GS Tennis teams knocked out of Sun Belt Championships

Robert George

Both the Men’s and Women’s Tennis programs were eliminated in the first round of the conference tournament on Friday afternoon. The Men’s team fell 2-4, and the Women’s team 1-4.

The Men’s team took on No. 2 seed South Alabama and came up just short. JC Alcala and Ze Moya were the only Eagles to win their matches on the day, as both earned points in singles competition. The team finished the season with a 15-7 overall record, ending one of the best seasons in the program’s recent history.

“I commend the guys for having a good season, and looking back from a year ago, we made some strides. It tells me we are on the right track as a program, and we have the right guys to make this program great,” head coach Sander Koning said in an interview following the competition. “I believe we will really breakthrough as a program when we do that.”

On the Women’s side, the Eagles faced No. 5 seed Troy, a team that they had beaten a few weeks prior to the tournament. On Friday, however, Troy bested the Eagles 4-1. Guilia Repe won her singles match and was named to the Sun Belt Conference’s All-Conference Second Team.

They finished the season 12-9 and 2-3 in the conference. With just two seniors on the team, the Eagles should continue to improve in the offseason and be ready for next year.