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ATLANTA – Georgia State men’s tennis will round out its three-match road stretch this weekend, as the Panthers square off against UNCW on Friday and against cross-town foe Georgia Tech on Sunday.
GSU (2-2) aims to bounce back after falling 4-1 last Friday at Louisville, marking the second consecutive year the Panthers have split their first four contests. Despite the loss, Georgia State notched its first doubles point of the season against the Cards after getting victories from Bailey Showers/Diego Padilha and Giles Hussey/Jack MacFarlane.
Showers and Padilha bring a perfect 2-0 record into Friday’s match after collecting a 6-1 victory over U of L’s 34th-ranked Brandon Lancaster/George Hedley.
In singles play, Showers and Andrei Duarte lead the team with two victories apiece. Showers has gotten off to a 2-1 start at the No. 4 spot, while Duarte has a 2-1 record at the No. 5 position. True freshman Roberts Grinvalds is the lone Panther to move into the weekend with an active winning streak in singles, as his last completed match resulted in a 6-2, 6-3 victory over USF’s Chase Ferguson on Jan. 27.
UNCW (3-3) has won back-to-back matches after starting the year 1-3, securing a 7-0 win over North Florida and a 5-2 victory over Gardner-Webb last week. The Seahawks are led by junior Daniel Groom, who earned CAA Player of the Week honors after going a combined 4-0 in singles and doubles during the team’s win streak.
Georgia Tech (3-2) will look to snap its two-match losing streak as it returns home to take on Kennesaw State on Friday before hosting the Panthers on Sunday. The Yellow Jackets are a perfect 3-0 at home this year behind solid play of three nationally ranked individuals in No. 38 Carlos Divar, No. 69 Cole Gromley and No. 81 Andrew Li.
First serve on Friday is set for 1 p.m. in Wilmington, N.C. In Sunday’s match at Georgia Tech, first serve is set for noon and the Panthers will look to earn their third-ever win over the Yellow Jackets in program history.
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