with a win in the extra consolation draw to end the tournament on a high note.
Also competing in the Flight A Singles bracket was Kevin Huynh, who won his first two matches before falling in the quarterfinals to Jorge Nunez of Jacksonville 6-3, 6-3. He then went on to win his final match of the tournament in the extra consolation draw 6-1, 6-0.
Lazo went 3-1 in the Flight B Singles bracket, winning his first two matches and making it to the quarterfinal round, where he lost to Hykkonen of Coastal Carolina in three sets. Lazo bounced back to end the weekend with a win in the consolation draw. Steven Huynh ended the tournament after falling in the round of 32 in the Flight B bracket.
“Overall, I was really proud to see how these four student-athletes competed all weekend long in such hot and humid conditions,” Wolff said. “It is a great feeling to know that our team is one of the fittest ones out there.”
Georgia State is back in action this Friday for the Georgia Gwinnett Invitational in Gwinnett, Ga.
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