ATLANTA – Georgia State men’s tennis head coach Jonathan Wolff announced the spring 2019 schedule Tuesday afternoon, a slate highlighted by three early matchups against ACC opponents and GSU’s first regular season schedule in the Sun Belt Conference.
“We are excited to announce our 2019 spring schedule,” Wolff said. “I believe it is the perfect level in competition to challenge our team while giving each team member the opportunity to showcase their talent and what it means to be a Panther. We are thrilled to have scheduled top conference opponents in Louisville, Georgia Tech, LSU and Clemson and are also motivated to be playing our first Sun Belt Conference regular season schedule.”
The Panthers open the season with their only tournament of the spring at the Jerry Simmons Invitational in Baton Rouge, La., on Jan. 26-27. GSU next begins its first of three matches against ACC opponents with a road test at Louisville on Feb. 1. Georgia State then travels to UNC Wilmington on Feb. 8 and Georgia Tech on Feb. 10 before returning home for the first home matches of the season.
GSU will have its home opener against Clemson and Florida A&M on Feb. 17. The Panthers then host Florida Atlantic on Feb. 26 and North Florida and Kennesaw State on March 1. The team rounds out its home slate with a match against Charlotte on March 3.
On March 9 the Panthers will take on East Tennessee State and Southern Mississippi in Johnson City, Tenn. GSU then travels to face South Florida on March 18 and Florida Gulf Coast on March 20.
Georgia State opens Sun Belt play on March 22 at UT-Arlington. The Panthers continue their conference road stretch with Louisiana Lafayette on March 24, Troy on March 30 and South Alabama on March 31. The team will take a break from conference play with a match at in-state foe Mercer on April 4.
GSU then returns home for matches against Coastal Carolina and Appalachian State on April 6 and 7. The Panthers will take a trip to Georgia Southern on April 13 and conclude the regular season with a home match against Middle Tennessee State on April 14.
The Sun Belt Tournament Championship is set for April 26-28 in Peachtree City, Ga.
“We’ve got some really strong opponents on the schedule who are nationally ranked so I’m excited to see how we stack up against top-tier competition,” Wolff said. “We are looking forward to another great season and getting back to the conference finals in late April.”
The Panthers return seven of their nine players from last year’s team that earned the No. 1 seed in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament and finished second in the conference.
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