Men’s Tennis beats Coastal Carolina, completes undefeated home season

Senior Dani Casablancas rifles a shot across the net at the Wallis Tennis Center. Casablancas went undefeated at home in singles play this season.

Thomas Jilk

The Georgia Southern men’s tennis team on Saturday shut out Coastal Carolina, 4-0, to earn the Eagles their first undefeated (12-0) home record in 34 years.

The Eagles end the regular season 18-11 overall as they await their seeding in the upcoming Sun Belt tournament.

On Saturday, senior Dani Casablancas won his singles match for Georgia Southern, completing an undefeated individual run this season at the Wallis Tennis Center, or as the team likes to call it, “the nest.”

The Eagles won the best-two-out-of-three doubles point to get the early lead on the backs of two doubles teams: freshman Stefano Di Aloy with junior Artemie Amari, and freshman Diego Finkelstein with junior Eddie Landin.

As the match moved along, the Eagles would eventually take three singles matches, enough to clinch the victory. Di Aloy, Casablancas and Amari earned points with their singles wins, with Di Aloy taking two sets against his opponent, 6-1, 6-0. Casablancas’ individual victory fittingly clinched the match for the Eagles.

At 18-11, the Eagles have the second-most losses in the Sun Belt, but also the second-most wins. This is because, according to sunbeltsports.org, Georgia Southern has played more matches than anyone in the conference, giving them more meaningful experience going into the tournament.

Prime Performers

This season, Georgia Southern’s No. 1 singles player, junior JC Alcala, has gone 15-7 in singles matches. He and junior Eddie Landin also lead the team in doubles victories with a doubles mark of 8-5.

Freshman Santiago Suarez has shown tremendous promise with a singles record of 16-4 

However, one player cannot carry a tennis team to victory by himself. Georgia Southern has had a variety of standout performances this season across its roster. The team’s 12-0 record at “the nest” could not have been possible without everyone’s significant contributions, not only the players just mentioned.

Sun Belt Championship

The conference tournament will begin this Thursday, April 20 in New Orleans. It will go on through Sunday, April 23 when a champion will be decided.