STATESBORO, GA (February 21, 2023) —The South Carolina State men’s tennis team dropped a tough 4-3 decision Monday (Feb.20th) versus Georgia Southern.

“We have lost 5 matches 4-3 and had chances to win all of them,” said head coach Hardeep Judge. “I look forward to us getting healthy and getting some players back. With such a young team these close losses will make us better down the stretch.”

The doubles matches went in favor of the Bulldogs after SCSU swept all three doubles matches, taking a 1-0 lead into the singles portion of the afternoon.

In the singles match at the No. 1 spot Aissa Benchakroun defeated P. del Castillo 6-1, 7-5 and Luka Stefanovic defeated Julia Calac 7-6, 5-7 and 7-6 at the No. 6 spot to gain victories.

The Bulldogs take on Kennesaw State on Sunday, Feb. 26th in a non-conference matchup in Kennesaw, Georgia. First serve is 2 p.m.

1. A. Benchakrun/B. Niv def J. Blair/P. del Castillo (GS), 6-2
2. R. Halfinger/P. Sasso def. V. Dun/A. Roumpis (GS), 6-2
3. M. Bankou/I. Pauliuchenka def. J. Mitchell/A.J. Williams, 6-4

Order of Finish: 1, 3, 2

1. A. Benchakroun def. P. del Castillo (GS), 6-1, 7-5
2. A.J. Williams (GS) def. B. Niv, 5-7, 6-2, 6-3
3. D. Paliouras (GS) def. M. Bankou, 4-6, 7-6, 6-3
4. P. Mouesca (GS) def. R. Halfinger, 6-4, 6-1
5. J. Blair (GS) def. I. Pauliuchenka, 6-2, 6-2
6. L. Stefanovic def. L. Julia Calac (GS), 7-6, 5-7, 7-6
Order of Finish: 1, 5, 4, 2, 3, 6

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