ATLANTA--The Intercollegiate Tennis Association named Georgia State women's tennis sophomore Abigail Tere-Apisah as the 2012 Southeast Region Player to Watch.

The ITA Player to Watch award singles out 12 players from their respective regions around the nation to earn the honor. The award recognizes a second-year player for their accomplishments so far in their career and for future potential. Tere-Apisah is now eligible to earn the National Player to Watch award which will be announced on May 22 in Athens, Ga.

The Southeast region is comprised of 24 schools and eight ranked teams including the No. 69-ranked Georgia State. The teams in the Southeast region include SEC members Alabama, Florida and Georgia, ACC members Florida State, Georgia Tech, Miami and nationally-ranked South Florida of the Big East.

Tere-Apisah, a sophomore, adds the award to a growing list of honors from this season and last. The Colonial Athletic Association honored Tere-Apisah as the CAA Player of the Year, the Most Outstanding Performer at the CAA Championship and as an All-CAA First Team Singles honoree this season. She also earned the CAA Rookie of the Year and the Most Outstanding Performer at the CAA Championship in 2011.

The Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, native posted a nearly flawless 17-1 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. 37 in the ITA Women's National Singles Rankings after she defeated four ranked opponents in 2012. She will become the first Georgia State women's tennis player to compete in the NCAA Singles Championship beginning on May 23.

For the full story on Tere-Apisah's journey from Papua New Guinea to the NCAA Championship, read the feature here.

Tere-Apisah has been preparing for the tournament with daily training sessions under the direction of fifth-year Georgia State women's tennis head coach . Check the women's tennis page on www.GeorgiaStateSports.com for updates on Tere-Apisah's play in the 2012 NCAA Singles Championship.Miha Lisac

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