What you need to know:
* Georgia State defeated UNCW 4-3 Friday afternoon
* Freshman Vazha Shubladze earned his first clinch of the year
* GSU is back in action Sunday with a match at Georgia Tech
WILMINGTON, N.C. – Vazha Shubladze earned his first career clinch as Georgia State men’s tennis rolled to a 4-3 victory over UNCW Friday afternoon, giving the Panthers their second win in their last three matches.
GSU (3-2) started the day off strong with a dominant performance in doubles play, getting wins from Roberts Grinvalds/Andrei Duarte and Giles Hussey/Jack MacFarlane to snag the first point. Hussey and MacFarlane improved to 2-0 at the No. 3 doubles position, while Grinvalds and Duarte picked up their first doubles win of the season.
After going 1-0 at both the No. 2 and No. 3 position through the first four matches, Bailey Showers and Diego Padilha played their first match at the No. 1 doubles spot on Friday but went unfinished with the score tied at four.
UNCW (3-4) took a 2-1 lead after securing wins on courts six and three in singles play, but the Panthers rallied to win the next three and lock up the victory. Grinvalds defeated Daniel Groom 6-3, 6-4 on court two, extending his winning streak in singles play to two matches. Hussey improved to 2-1 overall at the No. 1 position, getting past his opponent in two sets.
On court four, Shubladze put away Michael Copeland 6-2, 6-4 to notch his first clinch of his career. It was the freshman’s first win at the No. 4 position this season and his second overall.
The Panthers will return to the court 12 p.m. Sunday for a match against cross-town rival Georgia Tech at the Ken Byers Tennis Complex. Live stats will be available here.
GSU 4, UNCW 3
1. Giles Hussey (GSU) def. Agustin Savarino (UNCW) 6-4, 6-3
2. Roberts Grinvalds (GSU) def. Daniel Groom (UNCW) 6-3, 6-4
3. Austin Hussey (UNCW) def. Quentin Coulaud (GSU) 6-0, 6-3
4. Vazha Shubladze (GSU) vs. Michael Copeland (UNCW) 6-2, 6-4
5. Bruno Caula (UNCW) def. Bailey Showers (GSU) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
6. Davide Innocenti (UNCW) def. Diego Padilha (GSU) 6-1, 6-1
1. Bailey Showers/Diego Padilha (GSU) vs. Cole Groetsch/Michael Copeland (UNCW) 4-4, unfinished
2. Roberts Grinvalds/Andrei Duarte (GSU) def. Bruno Caula/Daniel Groom (UNCW) 6-4
3. Giles Hussey/Jack MacFarlane (GSU) def. Austin Hussey/Agustin Savarino (UNCW) 6-3
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (6,3,2,1,4,5)
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