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What you need to know:

* GSU hits the road for a match at Louisville Friday afternoon
* The Panthers aim to build off a 2-1 start and third-place finish at the LSU Invitational last weekend
* First serve against the Cardinals is set for 3 p.m. Friday


ATLANTA – After capturing third-place in the LSU Jerry Simmons Invitational last weekend, the Georgia State men’s tennis team gears up for the second weekend of the spring season with a match at Louisville Friday afternoon.

The Panthers (2-1) kicked off the year with a dominant 4-0 sweep over New Orleans in the first round of the tournament, getting singles victories from Giles Hussey, Bailey Showers, Andrei Duarte and Kevin Huynh.

GSU fell to eventual runner-up LSU in the second round but bounced back with an exhilarating 4-3 victory over USF in the third-place match. While the Bulls took the doubles point taking victories on courts one and two, Showers and Diego Padilha nabbed the Panthers’ first doubles win of the season 6-2 on court three.

In singles play, Showers and Duarte enter the weekend 2-0. Duarte, a sophomore from Atlanta, Ga., earned clinches in both of Georgia State’s victories, already doubling his clinch total from last season.

Friday will be the seventh meeting between the two programs, with Louisville owning a 5-1 record against the blue and white and won the last match against GSU 4-0 in 2018. The Cardinals (4-2) are led by senior Brandon Lancaster, who ranks No. 104 in the latest ITA national singles rankings.

First serve is set for 3 p.m. Friday at the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center in Louisville, Ky. Fans can follow the action via live stats at gocards.com.

Follow along with Georgia State on Twitter (@GSUMTennis) for the latest news and updates.


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