Men’s Tennis Extends Win Streak to Seven Matches

Thomas Jilk

The Georgia Southern men’s tennis team won all three of their matches this weekend at the Wallis Tennis Center in Statesboro, taking each match by a score of 4-0. Each match was scored by the first three singles match-ups to finish their two sets, plus the best-of-three doubles point. The Eagles remained undefeated at home on the season at 8-0. They improved their overall record to 11-4.

On Friday GS played a doubleheader against Gardner-Webb and Abraham Baldwin College.

Gardner-Webb matches

After Gardner-Webb’s doubles team of freshman Maximillion Scholl and sophomore Paul Hogan upended the Eagles’ duo of senior Christian Kerrigan and freshman Diego Finkelstein, GS rallied in the next two doubles sets to win the doubles point.

GS redshirt senior Dani Casablancas and junior Eddie Landin comprised one GS winning doubles squad and junior Artemie Amari and freshman Santiago Suarez made up the other victorious duo.

Casablancas, Amari and freshman Stefano Di Aloy each took their singles matches for three more points for the Eagles and their first win of the weekend.

“We were able to push through and not let Gardner-Webb back into the match,” GS head coach Sander Koning Said.

Abraham Baldwin matches

Friday afternoon, the Eagles faced off against Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. The duo of Kerrigan and Finkelstein came back to win their doubles set, 6-4 against ABAC’s formidable Nguyen brothers. Koning called Kerrigan and Finkelstein “poised under pressure.”

Amari and Suarez knocked off their opponents, 6-0 and GS clinched the doubles point. In singles play, Amari, Finkelstein, and freshman Murphy McCullough knocked off their opponents, none of them winning any set by less than a 6-3 score.

Sunday matches

After a Saturday to recover, the Eagles returned to the Wallis Tennis Center Sunday afternoon to take on the Stetson Hatters.

The Eagles number 1 singles player, junior JC Alcala, played in the match after sitting out both on Friday. Alcala and Landin won their doubles match, 6-2, against Stetson freshmen Angus Bradshaw and William Shkrob. Kerrigan and Finkelstein again won in doubles for the Eagles, clinching another doubles point for GS. Dani Casablancas defeated Shkrob in singles play.

Di Aloy and Amari defeated Stetson sophomores Pierre-Emmanuel Fossier and Coilin Macnamara, respectively. Amari only surrendered a singular game to his opponent in singles, winning his match 6-1, 6-0.

Upcoming matches

Koning and the Eagles will travel to Macon on Thursday, facing the Mercer Bears at 2:30 p.m. Mercer is having a solid (5-2) season entering Thursday’s match.

After Mercer, GS will have over a week without matches. They will be returning to the Wallis Tennis Center in Statesboro to face another three-match stretch in the span of three days, beginning on Saturday, March 4.

The Eagles will take on Kennesaw State at 12 p.m. March 4, as well as Bethune-Cookman at 4 p.m. the same day. On monday, March 6, the Eagles will take on East Carolina at 2:30 p.m.