What you need to know:
* GSU defeated Louisiana 4-3 Sunday to remain unbeaten in conference play
* Vazha Shubladze earned his third clinch of the season
* The Panthers are back in action Saturday for a match at Troy
LAFAYETTE, La. – Georgia State men’s tennis won its third consecutive match and improved to 2-0 in conference play for the first time since 2016, as the Panthers knocked off Louisiana 4-3 in a back-and-fourth battle Sunday afternoon at the Cajun Courts.
Georgia State’s three-match win streak moved the team to 10-8 overall and 2-0 in conference play. The Panthers topped a Louisiana squad that entered Sunday’s contest with the most overall wins in the league (19) and have strung together three or more wins in a row for the third time under second-year head coach Jonathan Wolff.
GSU started strong in doubles play, as all three courts picked up wins to hand the blue and white the doubles point for the fifth straight match and 12th time this season. Andrei Duarte and Roberts Grinvalds got the first win of the day, knocking off their opponents 6-4 and improving to 5-2 at the No. 2 doubles position this year.
Quentin Coulaud and Bailey Showers clinched the point for the Panthers with a 6-4 victory on court three and remain undefeated after being paired for the third time this season. On court one, Giles Hussey and Jack MacFarlane took care of business, beating UL’s Pearse Dolan and Arthur Libaud 7-5, and have won three of their last four contests.
Louisiana didn’t trail for long, as the Ragin Cajuns took a 2-1 lead after wins on courts two and four in singles play. GSU evened things up with a victory in straight sets from Coulaud, who has won back-to-back matches at the No. 4 position.
UL’s Jan Galka defeated Grinvalds on court one to put the Ragin Cajuns one point away from the win, but GSU again tied it up as Duarte took a three-set outcome on court six, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3. Sunday’s match came down to court three, where Vazha Shubladze made the best of the moment once again.
The freshman from Tbilsi, Georgia, battled on court three, coming away with a 6-4, 7-6 (7-3) victory for his second consecutive clinch and third of the season. He has won three straight matches and owns a 9-5 singles record this year.
Georgia State returns to the court 11 a.m. Saturday for a road match against Troy (15-2, 1-1 SBC).
GSU 4, UL 3
1. Jan Galka (UL) def. Roberts Grinvalds (GSU) 6-1, 0-6, 6-4
2. Pearse Dolan (UL) def. Giles Hussey (GSU) 6-3, 6-3
3. Vazha Shubladze (GSU) def. Elio Lago (UL) 6-4, 7-6 (7-3)
4. Arthur Libaud (UL) def. Bailey Showers (GSU) 6-3, 6-4
5. Quentin Coulaud (GSU) def. Jamie Fraser (UL) 7-5, 7-5
6. Andrei Duarte (GSU) def. Kacper Dworak (UL) 3-6, 6-3, 6-3
1. Giles Hussey/Jack MacFarlane (GSU) def. Pearse Dolan/Arthur Libaud (UL) 7-5
2. Andrei Duarte/Roberts Grinvalds (GSU) def. Jan Galka/Kacper Dworak (UL) 6-4
3. Quentin Coulaud/Bailey Showers (GSU) def. Elio Lago/Jamie Fraser (UL) 6-4
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (2,4,5,1,6,3)
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