What you need to know:

* No. 1 GSU takes on No. 8 Appalachian State in the opening round of the 2019 Sun Belt Tournament
* The Panthers aim to win their third SBC Tournament title
* First serve is set for 5 p.m. Friday at the Peachtree City Tennis Center


ATLANTA – Georgia State men’s tennis is set to begin its run at a third Sun Belt Conference Championship as the top-seeded Panthers open the 2019 SBC Tournament with a matchup against No. 8 Appalachian State 5 p.m. Friday at the Peachtree City Tennis Center.

GSU (15-9, 6-1 Sun Belt) enters the weekend as one of the hottest teams in the region, as the blue and white finished the regular season by winning eight of its final nine matches. Doubles play has been one of the Panthers’ strong suits this year, as Georgia State has clinched the doubles point in 17 of its 23 matches that had doubles competition and is 13-4 overall and 6-0 in conference play when winning the doubles point.

The team is led by First-Team All-Conference duo Giles Hussey/Jack MacFarlane, who enter the weekend having won six of their last eight doubles contests and are tied for the most victories in the league with 12 this dual season. In singles play, Hussey and Andrei Duarte lead the team with nine wins, with Quentin Coulaud and Roberts Grinvalds right behind with eight.

Appalachian State (5-19, 1-6 Sun Belt) heads to the tournament on a five-match losing streak but will look to earn its third win over a higher seed in its last five Sun Belt Tournament appearances. The Mountaineers are led by junior Milo Bargeron, who has a team-high seven singles wins this dual season.

Friday will be the second meeting between the two teams this year but the first ever postseason matchup. GSU swept Appalachian State 4-0 for its fourth shutout victory of the season on April 7 at the GSU Clarkston Courts. Georgia State will look to improve to 5-0 in the opening round of the Sun Belt Tournament with another win over the Mountaineers this weekend.

First serve is set for 5 p.m. Friday at the Peachtree City Tennis Center in Peachtree City, Ga. Live coverage of Friday’s quarterfinal matches can be heard on RadioTennis.com and live results are available on SunBeltSports.org.

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