ATLANTA--The Georgia State women's tennis team improved to No. 47 in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association's women's national team rankings.

GSU (3-1) jumped seven spots from No. 54 after competing at the ITA Kick-Off Weekend at Georgia Tech last weekend. It's the highest ranking for GSU since 2009 when the team was ranked No. 46 heading into the NCAA Tournament.

The Panthers defeated No. 43 William & Mary 4-2 to close out the weekend.

Junior Whitney Byrd took the clinching match 7-6, 3-6, 6-2, at No. 4 singles. It was Georgia State's third victory over a ranked opponent in its last five tries. The Panthers have nine wins against ranked opponents under fifth-year head coach Miha Lisac.

Sophomore Abigail Tere-Apisah took down the 44th-best singles player in the nation in GSU's 5-2 loss against Georgia Tech to open the ITA Kick-Off Weekend last Friday. She faced two match points while down five games to two and five games to four and rallied for a 7-6, 3-6, 7-5 win. She's defeated two ranked opponents so far this season after taking down Wake Forest's Kayla Duncan, No. 93 at the time, 6-4, 2-6, 6-1.

Georgia State began the season ranked No. 58 in the nation after it finished last year with a 15-4 record and advanced to the Colonial Athletic Association Championship finals. The Panthers ended the 2011 season ranked No. 54 in the nation.

The Panthers host their first home match of the season Thursday against ETSU. The match begins at 2 p.m. at the Sharon E. Lester Tennis Center at Piedmont Park.

Fans can follow Thursday's match with live stats and a live blog from Piedmont Park. Visit www.GeorgiaStateSports.com for a box score and a recap following the match.

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