ATLANTA--Following one of the most dramatic singles wins in recent history, Georgia State women's tennis sophomore Abigail Tere-Apisah earned the Colonial Athletic Association women's tennis Player of the Week on Tuesday.
Tere-Apisah, the No. 39-ranked player in the ITA National Women's Singles rankings, mounted a dramatic comeback to keep Georgia State's hopes alive at No. 37 South Florida on Sunday. Georgia State trailed 3-2 against the Bulls with just two singles matches remaining, one being Tere-Apisah at the No. 1 spot.
The sophomore fell in the first set, but came back with a victory in the second set against USF junior Ecaterina Vasenina, the No. 41-ranked singles player in the nation. Quickly Tere-Apisah fell behind 5-0 in the third set, but managed to grab a game back to cut the deficit to 5-1. Vasenina then roared out to a 40-0 lead in the next game needing just one more point to secure a USF victory.
Tere-Apisah rallied by fighting off all three match points to win the game on the way to winning seven straight games in the third set. Her 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 win knotted the match and allowed junior Whitney Byrd to clinch a GSU victory vs. the Bulls. The win helped Georgia State (9-6) jump up to No. 60 in the latest ITA Women's National Team rankings released on Tuesday.
The singles win improved the Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, native's record to 14-1 this season. It was her fourth victory over a ranked opponent on the year. The Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, native has now defeated Vasenina, the No. 42-ranked Marianne Jodoin of Fresno State, the No. 93-ranked player in Wake Forest's Kayla Duncan and the No. 45-ranked player in Georgia Tech's Jillian O'Neill this season.
Tere-Apisah has won the CAA weekly award three times this season. Georgia State swept the CAA Player of the Week award on the women's and men's sides this week. GSU men's tennis junior Victor Valente earned the honor on the men's side after he clinched the Panthers' 5-2 win vs. No. 37 UNCW on Sunday.
Tere-Apisah was named the CAA women's tennis Player of the Week on Feb. 15 following her two victories over Duncan and O'Neill. Tere-Apisah adds the weekly honor to a growing list of conference awards after earning the CAA Rookie of the Year award and Most Outstanding Performer at the CAA Championships last season.
Georgia State, under the leadership of fifth-year head coach Miha Lisac, has nine days to prepare for the CAA Championships beginning on Apr. 19 in Norfolk, Va. Visit the women's tennis page at www.GeorgiaStateSports.com for complete CAA Championship coverage of the Georgia STate women's tennis team.