ATLANTA--The Georgia State women's tennis team and sophomore Abigail Tere-Apisah are notable presences in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings released Thursday.
The Panthers (4-1) bumped up to No. 40 in the ITA Division I Team rankings while Tere-Apisah jumped into the singles rankings at No. 58. The No. 40 ranking is the highest in school history for the GSU women's tennis program. Tere-Apisah is the highest-ranked singles player at GSU since Diana Nakic earned a No. 22 ranking on March 30, 2010.
Georgia State has already defeated two ranked teams this season. The Panthers took a 4-3 match at No. 62 Wake Forest in the second match of the season and earned a 4-2 win vs. 43rd-ranked William & Mary on Jan. 28.
Tere-Apisah earned the CAA Women's Tennis Player of the Week award this past week. She is a perfect 5-0 to start the season and has two wins over ranked opponents. She defeated Wake Forest senior Kayla Duncan, the 93rd-ranked singles player in the ITA rankings, 6-4, 2-6, 6-1. She followed that by defeating the No. 44-ranked singles player in Georgia Tech's Jillian O'Neal five days later. Tere-Apisah, 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 with a 6-3, 6-3, win last season against the No. 88-ranked singles player in Yale's Elizabeth Epstein.
The 40th-ranked Georgia State women's tennis team, under the direction of fifth-year head coach Miha Lisac, hits the road for a match against Winthrop in Rock Hill, S.C. on Sunday (10 a.m.). GSU is coming off a 7-0 victory over ETSU last Thursday. Visit www.GeorgiaStateSports.com following Sunday's match for a full recap and box score.