What you need to know:
* GSU knocked off UT Arlington 4-2 in Saturday’s Semifinal match of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament
* Quentin Coulaud earned his first clinch of the season in the win
* The Panthers will take on South Alabama 1 p.m. Sunday in the SBC Tournament Championship
PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. – Georgia State men’s tennis earned a trip to its third consecutive Sun Belt Conference Tournament Championship after Bailey Showers and Quentin Coulaud delivered clutch three-set victories with the score tied at two to lead the Panthers to a thrilling 4-2 victory over UT Arlington in Saturday night’s semifinal match.
Top-seeded GSU improved to 17-9 overall and will square off against 2-seed South Alabama (17-6) in the tournament championship for the third straight year. The Panthers topped the Jaguars 4-3 to win the program’s second Sun Belt Tournament Championship in 2017 before South Alabama won the most recent dual for the title 4-1 in 2018.
Georgia State began the afternoon by clinching the doubles point for the fifth straight contest and 19th time in 25 matches with doubles competition this year, as the Panthers collected wins on courts two and three to take a 1-0 lead into singles.
Coulaud/Showers dominated on court three, as the Panther duo overpowered their opponent 6-1 to win their fourth doubles match in a row and improve to 9-1 overall this dual season. Then on court two, Andrei Duarte/Roberts Grinvalds secured a 7-5 victory to clinch the point for the second day in a row.
Duarte and Grinvalds have totaled a team-high 13 doubles victories, one win away from tying Lucas Santa Ana and Victor Valente for the most doubles wins in a dual season (14) since GSU joined the Sun Belt in 2013.
Grinvalds continued his strong play in singles, picking up his first win over a ranked opponent as he defeated No. 89 Guanarteme Nuez in straight sets on court two. It was his 10th win of the spring and seventh at the No. 2 position.
UTA’s Enrique Pardo got the Mavericks’ first point of the afternoon with a win over Giles Hussey on court one, then UTA evened the score 2-2 with a win in straight sets on court six. The final three courts were all pushed to a third set, with the fate of the match hanging in the balance.
Showers was the first to swing the momentum in GSU’s favor, as he closed out a 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7-1) triumph on court four to put the Panthers one win away from advancing to the championship. Coulaud followed shortly after, providing the knockout blow with a 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 win on court three for his first clinch of the season.
Sunday’s championship match is set to begin at 1 p.m. at the Peachtree City Tennis Center. The championship match is set for live coverage on ESPN+, available online and via the WatchESPN app. Live results are available at SunBeltSports.org.
(#1) GSU 4, (#4) UTA 2
1. Enrique Pardo (UTA) def. Giles Hussey (GSU) 6-3, 6-3
2. Roberts Grinvalds (GSU) def. [#89] Guanarteme Nuez (UTA) 6-3, 6-1
3. Quentin Coulaud (GSU) def. Mauricio Rio (UTA) 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
4. Bailey Showers (GSU) def. Alejandro Hayen (UTA) 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7-1)
5. Andrei Duarte (GSU) v. Miguel Cabrera (UTA) 6-2, 4-6, 5-4, unfinished
6. Jakub Grzgorczyk (UTA) def. Kevin Huynh (GSU) 7-6 (7-3), 6-3
1. Giles Hussey/Jack MacFarlane (GSU) v. Guanarteme Nuez/Mauricio Rio (UTA) 5-5, unfinished
2. Andrei Duarte/Roberts Grinvalds (GSU) def. Enrique Pardo/Eduard Simo (UTA) 7-5
3. Quentin Coulaud/Bailey Showers (GSU) def. Alejandro Hayen/Miguel Cabrera (UTA) 6-1
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (2,1,6,4,3)
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