What you need to know:
* GSU fell 4-1 to South Alabama in Sunday’s Sun Belt Tournament Championship
* Jack MacFarlane reached 100 career victories with a win at No. 1 doubles
* The Panthers conclude the season 17-10 overall
PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. – Georgia State men’s tennis saw its run at the program’s third Sun Belt Conference Championship come to an end on Sunday afternoon as the top-seeded Panthers fell to 2-seed South Alabama 4-1 in the tournament championship at the Peachtree City Tennis Center.
GSU finished the season with a 17-10 overall mark, tied for the fifth-most team wins in a single season in program history. Georgia State, who claimed the league’s first ever Sun Belt Regular Season Championship after finishing 6-1 in the conference this year, also concluded the season with an 8-2 record in its final 10 matches.
The Panthers opened the title match just as it had in its previous five contests, by taking a 1-0 lead into singles after clinching the doubles point. South Alabama picked up a 6-3 win on court two to begin doubles play, but Panther duo Quentin Coulaud/Bailey Showers collected a 6-3 victory at the No. 3 position to put the doubles point in the hands of court one.
At the No. 1 doubles position, Giles Hussey and Jack MacFarlane battled back after trailing early to secure a 6-3 win over 68th-ranked duo Loic Cloes/Clement Marzol. It was the second time this season Hussey and MacFarlane defeated South Alabama’s nationally ranked duo. The win was also MacFarlane’s 100th of his career, joining an exclusive group of Panthers to reach the century mark.
South Alabama fought back in singles to take a 3-1 lead with straight-set victories on courts three, six and five. The final three courts all went to a third set, with GSU needing to win all three to capture the tournament championship.
Showers and Hussey each held a lead in their final set, but South Alabama’s Loic Cloes closed out a 0-6, 6-4, 6-4 victory on court two to hand the Jaguars the program’s 20th Sun Belt Tournament Title before the Panthers could make a comeback.
Georgia State is set to return 10 of its 11 players for the 2019-20 season.
(#2) USA 4, (#1) GSU 1
1. Giles Hussey (GSU) v. Sacha Modica (USA) 7-5, 3-6, 3-0, unfinished
2. Loic Cloes (USA) def. Roberts Grinvalds (GSU) 0-6, 6-4, 6-4
3. Clement Marzol (USA) def. Quentin Coulaud (GSU) 7-5, 6-0
4. Bailey Showers (GSU) v. Maxime Lapraille (USA) 6-2, 6-7 (1-7), 2-1, unfinished
5. Sam Serrano (USA) def. Andrei Duarte (GSU) 6-4, 6-3
6. Louis Delcour (USA) def. Kevin Huynh (GSU) 6-3, 6-4
1. Giles Hussey/Jack MacFarlane (GSU) def. [#68] Loic Cloes/Clement Marzol (USA) 6-3
2. Sacha Modica/Sam Serrano (USA) def. Andrei Duarte/Roberts Grinvalds (GSU) 6-3
3. Quentin Coulaud/Bailey Showers (GSU) def. Louis Delcour/Maxime Lapraille (USA) 6-3
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (3,6,5,2)
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