ATLANTA--Georgia State women's tennis player Abigail Tere-Apisah earned the Colonial Athletic Association's first Women's Tennis Player of the Week award for the 2012 spring season.
Tere-Apisah is a perfect 5-0 to start the season after defeating two ranked opponents in consecutive weekends. The sophomore first knocked off Wake Forest senior Kayla Duncan, the 93rd-ranked singles player in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Women's Singles rankings, 6-4, 2-6, 6-1. It was Georgia State's second match of the season as it earned a 4-3 win against No. 62 Wake Forest.
Tere-Apisah followed that by defeating the No. 44-ranked singles player in Jillian O'Neal of No. 13 Georgia Tech five days later. The Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea native, who battled through an ankle injury, fought off two match points while down five games to two and five games to four to earn the 7-6, 3-6, 7-5 victory. In her brief but stellar career, Tere-Apisah is 3-1 against ranked opponents after a 6-3, 6-3, win last season against the No. 88-ranked singles player in Yale's Elizabeth Epstein.
This is the second time in her career Tere-Apisah earned the weekly CAA honor. She received the award on Mar. 15 of last year after the win over Epstein. She adds the honor to a growing list of conference awards after earning the CAA Rookie of the Year award and Most Outstanding Performer at the CAA Championships last season.
Tere-Apisah owns a 19-2 career record at GSU. The Panthers travel to Rock Hill, S.C., to take on Winthrop this Sunday. GSU (4-1), led by fifth-year head coach Miha Lisac, is ranked No. 47 in the latest ITA Women's National Team rankings. Check www.GeorgiaStateSports.com following the 10 a.m. match for a complete recap and a box score.