What you need to know

* The Panthers earned the No. 1 seed in the Sun Belt Conference Cnahpionship for the second year in a row.
* The team is 16-6 on the season (3-1 SBC), and will enter the tournament on an eight-match win-streak.
* GSU open play in New Orleans against the No. 8 seed Louisiana.


ATLANTA- The No. 37 Georgia State men’s tennis team will open the Sun Belt Conference Championship Friday as the No. 1 seed for the second year in a row, facing off against the No. 8 seed Louisiana.

The team is 16-6 overall (3-1 SBC), and defeated the Ragin’ Cajuns 6-1 in February to open league play. The Panthers will bring their eight-match win-streak to New Orleans, where they look to claim the first Sun Belt title under head coach Brett Ross and the first automatic NCAA Tournament bid since 2013.

Senior Zackery Kennedy and junior Sebastian Acuna lead the team in singles wins with 14 each, while junior Andrei Andrukhou has posted 11 wins at primarily the No. 2 position.

Felipe Jaworski has the longest win-streak on the team, winning his last seven matches. The senior also leads the team in match-clinching points with five.

In doubles play, Kennedy and Andrukohu are undefeated at the No. 1 position, clinching the doubles point in the last three of four matches. Jaworski and freshman Quentin Coulaud come in at second on the team in doubles, with the pair going 6-4 primarily at the No. 3 position.

Louisiana is 13-12 overall (0-2 SBC) and have dropped the past two matches. The Ragin’ Cajuns have won just two of five neutral site matches, and have not defeated a ranked team this season.

First serve is set for 4 p.m. at the City Park/Pepsi Tennis Center, with the winner set to play either No. 4 Troy or No. 5 Coastal Carolina. Live stats will be available at GeorgiaStateSports.com and SunBeltSports.org. Admission is free for all matches in City Park.