ATLANTA--Sophomore Abigail Tere-Apisah became just the second player in Georgia State women's tennis history to be selected to the NCAA Singles Championships, which begin May 23 in Athens, Ga.
The NCAA announced all the participants in the 64-person field on Wednesday with the draw to be completed just prior to the start of the tournament. Tere-Apisah was the automatic qualifier from the Colonial Athletic Association after she earned the 2012 CAA Player of the Year award and went a stellar 17-1 in singles play this season.
Tere-Apisah posted her nearly flawless record in singles play this season while playing all of her matches in the No. 1 position for GSU. The sophomore is currently ranked No. 36 in the ITA Women's National Singles Rankings after she defeated four ranked opponents in 2012. The Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, native joins Diana Nakic in 2010 as the only two players in GSU history to earn bids to the NCAA Singles Championship.
"I am very thankful and blessed to be given the opportunity to play at Georgia State and I am so happy and honored to represent Georgia State at the NCAA Championships," Tere-Apisah said, "My tennis game has improved a lot since I've been here and I would like to thank head coach Miha Lisac for giving me the chance to further improve my game."
Tere-Apisah owns victories over three players who qualified for this year's championship, including the WAC's automatic qualifier Marianne Jodoin of Fresno State. She defeated the No. 41-ranked Jodoin 6-3, 6-4, won a 7-6 (3), 3-6, 7-5 match against No. 11 Jillian O'Neill of Georgia Tech and defeated No. 44 Ecaterina Vasenina of USF by a 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 margin. O'Neill and Vasenina were both at-large singles selections.
Tere-Apisah also defeated the No. 68-ranked singles player in Wake Forest's Kayla Duncan by a 6-4, 2-6, 6-1 score. The sophomore was honored three times this season as the CAA Player of the Week and was recently named the Most Outstanding Performer at the 2012 CAA Championship.
She heads into the 2012 NCAA Championships on a six-match winning streak. Tere-Apisah's lone loss of the season was in three sets to the No. 42-ranked singles player Anya Morgina of South Carolina. Tere-Apisah will be the first Georgia State women's tennis player in school history to compete at the NCAA Singles Championships. Nakic was selected for the 2010 NCAA Singles Championship as a member of Georgia State, but did not participate.
Tere-Apisah now prepares for the tournament under the direction of fifth-year Georgia State women's tennis head coach Miha Lisac. Check the women's tennis page on www.GeorgiaStateSports.com for updates on Tere-Apisah's play in the 2012 NCAA Singles Championship.