ATLANTA--The No. 66-ranked Georgia State women's tennis team looks to bounce back on Wednesday in a 2 p.m. match vs. local rival Kennesaw State at the Sharon Lester Tennis Center.
Georgia State (7-5) is looking to get back on the winning track after a narrow 4-3 defeat at South Carolina last Saturday. The Panthers went down to the wire with the No. 35-ranked Gamecocks, trailing 3-2 as junior Whitney Byrd and sophomore Abigail Tere-Apisah battled into the third sets of their matches. Byrd won at No. 3 singles, but Tere-Apisah fell to the No. 45-ranked singles player in Anya Morgina in the No. 1 spot.
GSU and Kennesaw State (6-5) have not met since 2007 when Georgia State took a 6-1 victory against the Owls. That was the first meeting in history between the two schools.
Georgia State enters Wednesday's match with a renewed emphasis on its doubles play. So far this season, GSU has won five of the possible 12 doubles points including three sweeps.
"What I will be looking for [on Wednesday] is how we approach our doubles play," fifth-year head coach Miha Lisac said, "I feel like we are doing better in terms of playing aggressively, but we definitely have to come out with more energy and we have to sustain that energy throughout the doubles matches."
GSU is a perfect 3-0 at the Sharon Lester Tennis Center this season. The team has only dropped three individual matches this season at home, dropping all of them during a 5-2 win vs. UNF last Monday. GSU has won 19 of the possible 21 points at home.
The match will feature a bevy of international talent as 10 countries including the United States will be represented on the courts on Wednesday. Kennesaw State boasts a roster from Germany, Romania, Russia and Sweden while GSU's team hails from the Czech Republic, Morocco, Papua New Guinea, Slovenia and Ukraine.
Visit the women's tennis page for links to live stats and a live chat to follow the action at the Sharon Lester Tennis Center on Wednesday.