What you need to know:
*Georgia State will begin their quest to defend Sun Belt Title on Thursday against Coastal Carolina.
*The Panthers enter the tournament on a three-match winning streak, and have a 5-5 record against conference teams.
*GSU will be looking for their fourth conference tournament championship in the past six years.
ATLANTA- Georgia State women’s tennis will begin their quest for their fourth conference title in six years as Sun Belt Tournament action starts Thursday morning in Peachtree City. The sixth seeded Panthers will face the number three seed Coastal Carolina at 10:00 a.m. in the quarterfinal round on Thursday.
GSU (10-12) posted a 5-5 mark in conference play this season and enters the Sun Belt Tournament on a three-match winning streak. Coastal Carolina (14-8) finished the regular season 7-3 in Sun Belt matches, and held a five-match winning streak before falling to UT Arlington in the regular season finale.
The matchup will give State an opportunity to avenge a 4-0 loss in Conway to the Chanticleers on April 6. “In these next couple of days leading up to the tournament, our focus is on having an extremely high level of energy,” said coach Alex Leatu. “It should be unmatched. When our team is hype, from line one through six, good things happen.”
GSU has had good production from all six singles flights this season. Eva Chivu owns an 8-1 record against Sun Belt opponents anchoring the number one flight for State. Damira Muminovic has added eight wins in the three position, and Daniela Ramirez and Andreea Stanescu both have winning records in conference play. Lara Vovk and Anastasia Grosheva each picked up important wins for the Panthers over the weekend.
A win on Thursday would set Georgia State up for a semifinal battle with either second seeded South Alabama or seventh seeded Troy. The Panthers defeated both the Jaguars and Trojans this past weekend.
Friday’s semifinal would begin at 10:00 a.m., and if the Panthers advance to the Championship match they will play 11:00 a.m. Saturday morning. The semifinal and final rounds will be broadcast on ESPN+.
Georgia State defeated Appalachian State, UL Monroe, and South Alabama on consecutive days last April to win the Sun Belt and advance to the NCAA Tournament.
All rounds of the tournament will be played at the Peachtree City Tennis Center located at 10 Planterra Way, Peachtree City, Georgia 30269.
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