Eagles break even on the weekend

Derik Wuchte

The Eagles were away this weekend as they took on Florida Atlantic University and Florida Gulf Coast University. With one win and one loss over Saturday and Sunday, the Eagles take their current record of 2-3 and keep moving forward.

Saturday proved to be a close one for the Eagles. 4-3 was the final team scoring in favor of Southern.

Doubles started strong as freshman Jose Landin and senior Kyle Hoffman led the way with a 6-4 win over junior Andrei Morin-Kougoucheff and senior Will Neuner. The Eagles got the go-ahead doubles point when junior Ristomatti Lanne and sophomore Nico de Groof defeated senior Robert Dubuque and freshman Kian Mclean 6-3.

The match-ups were tighter in singles. Lanne in the No. 1 spot match went against Morin-Kougoucheff. In a three set match, Lanne was able to take it 3-6, 6-4, 6-4. Landin in the No. 5 spot also pulled out a win as he faced senior Sean Bacha. His match went two sets as he took the win 7-5, 6-3.

The last Eagle to claim victory and give GSU the team win was freshman Joan Carles Alcala in the No. 6 spot. He defeated Mclean 6-3, 1-6, 6-3.

Super Bowl Sunday was tough on the Eagles. They only managed one win to avoid a near-sweep by Florida Gulf Coast in their 1-6 loss.

The teams of Landin and Hoffman, and Lanne and de Groof, could not get wins again to start off doubles. Senior Albert Codina Sala and sophomore Christian Kerrigan were also unable to claim victory, giving Florida Gulf Coast the doubles team point.

Things did not flow into singles as the Eagles could only find one victory on the day. Junior Daniel Casablancas competing in the No. 6 spot against junior Lucas Vaz gave the Eagles their one team point in his win of 6-4, 6-4.

The Eagles will face a 1-5 East Carolina University team in Statesboro at the Wallis Tennis Center this Saturday, Feb. 7. Matches will start at noon.