Fresno, Calif.--Sophomore Abigail Tere-Apisah earned her third win this season against a ranked singles opponent, but it wasn't enough as the No. 50-ranked Georgia State women's tennis team dropped a 4-3 match at Fresno State on Friday.
Tere-Apisah, the No. 54-ranked player in the ITA Women's Division I Singles rankings, won 6-3, 6-4, at No. 1 singles vs. Fresno State sophomore Marianne Jodoin. Tere-Apisah previously defeated the No. 93-ranked singles player in Wake Forest's Kayla Duncan and the No. 45-ranked player in Georgia Tech's Jillian O'Neill.
Down 3-1 in the team score, Tere-Apisah's straight-set victory over the No. 42-ranked Jodoin gave GSU (6-3) a glimmer of hope in the match. Senior Tereza Lerova followed with a 6-2, 6-7, 6-2, win at No. 2 singles over Olga Kirpicheva to knot the team score at three. But Fresno State's Melissa McQueen came back to earn a 0-6, 7-6, 6-2, win at No. 4 singles against Georgia State sophomore Maryna Kozachenko to clinch the match.
Freshman Masa Grgan took home Georgia State's first win of the day, a 6-3, 6-3, triumph at No. 5 singles against Bulldogs junior Briana Modoc.
Fifth-year head coach Miha Lisac and the Panthers return home for a match on Tuesday, Mar. 6 against Samford (2 p.m.). Visit the women's tennis page early next week for a preview of the match.
1. No. 54 Abigail Tere-Apisah (GS) d. No. 42 Marianne Jodoin (FS), 6-3, 6-4
2. Tereza Lerova (GS) d. Olga Kirpicheva (FS) 6-2, 6-7 (5), 6-2
3. Aishwarya Agrawal(FS) d. Whitney Byrd (GS) 6-3, 6-2
4. Melissa McQueen (FS) d. Maryna Kozachenko (GS) 0-6, 7-6 (5), 7-5
5. Masa Grgan (GS) d. Bianca Modoc (FS) 6-3, 6-3
6. Tanya Murtagh (FS) d. Chaimaa Roudami (FS) 6-4, 6-3
Order of Finish: 3,5,6,1,2,4
1. Marianne Jodoin/Olga Kirpicheva (FS) d. Abigail Tere-Apisah/Maryna Kozachenko (GS) 9-8 (3)
2. Melissa McQueen/Bianca Modoc (FS) d. Tereza Lerova/Whitney Byrd (GS) 9-7
3. Laura Pola/Aishwarya Agrawal (FS) d. Masa Grgan/Martina Ondrackova (GS) 9-7
Order of Finish: 2,3,1