March 17, 2012
By Tyler Wooten
ATLANTA -- The Saluki men's tennis team fell to 3-6 on the dual match season Saturday after being swept by Georgia State, 6-0.
Doubles were not played due to court time restrictions, but the Salukis (3-6) weren't able to get anything going in singles anyway. No Salukis fought into third sets against the dominant Panthers (13-2), whose victory over Southern marked their ninth straight dating back to Feb. 8. Freshman Szymon Opieczonek was the only Saluki to even win more than four games against the Panthers.
Cooling off against the Panthers were senior Stanislas Rodier and junior Badr Cherradi, who both lost today after they both won their singles matches at the previous road stop in Hilton Head, S.C. In particular, Rodier's opponent Matias Hatem won his eleventh straight match this season.
The Salukis are 0-4 on the road this year coming into a two match home stand this weekend, where they currently stand at 1-1 in dual match play. Southern is 34-15 at home under Dann Nelson, which yields a .694 winning percentage. A Nelson coached Saluki team has never lost more than four home matches in a season (2006 and 2010), and has posted two one-loss seasons, in 2007 and 2009, the latter of which was the season the Saluki men took the Missouri Valley crown.
"We just need more confidence to be able to convert break points and game points," said head coach Dann Nelson. "Georgia State is a strong team that should be ranked. They played very well when it mattered."
The Salukis return to action at home this weekend where they will play host to Chicago State and Vincennes University on Friday and Saturday, respectively.
1. Victor Valente (GSU) def. Badr Cherradi (SIU) 6-3, 6-2
2. Matias Hatem (GSU) def. Stanislas Rodier (SIU) 6-0, 6-2
3. Thomas Cook (GSU) def. Brandon Florez (SIU) 6-3, 6-4
4. Sofiane Chevallier (GSU) def. Martijn Admiraal (SIU) 6-1, 6-0
5. Juan Pablo Gutierrez (GSU) def. Orhan Spahic (SIU) 6-4, 6-4
6. Ismael Lahlou (GSU) def. Szymon Opieczonek (SIU) 7-6 (7-4), 6-4