Flushing, N.Y.--Georgia State junior Abigail Tere-Apisah
takes on Tennessee's Kata Szekely in the first round of the USTA/ITA National
Indoor Intercollegiate Championships in a rematch of last season's NCAA Singles
Championship second round match.
ranked No. 23 in the ITA Preseason Singles rankings, defeated Szekely, No. 28
in the same rankings, by a 6-3, 6-4 margin in the 2012 NCAA Singles
Championship. Tere-Apisah earned All-American status with the win becoming the
first GSU tennis player in school history to earn that honor.
in both singles and doubles begins at the Indoor Intercollegiate Championship at
9 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8. Tere-Apisah's match is scheduled for 3 p.m. Fans can follow Tere-Apisah's progress at the event
by following live stats, live radio or a live blog. Columbia University will
also update its official tournament page throughout the day with results. There will be a live blog of Tere-Apisah's match vs. Szekely courtesy of UTSports.com here.
became the first women's tennis player in Georgia State history to be invited
to the elite tournament. She earned an at-large invite after earning
All-American status last year and competing in the Riviera/ITA All-American
Championships in Pacific Palisades, Calif., earlier this fall.
enters Thursday's competition following a strong showing at the ITA Southeast
Regional Championship. In singles play, Tere-Apisah advanced to the semifinals
before losing to eventual champion Lauren Herring (Georgia) in a grueling 6-4,
Szekely defeated her teammate, Brynn Boren 6-4, 6-2 to claim the singles title at the ITA Ohio Valley Regional Championship in West Lafayette, Ind. She also won the doubles title with Boren as her partner to earn an automatic entry into the doubles draw at the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships.
a native of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, has played elite opponents this
fall. She began the fall season by competing with her teammates against
top-notch competition at the Southern Shootout hosted by Georgia State. She
took on three ranked singles opponents on the weekend, defeating two and
dropping her lone match narrowly to the No. 19-ranked player in the nation. She
then competed at the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships in Pacific
Palisades, Calif. She earned a victory over No. 20 Aeriel Ellis from Texas in
straight sets, but fell to the top seed of the tournament in the next round.
the women's tennis page on GeorgiaStateSports.com for daily updates on
Tere-Apisah's play at the elite tournament.