Columbia, S.C.--The 69th-ranked Georgia State men's tennis team fell at South Carolina, 6-1, Sunday afternoon at the USC Indoor Facility.
GSU's No. 3 doubles pair of senior Juan Pablo Gutierrez and junior Lucas Santana posted their second win in as many days against South Carolina. The duo, which earned a 17-6 record last year, is 2-0 this season after a 8-2 win over South Carolina's (4-0) Andrew Adams and Chip Cox. Gutierrez and Santana broke Adams and Cox four times in the match.
Gutierrez also grabbed Georgia State's lone singles victory on the day, battling through a third-set tiebreaker for a 7-6, 1-6, 1-0 (15-13) win. Gutierrez fought off three match points on the way to the win and rallied from being down 4-0 to start the tiebreaker. He defeated Gamecocks freshman Carl Eguez in the thrilling, three-set match.
Junior Victor Valente took a one-set advantage in the No. 1 singles match against the Gamecocks' Nick Jones but ultimately fell, 6-2, 3-6, 3-6. Valente broke Jones twice in the first set but couldn't break serve again the rest of the match.
Georgia State (3-1), led by head coach Chase Hodges, heads into its third home match of the season this week against East Tennessee State at the Peachtree City Tennis Center (1 p.m.). The Panthers last played ETSU in 2002, losing 4-3.
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