ATLANTA--The No. 47-ranked Georgia State women's tennis team earned a 7-0 victory over ETSU Thursday afternoon at the Sharon E. Lester Tennis Center.
The 7-0 victory was Georgia State's first sweep of an opponent since it swept South Alabama on the road on Apr. 3 last season. The Panthers (4-1) completed a doubles sweep against ETSU (1-1), the first time that has happened since a 5-2 win on Apr. 10 last season against Jacksonville.
"I think we took a step forward in doubles today," fifth-year head coach Miha Lisac said, "I thought in the past we have not played as aggressively as we should have. I thought the girls came out and played with focus today."
A pair of 8-2 victories at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles clinched the early advantage for GSU. Senior Tereza Lerova and junior Whitney Byrd put on a dominating display by racing out to a 6-0 lead before closing out their 8-2 victory at No. 2 doubles. Sophomores Abigail Tere-Apisah and Maryna Kozachenko followed soon after with a 8-2 win at the No. 1 spot.
Grgan and Ondrackova dueled with ETSU's Jessica Brumit and Marine Wielizcko and eventually took a 4-3 lead. The GSU duo closed the match by winning four straight games for a 8-3 win and now owns a team-best 5-0 record together.
The momentum carried over into singles as GSU only dropped one set on the way to sweeping singles play from the Lady Bucs. Lerova quickly took a 6-1, 6-4 match from ETSU senior Paula Jaime at No. 2 and Byrd followed with a 6-2, 6-0 win against freshman Kelsey Williams at No. 4. Tere-Apisah provided the match-clinching win at No. 1 singles with a 6-3, 6-4 triumph over Lady Bucs senior Marine Wieliczko. Tere-Apisah is now 5-0 in singles play this season.
Freshman Masa Grgan rebounded from dropping her second set to roll to a 6-3, 2-6, 6-1 win at No. 5 singles. Classmate Chaimaa Roudami took a second-set tiebreak 8-6 to earn her 6-4, 6-6 (8-6) win at No. 6 singles.
"We came out and took care of business," Lisac said, "ETSU is a team that fights and doesn't go away, they made a couple of matches close and hung in there in the second sets. It feels good that we battled and finished off those second sets."
Georgia State's next match is on Sunday, Feb. 19 at Winthrop. The 47th-ranked Panthers will be looking to avenge a 6-1 loss the last time the two teams met in 2010 at Piedmont Park. The match begins at 10 a.m. in Rock Hill, S.C. Visit www.GeorgiaStateSports.com next week for a preview of the match.
1. Abigail Tere-Apisah (GSU) def. Marine Wieliczko (ETSU) 6-3, 6-4
2. Tereza Lerova (GSU) def. Paula Jaime (ETSU) 6-1, 6-4
3. Maryna Kozachenko (GSU) def. Guila Andreazza (ETSU) 6-1, 6-4
4. Whitney Byrd (GSU) def. Kelsey Williams (ETSU) 6-2, 6-0
5. Masa Grgan (GSU) def. Diana Navrostska (ETSU) 6-3, 2-6, 6-1
6. Chaimaa Roudami (GSU) def. Jessica Brumit (ETSU) 6-4, 6-6 (8-6)
1. Abigail Tere-Apisah/Maryna Kozachenko (GSU) def. Paula Jaime/Guila Andreazza (ETSU) 8-2
2. Tereza Lerova/Whitney Byrd (GSU) def. Diana Navrostska/Kelsey Williams (ETSU) 8-2
3. Masa Grgan/Martina Ondrackova (GSU) def. Jessica Brumit/Marine Wieliczko (ETSU) 8-3