Men’s Tennis Team Sweeps Weekend Matches

Thomas Jilk

The Georgia Southern men’s tennis team won all three of their matches at home over the weekend, defeating Winthrop on Saturday and both UNC-Charlotte and College of Coastal Georgia on Sunday. The team improved to 8-4 this season after the wins.

Against Winthrop on Saturday, the Eagles edged out a tough challenge by a final of 4-3. All four of the Eagles’ points came from single’s matches, with freshman Santiago Suarez only losing one game over his two sets. Junior JC Alcala continued his strong single’s play with a convincing victory over his opponent: 6-2, 6-2.

In the first match of the Sunday doubleheader, Georgia Southern defeated The UNC-Charlotte 49ers, 5-2. Suarez and junior Artemie Amari took their single’s matches in straight sets, while Alcala came back from down a set to win his. In double’s play, the Eagles were able to earn the best-of-three point on the strength of two tandems.

The duo of senior Christian Kerrigan and freshman Diego Finkelstein prevailed, 6-3, over UNCC’s top double’s pair. The Eagles’ two top single’s players, Alcala and junior Eddie Landin helped clinch the double’s point as well by knocking off their opponents, 6-2.

The final match of the weekend for the Eagles was actually modified so it could be shorter. The match against Coastal Georgia was set up so that once victory was clinched by either side, the ongoing matches at that point would come to an end.

GS got the win, 4-0 to complete the weekend sweep. Eddie Landin won his single’s match nearly flawlessly, with two consecutive 6-0 sets. Freshman Stefano Di Aloy and Amari also convincingly won their single’s matches. The Eagles again won the double’s point and finished their shutout of College of Coastal Georgia.

The Eagles will be back at home this coming Friday, facing both Gardner-Webb and Abraham Baldwin College. On Sunday, they will play Stetson before heading to Macon next Thursday to take on Mercer.

Women’s Tennis

Last Thursday, the Eagles’ women’s tennis team played the Savannah State Tigers and shut them out, 7-0 at home. Two of the single’s matches ended in tiebreakers, with GS winning both.

Senior Giulia Riepe and sophomore Paige Christian both outlasted their opponents in their first-to-10-point tiebreakers. Freshman Arianne De Winter and sophomore Emilia Bujan defeated their opponents in straight sets, and the Eagles took the double’s point as well. On Saturday, Eagles will be in Atlanta to play Georgia Tech.