Columbia, S.C.--The 69th-ranked Georgia State men's tennis team grabbed a 6-1 win from Elon today at the USC Indoor Tennis Center.
Georgia State (3-0) is off to its first 3-0 start since the 2006 season. The Panthers look to go 4-0 for the first time since 2002 tomorrow with a 10 a.m. match at South Carolina.
The Panthers began the day by taking the doubles point from Elon (0-2) thanks to the first victory on the season for the potent doubles pair of senior Juan Pablo Gutierrez and junior Lucas Santana. The duo, who went 17-6 last season, notched a 8-2 victory over Elon's Stefan Fortmann and Christopher Geaslen at No. 3 doubles.
In singles, Gutierrez took the clincher with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Elon sophomore Andrew Prince at No. 5 singles. Gutierrez is a perfect 3-0 this season in the No. 5 slot. Freshman Matias Hatem took the first singles victory of the day for GSU, 4-1, after his opponent, Elon's Eric Turner, retired in the first set.
Freshman Ismael Lahlou notched a 6-2, 6-3, win over Elon's Jordan Kaufman at No. 4 singles. Lahlou has three consecutive victories in straight sets at No. 4 singles. Santana also recorded his first singles victory of the season, a 1-6, 6-1 1-0 (3), come-from-behind win against Elon's Carlos Arboleda.
GSU recorded its first victory against Elon in program history. The team's only other matchup vs. Elon came in 2009, a 7-0 loss in Burlington, N.C. South Carolina, like Georgia State, is 3-0 on the season after defeating Elon 7-0 on Friday.
"It's going to be a big match tomorrow against an SEC school at their place," third-year head coach Chase Hodges said of Sunday morning's matchup with South Carolina, "I'm really looking forward to the challenge."
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