What you need to know:
* The Panthers fell 4-3 in a tough loss at rival Georgia Southern Friday afternoon.
* With the loss, the team fell to 9-9 (1-1 SBC) on the season.
* GSU will open April play Sunday afternoon, hosting Elon at 2 p.m.
STATESBORO, Ga.- The Georgia State men’s tennis team fell 4-3 to rival Georgia Southern in a heartbreaker Friday afternoon.
With the loss, the Panthers fell to 9-9 (1-1 SBC) and the Eagles improved to 12-10 (2-1 SBC).
The team dropped the doubles point at the No. 2 position, splitting play and falling in the tiebreaker. Andrei Duarte and Bailey Showers defeated Murphy McCullough and Santiago Suarez 6-2 in the duo’s first pairing of the season. Georgia Southern split doubles play when Giles Hussey and Jack MacFarlane fell 6-4, with the Eagles clinching the point as Quentin Coualud and Kevin Huynh were defeated 6-4.
Georgia State bounced back in singles play, with Hussey quickly defeating Diego Finkelstein 6-1, 6-2 at the No. 3 position. MacFarlane put the Panthers up 2-1 at the No. 6 position, earning a 6-1, 6-2 victory over McCollough. The Eagles then tied the match 2-2, with Duarte falling 7-5, 6-2.
GSU pulled ahead again as Coulaud won 6-3, 6-4 at the No. 2 position, but Georgia Southern tied the match again when Andrei Andrukhou fell 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 in the tiebreaker set. The Eagles clinched the match at the No. 4 position, with Showers falling 7-5, 3-6, 7-5 in the third set.
The Panthers will return to the court Sunday afternoon to open April play, hosting Elon at GSU Clarkston at 2 p.m.
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1. Stefano Di Aloy (GSMT) def. Andrei Andrukhou (GSU) 6-4, 4-6, 6-4
2. Quentin Coulaud (GSU) def. Eddie Landin (GSMT) 6-3, 6-4
3. Giles Hussey (GSU) def. Diego Finkelstein (GSMT) 6-1, 6-2
4. Artemie Amari (GSMT) def. Bailey Showers (GSU) 7-5, 3-6, 7-5
5. Pascal Wagemaker (GSMT) def. Andrei Duarte (GSU) 7-5, 6-2
6. Jack MacFarlane (GSU) def. Murphy McCullough (GSMT) 6-1, 6-2
1. Eddie Landin/Diego Finkelstein (GSMT) def. Giles Hussey/Jack MacFarlane (GSU) 6-4
2. Artemie Amari/Stefano Di Aloy (GSMT) def. Quentin Coulaud/Kevin Huynh (GSU) 6-4
3. Andrei Duarte/Bailey Showers (GSU) def. Murphy McCullough/Santiago Suarez (GSMT) 6-2