ATLANTA – Elon University men’s tennis suffered a 4-0 defeat Sunday, April 1, on the road against Georgia State at the Sharon Lester Tennis Center.
Elon’s day started with Georgia State (9-9) taking the doubles point thanks to wins at Nos. 2 and 3. After a Georgia State win at No. 3, Mario Paccini and Neal Port earned a 6-4 win at No. 1 to pull doubles even, but the Panthers picked up the point with a 6-3 win at No. 2.
In singles action, GSU clinched the match with wins at Nos. 1, 3 and 4. First, Bailey Showers made it 2-0 with a 6-4, 6-2 win at No. 4 over Salvador Mijares. Showers was followed by Giles Hussey at No. 3, where Kyle Frankel fell 7-5, 6-3. Closing out the match, Andrei Andrukhou topped Felipe Sarrasague 6-3, 6-4 at No. 1.
Elon’s Jacob Bicknell cruised in the first set at No. 6, but the Elon (12-7) sophomore struggled in the second set and Andrei Duarte forced a third set. The match went unfinished with Duarte leading the third 2-0 early on. Elsewhere, Paccini was trailing 6-2, 4-4 when his match at No. 2 was called and Camilo Ponce was down 6-4, 2-2 at No. 5 when the day finished up.
Set for its final road match of the 2018 regular season, Elon will head to James Madison on Friday, April 6, for a 1 p.m. match against the Dukes in Harrisonburg, Va. After that, the Phoenix will come home April 10 and April 11 for two more regular-season matches against UNC Asheville and UNCG before hosting the CAA Tournament at the Jimmy Powell Tennis Center from April 20-22.
1. Andrei Andrukhou (GSU) def. Felipe Sarrasague (ELON) 6-3, 6-4
2. Quentin Coulaud (GSU) vs. Mario Paccini (ELON) 6-2, 4-4, unfinished
3. Giles Hussey (GSU) def. Kyle Frankel (ELON) 7-5, 6-3
4. Bailey Showers (GSU) def. Salvador Mijares (ELON) 6-4, 6-2
5. Jack MacFarlane (GSU) vs. Camilo Ponce (ELON) 6-4, 2-2, unfinished
6. Andrei Duarte (GSU) vs. Jacob Bicknell (ELON) 0-6, 6-4, 2-0, unfinished
1. Neal Port/Mario Paccini (ELON) def. Andrei Andrukhou/Quentin Coulaud (GSU) 6-4
2. Giles Hussey/Jack MacFarlane (GSU) def. Salvador Mijares/Felipe Sarrasague (ELON) 6-3
3. Bailey Showers/Andrei Duarte (GSU) def. Camilo Ponce/Kyle Frankel (ELON) 6-1