Old Dominion Advances to Sun Belt Conference Tournament Final with 4-0 Win Over Georgia State

Old Dominion and Georgia Southern to face off in Sun Belt Conference men's tennis championship final, with NCAA Tournament berth on the line.

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Old Dominion Advances to Sun Belt Conference Tournament Final with 4-0 Win Over Georgia State

Old Dominion Advances to Sun Belt Conference Tournament Final with 4-0 Win Over Georgia State

No. 56 Old Dominion advanced to the 2024 Sun Belt Conference Tournament title match with a commanding 4-0 victory over Georgia State in Rome, Georgia on Friday. The Monarchs will face top-seeded Georgia Southern in the championship final.

The match, which took place on April 19, 2024 as part of the Sun Belt Conference Men's Tennis Championship tournament, saw Old Dominion dominate from start to finish. While the specific match details were not provided, the Monarchs' comprehensive win sets up an intriguing final against Georgia Southern.

Why this matters: The Sun Belt Conference Tournament serves as a vital pathway for teams to secure a coveted spot in the NCAA Tournament. Old Dominion's impressive performance against Georgia State positions them as strong contenders for the conference title and a potential NCAA berth.

Georgia Southern, the No. 63-ranked team in the nation, earned their place in the final with a 4-0 win over fifth-seeded Louisiana on Saturday. The Eagles are aiming to capture their first Sun Belt tournament title and NCAA Tournament berth.

In their semifinal match, Georgia Southern claimed the doubles point and secured singles victories from Pol del Castillo, Dimitris Paliouras, and Judson Blair to clinch the win. This marks the Eagles' first appearance in a tournament title match since the 1987 TAAC Championship.

Head coach Andrew Goodwin expressed satisfaction with his team's performance and appreciated the support from Georgia Southern fans who made the trip to the match. "The guys came out strong in doubles, winning the point, and then won five of six first sets in singles to clinch the victory," Goodwin said.

The stage is now set for an exciting championship showdown between Old Dominion and Georgia Southern on Sunday. Both teams will be vying for the Sun Belt Conference crown and the automatic NCAA Tournament bid that comes with it. The title match promises to showcase high-level tennis as these two formidable squads battle for supremacy in Rome, Georgia.

Key Takeaways

  • Old Dominion defeated Georgia State 4-0 to reach Sun Belt final
  • Georgia Southern beat Louisiana 4-0 to earn spot in Sun Belt final
  • Sun Belt final pits No. 56 Old Dominion vs. No. 63 Georgia Southern
  • Winner earns automatic bid to NCAA Tournament
  • Championship match set for Sunday in Rome, Georgia