What you need to know:
* Georgia State won its regular season finale 4-3 over Middle Tennessee on Senior Night
* Giles Hussey earned his fourth clinch of the season
* GSU takes on Appalachian State 5 p.m. Friday in the first round of the Sun Belt Tournament
PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. – Georgia State men’s tennis rounded out the regular season with a Senior Night victory over Middle Tennessee 4-3 Sunday afternoon at the Peachtree City Tennis Center, finishing with eight wins in its final nine matches.
The Panthers (15-9, 6-1 Sun Belt) honored senior Jack MacFarlane before the match, who is one win shy of reaching 100 career wins and owns 54 career doubles victories, the most by an individual since Georgia State joined the Sun Belt in 2013.
GSU began the evening with a strong performance in doubles, taking the doubles point for the 17th time this year after collecting wins on courts two and three. Andrei Duarte and Roberts Grinvalds took a 6-3 victory on court two for their third straight win and improved to 11-6 this dual season. Then at the No. 3 spot, Bailey Showers and Quentin Coulaud won 6-4 and moved to 7-1 on the season and remain unbeaten at the No. 3 position.
Middle Tennessee responded by taking a 2-1 lead after taking the points on courts one and six, but Showers evened the score at two with a win in straight sets on court four. It was Showers’ second win in a row and his fifth of the season at the No. 4 position.
Kevin Huynh followed with a victory on court five to put the Panthers ahead 3-2. He defeated his opponent in straight sets to pickup his first win at the No. 5 spot. Coulaud battled on court three but ultimately fell 6-2, 7-5 and saw his five-match win streak in singles play come to an end.
The fate of the match fell on court two as Hussey and Stijn Slump went back-and-fourth before Hussey took control and landed a 7-5, 7-6 (7-5) victory for his second consecutive clinch and fourth of the year. The Swindon, England, native is 5-2 at the No. 2 position and has built a four-match win streak in singles.
Georgia State will take the court next at the Sun Belt Championships April 19-21 at the Peachtree City Tennis Center in Peachtree City, Ga.
GSU 4, MT 3
1. Gonzalo Morell (MT) def. Roberts Grinvalds (GSU) 6-2, 6-3
2. Giles Hussey (GSU) def. Stijn Slump (MT) 7-5, 7-6 (7-5)
3. Tom Moonen (MT) def. Quentin Coulaud (GSU) 6-2, 7-5
4. Bailey Showers (GSU) def. Max Rauch (MT) 6-4, 6-4
5. Kevin Huynh (GSU) def. Chris Edge (MT) 7-5, 6-2
6. Pavel Motl (MT) def. Steven Huynh (GSU) 6-3, 6-2
1. Giles Hussey/Jack MacFarlane (GSU) v. Tom Moonen/Chris Edge (MT) 3-4, unfinished
2. Andrei Duarte/Roberts Grinvalds (GSU) def. Francisco Rocha/Max Rauch (MT) 6-3
3. Bailey Showers/Quentin Coulaud (GSU) def. Pavel Motl/Gonzalo Morell (MT) 6-4
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (1,6,4,5,3,2)
2019 Sun Belt Tournament Field Announced
Georgia State will head to the Sun Belt Tournament as the favorite for the fourth consecutive year, as the Panthers garnered their fourth No. 1 seed in as many seasons. GSU will take on 8-seed Appalachian State in the first round 5 p.m. Friday at the Peachtree City Tennis Center.
The championship begins on Friday, April 19 and concludes on Sunday, April 21 at the Peachtree City Tennis Center in Peachtree City, Ga. Live coverage of Friday's quarterfinal matches can be heard on RadioTennis.com. The semifinal and championship matches are set for live coverage on ESPN+, available online and via the WatchESPN app. Live results are available on SunBeltSports.org.
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