ATLANTA--The No. 60-ranked Georgia State women's tennis team will be the third seed in the upcoming 2012 Virginia 529 Colonial Athletic Association Women's Tennis Championship in Norfolk, Va.

The Panthers (9-6, 1-2) play their first match at 8:30 a.m. on Friday against the winner of Thursday's opening-round match between sixth-seeded James Madison and 11th-seeded George Mason. This is the third consecutive season Georgia State, led by fifth-year head coach Miha Lisac, enters the CAA Championships as the third seed.

James Madison is 11-5 on the season and 3-2 in CAA play. The Dukes played one nationally-ranked team this season in No. 75 UNCW and lost that match 6-1 in Norfolk, Va. George Mason is 13-7 on the year and 0-2 in CAA play. JMU defeated George Mason by a 7-0 margin last Sunday in Farifax, Va.

Last season, GSU advanced to the finals of the CAA Championship only to fall narrowly to top-seeded William & Mary 4-2. The Panthers took the doubles point against the Tribe but were unable to seal a victory in singles play.

Georgia State's path in 2012 includes a possible semifinal grudge match against UNCW, which took a 4-3 victory against the Panthers in Wilmington, N.C. on Feb. 25.

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