Columbia, S.C.--The No. 66-ranked Georgia State women's tennis team dropped a narrow 4-3 match at No. 35 South Carolina on Saturday.
Georgia State (7-5) trailed 3-2 with both sophomore Abigail Tere-Apisah's and junior Whitney Byrd's singles matches to play, but couldn't get the two wins it needed for the upset. Byrd took a 7-6, 4-6, 6-2 win at No. 3 singles against Dominika Kanakova. She has now won three straight singles matches.
Freshmen Masa Grgan and Chaimaa Roudami each took singles victories at No. 5 and 6 singles respectively. Grgan won 7-5, 6-2 vs. South Carolina (9-4) junior Adriana Pereira. Grgan improved to 8-4 on the season with her fourth-consecutive singles victory.
Roudami earned a 6-4, 6-2 win at No .6 singles vs. South Carolina junior Josefin Andersson. The win was the Casablanca, Morocco, native's third-consecutive triumph.
The Panthers fell behind early after they dropped the doubles point to the Gamecocks. Byrd and Kozachenko fell narrowly at No. 2 doubles 9-7 against Kanakova and Pereira.
Georgia State, led by fifth-year head coach Miha Lisac, hosts Kennesaw State on Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Sharon Lester Tennis Center. Visit the women's tennis page on www.GeorgiaStateSports.com for a preview of the match.