close
close

GAMES FOR ALL: No. 63 Eagles earn berth in Sun Belt finals with 4-0 win over Louisiana

ROME, Ga. – The No. 63 and top-seeded Georgia Southern men’s tennis team advanced to the first Sun Belt Conference Tournament men’s tennis championship match with a 4-0 victory over fifth-seeded Louisiana Saturday at the Rome Tennis Center in the semifinals.

The Eagles (15-8) will face the winner of second-seeded Old Dominion and third-seeded Georgia State on Sunday at 1 p.m., hoping to earn their first Sun Belt tournament title, first NCAA Tournament berth and pass to claim the second men’s tennis tournament. title in school history and joined the 1994 Southern Conference champions. Louisiana sees its season end with a mark of 12-11.

This is Georgia Southern’s first appearance in a tournament title game since the 1987 TAAC Championship, in which the Eagles lost 5-1 to Little Rock. The 1994 SoCon tournament title for Georgia Southern was a breakaway tournament.

The Eagles came out strong in doubles and recorded a quick 6-1 victory Judson Blair And Pierre Mouesca above Vasil Dimitrov and Mason Landreth at No. 2 in doubles. Pol del Castillo And Dimitris Paliouras then took the point with a 6-4 victory over Alejandro Sanchez Gonzalez and Sacha Grandvincent in the No. 1 doubles match.

Georgia Southern kept the pressure on the Ragin’ Cajuns in singles play, winning five of the six opening sets. The lead increased to 2-0 with del Castillo’s 6-2, 6-3 win over William Ribero at No. 2 singles, then Paliouras picked up a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Gonzalez at No. 1 singles. Blair earned the decisive victory with a 7-6 (4), 6-2 win over Samuel Kyjaci at No. 5 singles, sending the Eagles to the finals.

“This means a lot to Georgia Southern in general and to the guys who have worked so hard all year,” said Georgia Southern’s head tennis coach. Andrew Goodwin said of his team’s first-place finish in a Sun Belt final. “Congratulations to Louisiana, I’m a big fan of Luc (Louisiana head coach Luc Godin). His guys are playing the right way and they’re competing together. I’m very happy that we get the opportunity to play another day.”

“I think some of them are an understatement,” Coach Goodwin said when asked if some fans would travel to the Rome Tennis Center for the match. “A lot of people came out today, whether they were Georgia Southern alumni, supporters of the program and even my personal friends and family. It means a lot because it shows the pride they have in this program and in the people in We are on a good path at the moment, but we have to get ready for tomorrow.”

RESULTS
Singles

1. Dimitris Paliouras (GS) final. Alejandro Sánchez González (LA) 6-3, 6-4
2. Pol del Castillo (GS) final. William Ribero (LA) 6-2, 6-3
3. Aaron James Williams (GS) and Vasil Dimitrov (LA) 4-6, 6-2, 4-4, unfinished
4. Pierre Mouesca (GS) led Oriol Fillat Gimenez (LA) 7-5, 3-3, incomplete
5. Judson Blair (GS) final. Samuel Kyjaci (LA) 7-6 (4), 6-2
6. Laurent Julia Calac (GS) led Leonard Tramolay (LA) 6-4, 6-6, unfinished

Double
1. Pol del Castillo/Dimitris Paliouras (GS) final. Alejandro Sánchez González/Sacha Grandvincent (LA) 6-4
2. Judson Blair/Pierre Mouesca (GS) final. Vasil Dimitrov/Mason Landreth (LA) 6-1
3. Aaron James Williams/Laurent Julia Calac (GS) led William Ribero/Leonard Tramolay (LA) 5-4, incomplete