Men’s Tennis Tested In Florida

Thomas Jilk

The Georgia Southern men’s tennis team went to Florida this weekend to play three matches in two days. The Eagles lost twice on Saturday against the Florida Gators, who came in ranked no. 11 in the nation. On Sunday, Florida State got the better of GS, but the Eagles fought back to beat the Florida A&M Rattlers just a few hours later.

The first two matches of the weekend ended in 0-7 defeats for Georgia Southern. 

University of Florida 

In Gainesville, junior JC Alcala battled respectably against the nation’s no. 11 singles player, Alfredo Perez. The Gators, however, would take all six singles matches as well as the doubles best-of-three point.

Florida State

In Tallahassee on Sunday, the Eagles improved their doubles play, according to head coach Sander Koning. The duo of Alcala and junior Eddie Landin narrowly lost to the Seminoles’ Whitehurst brothers (Terrence and Terell) by a score of 4-6. The Seminoles would win all six points possible in the singles matches, as well as winning the doubles point.

Florida A&M

The Eagles showed marked improvement on Sunday afternoon against Florida A&M, winning the match 4-1 after two singles matches did not finish.

The Eagles’ doubles team of junior Artemie Amari and freshman Diego Finkelstein convincingly won their doubles set, 6-1, but FAMU was able to notch their one point by edging out the Eagles in the other two doubles sets. GS swept through the singles matches against the Rattlers with Alcala, Landin, Amari and freshman Stefano Di Aloy all prevailing against their FAMU opponents.

The men’s team finished their second straight weekend road trip with an overall record of 2-3. The Eagles will take on Alabama State and South Carolina State at home on Saturday.

Women’s Tennis

The women’s match against SCAD this weekend was postponed due to the severe weather system. The Eagles will also be in action at home next weekend, facing Alabama State and SCAD. The women will also host Presbyterian College January 31 in the GS Wallis Tennis Center.