ATLANTA--The No. 47-ranked Georgia State women's tennis team hosts its first home match of the 2012 season this Thursday against ETSU at 2 p.m.
GSU (3-1) enters the match with its highest ranking since the 2009 season when it was No. 46 in the nation and NCAA Tournament bound. This season, the Panthers defeated No. 62 Wake Forest 4-3 on Jan. 22 and No. 43-ranked William & Mary 4-2 on Jan. 28 to jump from No. 54 to their current ITA national ranking.
Georgia State and ETSU have met the past two seasons with each team earning a 4-3 victory during that time. Sophomore Maryna Kozachenko clinched the Panthers' 4-3 victory last year with a straight-set win at No. 4 singles over ETSU senior Karina Kedzo.
ETSU enters Thursday's match after a 4-3 win over Radford on Jan. 28. The Lady Bucs are coming off a season in which they went to the NCAA Tournament after winning the Atlantic Sun Tournament Championship last year. ETSU fell 4-0 to North Carolina in the first round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament.
Georgia State sophomore Abigail Tere-Apisah has a perfect 4-0 mark this season in her singles matches. The Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, native has defeated the No. 45 and No. 93-ranked singles players in consecutive matches this season. If the lineups hold from the GSU's and ETSU's previous matches, Tere-Apisah will square off against Lady Bucs senior Jamie Paula at No. singles. Tere-Apisah defeated Paula last season 6-2, 6-4, in the GSU victory.
Fans can follow the match on Thursday with live stats and a live blog from Piedmont Park. Check www.GeorgiaStateSports.com for a recap and box score of the match including a postgame interview with head coach Miha Lisac.