ATHENS, Ga. – Georgia State men’s tennis wrapped up play in the ITA Southeast Regional hosted by Georgia on Monday, as the Panthers finished with a winning record for the third time in their last four fall tournaments.
While GSU was unable to have a player or doubles team reach the quarterfinals of the Main Draws, the team had two players end the weekend with at least four wins in singles play in Kevin Huynh and Bailey Showers. Together, Georgia State ended the tournament with a 22-18 overall record.
“Overall, I’m very pleased on how we competed as a team this weekend,” GSU head coach Jonathan Wolff said. “Bringing all 10 of our players to one of the toughest regional tournaments in the country, I was not sure how we would stack up. Every player exceeded my expectations and maintained a great level of composure throughout the tournament. We will certainly look to build off this leading into our final couple of fall tournaments of the preseason.”
Of the seven Panthers who opened the tournament in the Singles Qualifying bracket, three made it to the Main Draw after an 8-2 start on day one. Kevin Huynh, Diego Padilha and Showers all went undefeated on Friday to make it to the Main Draw and join Quentin Coulaud, Roberts Grinvalds and Giles Hussey.
In the Singles Main Draw bracket, Coulaud was the only one of the six Panthers to win his opening matchup in the Round of 64. Coulaud defeated Ignacio Garcia of Florida Atlantic 6-1, 7-5 before falling to Alberto Barroso-Campos of South Florida in two sets. Grinvalds, Hussey, Kevin Huynh and Showers all ended the tournament on a high note after picking up wins in the Consolation bracket.
Both Grinvalds and Showers made it to the quarterfinals of the Main Draw Consolation bracket, before both dropping close matches to their opponents. Grinvalds fell 3-6, 6-3, 0-1(6) to Mikhail Sokolovskiy of Central Florida and Showers was defeated by Antonio Muniz Hidalgo of Georgia Southern 3-6, 4-6.
In the Doubles Main Draw, three pairs of doubles partners for Georgia State earned opening-round victories. MacFarlane and Hussey defeated Fermin Calvo Barcelo and Bryan Triana of Kennesaw State 8-2 before falling in the Round of 32 to a team from Miami 8-7(5). Also notching first-round wins before getting knocked out in round two were Grinvalds and Duarte and Kevin Huynh and Coulaud.
Lazo and Steven Huynh fell in the first round to Sean Burnette and Tobias Sonne of South Florida 8-3 while Showers and Padilha were forced to withdraw due to an injury earlier in the tournament.
Georgia State is back in action Friday for the Pro Circuit Futures in Birmingham, Ala.
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