What you need to know:

* GSU opened the season with a 4-0 sweep over New Orleans
* Georgia State fell to LSU 4-0 in the second round
* The Panthers round out the tournament against Penn State/UCF in the third-place match 10 a.m. Sunday

BATON ROUGE, La. – Georgia State men’s tennis split its first two matches of the 2019 spring season, opening with a 4-0 sweep over New Orleans before falling to LSU 4-0 in second round of the LSU Jerry Simmons Invitational Saturday afternoon.

The Panthers (1-1) started off strong Saturday morning, as senior Giles Hussey got things rolling with a 6-4, 6-3 victory at the No. 1 position. At the No. 4 spot, Bailey Showers knocked off his opponent 6-3, 6-3. GSU then extended its lead to 3-0 after Kevin Huynh won at the No. 6 position 6-2, 7-5.

Andrei Duarte earned his first clinch of the season after defeating his opponent 6-3, 6-7 (4-7), 6-1 at the No. 5 position.

In the second round against LSU (4-0), Showers and Diego Padilha put up a good fight in doubles play but ended their match tied 5-5 as the Tigers took the doubles point after securing victories at the No. 1 and No. 2 spots.

Duarte earned a first-set victory at the No. 6 position in singles play but was unable to cut into the LSU lead as his match went unfinished after the Tigers earned two-set victories at the No. 2, 3 and 4 positions.

GSU returns to the court on Sunday to face Penn State/USF in the third-place match at 10 a.m. ET.

GSU 4, New Orleans 0
Singles Competition

1. Giles Hussey (GSU) def. Mats Westkamp (UNO) 6-4, 6-3
2. Roberts Grinvalds (GSU) vs. Misha Fomenkov (UNO) 1-6, 7-5, 4-1, unfinished
3. Vazha Shubladze (GSU) vs. Johannes Klein (UNO) 7-6 (7-4), 3-6, 4-0, unfinished
4. Bailey Showers (GSU) def. Odysseas Papaioannou (UNO) 6-3, 6-3
5. Andrei Duarte (GSU) def. Nicolas Kramer (UNO) 6-3, 6-7 (4-7), 6-1
6. Kevin Huynh (GSU) def. Samuel Armand (UNO) 6-2, 7-5

Order of finish: Singles (4,1,6,5)

LSU 4, GSU 0
Singles Competition

1. Shane Monroe (LSU) vs. Giles Hussey (GSU) 6-3, 5-5, unfinished
2. Rafael Wagner (LSU) def. Roberts Grinvalds (GSU) 6-2, 7-5
3. Malik Bhatnagar (LSU) def. Quentin Coulaud (GSU) 7-5, 6-4
4. Boris Kozlov (LSU) def. Vazha Shubladze (GSU) 6-2, 6-2
5. Joey Thomas (LSU) vs. Bailey Showers (GSU) 6-4, 6-5, unfinished
6. Nikola Samardzic (LSU) def. Andrei Duarte (GSU) 3-6, 6-3, 2-3, unfinished

Doubles Competition
1. Rafael Wagner/Joey Thomas (LSU) def. Andrei Duarte/Roberts Grinvalds (GSU) 6-4
2. Shane Monroe/Nikola Samardzic (LSU) def. Jack MacFarlane/Giles Hussey (GSU) 6-1
3. Bailey Showers/Diego Padilha (GSU) vs. Nick Watson/Malik Bhatnagar (LSU) 5-5, unfinished

Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (4,3,2)

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