After dropping their previous 2 matches, the Georgia Southern men's tennis team looked to get back on track over the weekend, playing host to Georgia State and Appalachian State.
In an action packed event on Friday, the Eagles won a thriller over in state rival GSU by a final of 4-3.
The Panthers came to play early, taking the first doubles match of the day, but the Eagles were able to respond quickly, with Artemie Amari and Stefano Di Aloy winning on court two 6-4.
Diego Finkelstein and Eddie Landin would also take their match 6-4 giving the Eagles a 1-0 lead heading to singles play.
The Panthers jumped on the Eagles early in the first singles matches and pushed the score to 2-1 in favor of GSU.
GS was able to bounce back, taking 3 out the 6 total singles matches. Senior Artemie Amari was able to crucially defeat his opponent 7-5, which was enough to give the Eagles their first win over the Panthers in 15 matches, knocking them off 4-3.
After getting back on the winning track, the Eagles turned around to square off against conference rival Appalachian State on Saturday, where they were able to keep the wheels rolling and secure another victory.
The Mountaineers took an early 1-0 lead after doubles play, but the Eagles began to take over in the singles matches.
Sophomore Murphy McCullough switched the momentum to Georgia Southern’s side with a quick 6-2, 6-0 victory in his match. The teams continued to battle it out on the court, with the Eagles up 3-2 entering the final match of the day.
All eyes once again fell on Friday night’s hero Artemie Amari, who yet again came up big time for the Eagles and secured their victory.
The two victories are a huge morale boost for the Eagles with the season beginning to come to a close.
"We have little time to celebrate since we have another big conference match against Louisiana on Tuesday," Head Coach Sander Koning told gseagles.
The Eagles' match against the Ragin Cajuns on Tuesday from Statesboro is set to begin at 2:30 p.m. from the Wallis Tennis Center.
Ryan Pye, The George-Anne Sports Candidate, firstname.lastname@example.org