What you need to know:
* Georgia State hits the road for matches against No. 45 South Florida and Florida Gulf Coast
* Doubles partners Roberts Grinvalds and Andrei Duarte enter the week on a six-match win streak
* First serve against USF is set for 1:30 p.m. Monday at the USF Varsity Tennis Courts
ATLANTA – After a week-long break in the schedule, Georgia State men’s tennis returns to action with a trip to the Sunshine State for matches against No. 45 South Florida on Monday and Florida Gulf Coast on Wednesday.
The Panthers (7-7) will be back on the court for the first time since their 4-0 sweep over Southern Miss on March 9, the third sweep for GSU this season. The blue and white have been sparked by solid doubles play as of late, with tandem Andrei Duarte and Roberts Grinvalds entering the week on a six-match win streak.
Grinvalds and teammate Vazha Shubladze have both been hitting their stride in singles play, as the two freshmen lead the team in singles victories this year with seven and six, respectively. Giles Hussey, the only player in the conference to be named Sun Belt Player of the Week for multiple weeks, leads GSU with three wins at the No. 1 position.
USF (9-5) moved into the ITA National Rankings this week, taking the No. 45 spot after going toe-to-toe with No. 4 Virginia in a 4-3 loss and defeating George Washington handily, 6-1. Monday will be the second meeting between the Bulls and Panthers this year, as GSU took a 4-3 victory in the LSU Jerry Simmons Invitational on Jan. 27.
Florida Gulf Coast (5-7) has won two of its last three and will host Georgia State for its fifth consecutive home match. Marcelo Tebet leads the Eagles with six singles wins in dual match play, including a perfect 3-0 record at the No. 4 position.
First serve against USF is set for 1:30 p.m. at the USF Varsity Tennis Courts in Tampa, Fla. Wednesday’s match against FGCU will begin at 5 p.m. at the FGCU Tennis Complex in Fort Myers, Fla.
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