What you need to know:
* Georgia State grinded out a 4-3 victory over South Alabama Sunday afternoon
* The Panthers tied the program’s best start to league play (4-0) since GSU joined the Sun Belt in 2013
* GSU plays next 10 a.m. Saturday against Coastal Carolina at the GSU Clarkston Courts
MOBILE, Ala. – Georgia State men’s tennis grinded out a 4-3 victory over South Alabama Sunday afternoon at the Bruce David Lubel Memorial Tennis Courts, giving the Panther’s their fifth win in a row and fourth consecutive conference victory, tying the program’s best start to league play since GSU joined the Sun Belt in 2013.
Georgia State improved to 12-8 overall and 4-0 in the conference, putting the Panthers in sole possession of first place in the Sun Belt standings. It’s the first time since 2012 GSU has won five straight road matches and is the longest win-streak under second-year head coach Jonathan Wolff.
“What a thriller that was out there today against one of our toughest conference rivals,” Wolff said. “We knew coming in that it was going to be an absolute battle against a well-coached and talented team in South Alabama. For our boys to step up the way they did and believe that we could still win without three of our regular starters was amazing to witness.”
For the 14th time this season, GSU clinched the doubles point and took a 1-0 lead to start the match. The team owns a 10-4 record in those matches and has taken the doubles point in seven straight contests.
Giles Hussey and Jack MacFarlane got things started, defeating the 35th-ranked duo Loic Cloes and Clement Marzol 6-4 on court one. The GSU partners raised their record to 7-2 at the No. 1 position and are 2-0 against ranked opponents this dual season.
South Alabama evened things up with a 7-6 win on court three, giving Andrei Duarte and Kevin Huynh their first loss as a pair in three outings together. Court two came down to the wire, but Bailey Showers and Quentin Coulaud battled and took a 7-6 outcome to hand GSU the doubles point.
The Jaguars wouldn’t go away easy, as they scratched across wins on courts five, three and six to grab a commanding 3-1 lead. Coulaud won in straight sets for his first win at the No. 2 position this year, then Hussey followed with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-0 victory on court one to tie the match at three.
Playing his first match of the season at the No. 4 position, Huynh went back-and-fourth with South Alabama’s Maxime Lapraille with the outcome of the match hanging in the balance. The sophomore took the first set 6-4, then narrowly dropped the second 7-6. Huynh followed through in the clutch to lock up a 6-3 win in the tiebreaker set for his first clinch this year and keep GSU’s win streak alive.
“I want to recognize Kevin for not only being the clinching point for us today, but also for him to step up the way he did by remaining positive the entire match and playing his heart out,” Wolff said. “The coaching staff could not be more impressed by him and the entire team as a whole. It’s a true testament to how deep our team is this year.”
Georgia State will return home for its next two matches, hosting Coastal Carolina 10 a.m. Saturday and Appalachian State 10 a.m. Sunday at the GSU Clarkston Courts.
GSU 4, USA 3
1. Giles Hussey (GSU) def. Sacha Modica (USA) 6-4, 3-6, 6-0
2. Quentin Coulaud (GSU) def. Clement Marzol (USA) 6-4, 6-4
3. Loic Cloes (USA) def. Andrei Duarte (GSU) 6-4, 6-2
4. Kevin Huynh (GSU) def. Maxime Lapraille (USA) 6-1, 6-7, 6-3
5. Sam Serrano (USA) def. Diego Padilha (GSU) 6-3, 6-1
6. Louis Delcour (USA) def. Jack MacFarlane (GSU) 6-1, 6-4
1. Giles Hussey/Jack MacFarlane (GSU) def. [No. 35] Loic Cloes/Clement Marzol (USA) 6-4
2. Bailey Showers/Quentin Coulaud (GSU) def. Sacha Modica/Sam Serrano (USA) 7-6
3. Maxime Lapraille/Louis Delcour (USA) def. Andrei Duarte/Kevin Huynh (GSU) 7-6
Order of Finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (5,3,6,2,1,4)
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