February 12, 2011

Georgia State claims 6-1 win over Golden Eagles in Atlanta

Photo: Josh Girling earned Tech's lone point with a win at No. 2 singles

ATLANTA, Ga. -- Host Georgia State swept through all three doubles matches, then claimed five of six singles events to earn a 6-1 victory Saturday afternoon in men's tennis action in Atlanta.

Josh Girling captured the only point of the day for the Golden Eagles, outlasting Gabe Townes in the No. 2 singles match, the last event of the day to finish on the Piedmont Park courts. After winning the opening set, 6-4, Girling saw Townes bounce back for a 6-4 win in the second. Since the overall match had already been determined, the pair played a tie-breaker in their contest which Girling won, 10-8.

In the doubles, Alex Chen and Justin Kirstein put up the best fight, falling 8-5 at the No. 1 spot.

In singles action, Vasaily Eremeev was the first to taste defeat, dropping his No. 4 match in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3. Alex Chen also went down in straight sets in the No. 1 singles contest, 6-4, 6-4, making it a 3-0 GSU lead.

The match officially went to the Panthers when Lucas Santana posted a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Arturo Santa Ruiz at No. 6, giving Georgia State a 4-0 lead. The margin got to 6-0 before Girling capped the day with his win.

Tech, 1-4 overall in dual matches this spring, will play at Gardner Webb on Sunday. Georgia State improved to 6-3 overall.