Wilmington, N.C.--The Georgia State women's tennis team dropped a hard-fought match 4-3 at UNC Wilmington on Saturday.

The loss slips the No. 38-ranked Panthers to 4-2 on the season. It is GSU's first loss to an unranked team since Apr. 17, 2010 when it fell 4-0 to William & Mary in the CAA Championship semifinals. It was also the first win for UNCW in three tries vs. the Panthers.

Georgia State fell behind early, dropping the crucial doubles point to UNCW (3-5). The final point of the long match came down to the No. 2 singles matchup of GSU senior Tereza Lerova and Seahawk senior Christina Lee. Lee battled back to take the match 1-6, 6-4, 7-6.

Georgia State junior Whitney Byrd, sophomore Abigail Tere-Apisah and freshman Chaimaa Roudami each notched singles victories for GSU. Byrd took her match at No. 4 singles 6-3, 6-4 over UNCW sophomore Kelly Cameron.

Tere-Apisah, the No. 58-ranked player in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Singles rankings, improved to 6-0 on the year in the match. She defeated Seahawks sophomore Olga Blank 6-4, 6-1 at No. 1 singles.

Roudami moved to 4-1 on the season with a 6-3, 5-7, 6-1 win over junior Christina Riley.

Fifth-year head coach Miha Lisac and the Panthers depart for a week-long trip to California on Sunday morning. Georgia State will square off against three opponents on the trip, including two ranked teams. GSU faces No. 43-ranked Sacramento State on Monday, No. 66 UC Santa Barbara on Wednesday and Fresno State on Friday. Check www.GeorgiaStateSports.com for a preview of GSU's spring break trek to California.

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