Tennis teams struggle in the Carolinas

Ryan Pye and Ryan Kostensky

Women’s tennis

The Eagles women’s tennis team opened up conference play over the weekend against South Alabama and Coastal Carolina, where they fell to 7-5 on the season after dropping both matches.

It was a rough weekend for Georgia Southern, who dropped every match they played to Coastal Carolina and South Alabama.

The Eagles lost in straight sets to the Chanticleers of Coastal Carolina three out of the six matches they played.

There were some bright spots for GS, however, with junior Emilia Bujan falling in three sets 6-3, 5-7, 6-4.

Senior Ella Monsey fell 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 and it was sophomore Paula Boixader who came the closest to victory, falling 6-4, 6-7, 13-11.

Overall, the Chanticleers downed the Eagles 7-0.

In the Sunday matchup between GS and South Alabama, the Eagles fell 4-0 to the hands of the Jaguars.

GS saw sophomore Arianne De Winter, junior Lindsay Truscott, and Paula Boixader all fall in straight sets.

The Eagles travel to the College of Charleston March 28 to play a Wednesday match against the Cougars in what will be their final road contest of the season.

Men’s tennis

Georgia Southern Men’s Tennis came into the weekend on the heels of a ten game winning streak as they traveled to Greenville, North Carolina to face East Carolina.

Their win streak would not reach eleven, however, falling 4-1 to the Pirates on Saturday afternoon.

The lone match win the Eagles took from the Pirates came at the hands of sophomore Stefano Di Aloy, who won his match in straight sets against the Pirate player.

GS would go on to lose every other match they played, however, including the match that Eagle senior Eddie Landin participated in, where he fell 7-6, 2-6, 6-2 to East Carolina’s Vlad Anghel. The other matches were straight-set victories for the pirates.

Georgia Southern Head Coach, Sander Koning, shared his thoughts on the match that ended his team’s ten-game winning streak.

“I have to give credit to ECU, they played better at key moments of the match and never gave up” Koning said to GSEagles. “We fought hard and were in control many times in several matches, but when it counted we dropped the ball. We will learn from this and use it when we play our next match at home.”

Ryan Kostensky and Ryan Pye, The George-Anne Sports Candidates,