What you need to know: 
* The Panthers picked up another win after splitting ITA Kickoff Weekend action this weekend.

* The team earned a 4-2 victory over LSU, with Andrei Andrukhou clinching his first match of the season.
* The team will return to the court next weekend at Auburn.


COLLEGE STATION, Texas- The Georgia State men’s tennis team split ITA Kickoff play at the College Station Regional, falling 4-1 to Cal Poly in the opening match and defeating LSU 4-2 in the final match. Due to inclement weather Saturday, the team played a doubleheader Sunday.

With the split, the Panthers are now 4-3 on the season. Senior Andrei Andrukhou clinched the match over LSU, his first of the season.

Singles play in both matches were played first, and due to the clinch doubles matches were not played.

Georgia State put up a fight in its first match but three tie-breaker sets were not enough to earn a win. Jack MacFarlane fell first, with Sebastian Acuna tying the match 1-1 at the No. 3 position. Kevin Huynh was the first to go into the third set but fell 6-2, 2-6, 6-4. Quentin Coulaud was defeated 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 before the match was clinched at the No. 1 position when Andrukhou fell 5-7, 6-3, 6-2.

The Panthers rebounded quickly, with Giles Hussey defeating Stewart Block 6-2, 6-2. The Tigers tied the match at the No. 4 position as MacFarlane fell 6-4, 6-2. Huynh pushed GSU ahead again, defeating Julian Saborio 7-6, 2-6, 6-3 in the tiebreaker set.

Acuna put Georgia State within one point of a clinch, rallying from being down a set to defeat Rafael Wagner. Coulaud fell 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 to put the score at 3-2, but Andrukhou clinched the match with a 4-6, 7-6, 6-4 defeat of Shane Monroe at the No. 1 position.

“I’m really proud of the guys for coming back after a hard-fought loss to Cal Poly and defeating a tough LSU,” assistant coach Steve Forman said. “There were a lot of momentum shifts and the match could have gone either way. I’m really proud of captains Sebastian and Andrei Andrukhou for getting through extremely tough matches and leading the team to victory, and there was a great performance at the bottom of the lineup by Giles and Kevin. This weekend we played a lot of tennis and the team really showed what they are made of.”

The team will return to the court next weekend, traveling to Auburn on Feb. 2.

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Cal Poly Results

Singles
1. Josh Ortlip (CP) def. Andrei Andrukhou (GSU) 5-7, 6-3, 6-2
2. Dominic Bechard (CP) def. Quentin Coulaud (GSU) 6-4, 4-6, 7-5
3. Sebastian Acuna (GSU) def. Axel Damiens (CP) 7-6, 6-3
4. Antoine Noel (CP) def. Jack MacFarlane (GSU) 6-2, 6-2
5. Alexander Stater (CP) def. Kevin Huynh (GSU) 6-2, 2-6, 6-4
6. Roman Shenkiryk (CP) vs. Giles Hussey (GSU) 7-6, 4-6, 3-5, unfinished

LSU Results

Singles
1. Andrei Andrukhou (GSU) def. Shane Monroe (LSU) 4-6, 7-6, 6-4
2. Gabor Csonka (LSU) def. Quentin Coulaud (GSU) 6-1, 3-6, 6-4
3. Sebastian Acuna (GSU) def. Rafael Wagner (LSU) 2-6, 6-1, 6-3
4. Nikola Samardzic (LSU) def. Jack MacFarlane (GSU) 6-4, 6-2
5. Kevin Huynh (GSU) def. Julian Saborio (LSU) 7-6, 2-6, 6-3
6. Giles Hussey (GSU) def. Stewart Block (LSU) 6-2, 6-2