ATLANTA--The Georgia State women's tennis team took an early lead and didn't let up as it rolled to a 5-2 victory against North Florida on Monday at the Sharon Lester Tennis Center.
The Panthers (7-4) began the match by claiming the doubles point for the second straight match. The team kept its same doubles pairing from the 7-0 win vs. Samford last Tuesday as its top two teams impressed in their matches.
Junior Whitney Byrd began her stellar match on Monday by pairing with sophomore Maryna Kozachenko to earn an 8-2 win at No. 2 doubles. The win gave Georgia State the early lead in doubles play. Sophomore Abigail Tere-Apisah and senior Tereza Lerova followed that with a hard-fought 8-5 victory at No. 1 doubles. Tere-Apisah and Lerova were broken to cut their lead to 6-5, but they rattled of two straight games to take the match.
Tere-Apisah provided the match-clinching win with a 6-4, 6-4 triumph at No. 1 singles over North Florida (4-4) senior Aline Berkenbrock. The No. 54-ranked Tere-Apisah improved her singles record to 11-0 this season.
Byrd began singles play with a dominating 6-2, 6-0 triumph at No. 3 singles over UNF senior Danielle Day. Byrd's straight-set victory was followed by freshman Masa Grgan's hard-fought 6-2, 7-6 (7-3) win at No. 5 singles over UNF sophomore Simona Weymar. Grgan has now won three straight singles matches.
After Tere-Apisah's clincher, freshman Chaimaa Roudami improved her singles record to 8-3 in 2012 with a 6-4, 6-4 victory. The win at No. 6 singles came against UNF freshman Marina Cunningham.
Georgia State had its streak of consecutive straight-set doubles and singles matches won at the Sharon Lester Tennis Center snapped on Monday. The Panthers suffered a loss at No. 3 doubles to halt the streak at 20 consecutive matches. GSU had previously won every set in 7-0 wins vs. ETSU on Feb. 9 and Samford on Mar. 6 at the Sharon Lester Tennis Center.
Fifth-year head coach Miha Lisac and the Panthers now prepare for an important showdown this Saturday at South Carolina. The No. 38-ranked Gamecocks feature two ranked singles players, including No. 34 Anya Morgina and No. 64 Jakin Alawi. Morgina and Alawi are also ranked No. 52 in the nation as a doubles pair.
Visit the women's tennis page on www.GeorgiaStateSports.com later in the week for a preview of Saturday's match.
1. Abigail Tere-Apisah (GSU) def. Aline Berkenbrock (UNF-W) 6-4, 6-4
2. Lorena Aviles (UNF-W) def. Tereza Lerova (GSU) 6-3, 6-3
3. Whitney Byrd (GSU) def. Danielle Day (UNF-W) 6-2, 6-0
4. Melanie Aguirre (UNF-W) def. Maryna Kozachenko (GSU) 6-0, 2-6, 6-3
5. Masa Grgan (GSU) def. Simona Weymar (UNF-W) 6-2, 7-6 (7-3)
6. Chaimaa Roudami (GSU) def. Marina Cunningham (UNF-W) 6-4, 6-4