ATLANTA--Following an impressive 7-0 victory last Tuesday, the Georgia State women's tennis team hosts North Florida on Monday at the Sharon Lester Tennis Center.
The Panthers (6-4) and Ospreys (4-3) will meet for the first time in history. The match is an important one as GSU looks to build momentum towards its showdown in Columbia, S.C., vs. South Carolina next Saturday.
Two Georgia State players put singles winning streaks on the line on Monday. Georgia State senior Tereza Lerova has now won three matches in a row while sophomore Abigail Tere-Apisah is a perfect 10-0 to start the season.
The only time GSU and North Florida clashed was in the fall in a singles match. Freshman Masa Grgan dropped a narrow 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 match to UNF senior Aline Berkenbrock at the ITA Southeastern Regionals in Gainesville, Fla., on Oct. 22, 2011. Berkenbrock is 3-2 on the season playing the majority of her matches at the No. 1 slot. Grgan owns a 6-4 record while playing in the No. 4 and 5 spots.
The focus for the Panthers, and fifth-year head coach Miha Lisac, in Monday's match will be starting matches with strong doubles play.
"We need to come out and win the doubles point," Lisac said, "The priority for our upcoming matches will be taking the doubles point. We've been going back and forth on what the best solutions for our doubles will be, but no matter what lineup we put out, the biggest priority will be taking the doubles point."
Georgia State returns to the court after a convincing 7-0 victory vs. Samford at the Sharon Lester Tennis Center last Tuesday. In that match, GSU experimented with new doubles pairings at the No. 1 and 2 slots. Sophomore Abigail Tere-Apisah, last week's Colonial Athletic Association women's tennis Player of the Week, paired with senior Tereza Lerova for the first time in their careers in the No. 1 spot. The two took a quick 8-3 victory against Samford's Kristin Lewis and Lindsey Mallory.
In the No. 2 slot, junior Whitney Byrd and sophomore Maryna Kozachenko also paired together for the first time in their careers. The two grabbed a 8-4 win to complete a doubles sweep for GSU, the third time it has done that this season. Kozachenko later provided the match-clinching win in singles with a 6-2, 6-4 triumph at the No. 4 spot
Visit the women's tennis page on www.GeorgiaStateSports.com following Monday's match for a full recap and box score.