ATLANTA--Stellar performances from its freshmen and sophomores led the Georgia State women's tennis team to a successful weekend at the Atlanta Classic, hosted by GSU at the Sharon Lester Tennis Center.
Leading the way were sophomore Chaimaa Roudami and freshman Natallia Vavulina who posted undefeated records in singles and doubles throughout the weekend tournament. Both went a perfect 3-0 in singles and doubles play to begin the fall season for Georgia State. Doubles play also paced GSU at the Atlanta Classic as all of the team's pairings earned perfect 3-0 records in their flights.
Roudami took all three of her singles victories in straight sets, beginning the tournament with a 6-1, 6-3 win vs. North Florida's Melanie Aguirre. The Casablanca, Morocco, native also dispatched Emory's Emma Taylor 6-1, 6-1 and UAB's Elaine Simon 6-4, 6-1 to round out her undefeated singles weekend. Vavulina breezed to three singles victories by first knocking off North Florida's Taylor Hollander 6-1, 6-1, on the first day and Emory's Marissa Levine 6-3, 6-1 and UAB's Caroline Faught 6-0, 6-1 on the following days.
Vavulina paired with junior Maryna Kozachenko to win the Panther Flight, the top doubles flight at the Atlanta Classic, for Georgia State by winning all three matches convincingly. Roudami paired with freshman Linn Timmermann to win three doubles matches and capture the Blue Flight title. Senior Whitney Byrd and sophomore Masa Grgan took home the Pounce Flight title while sophomore Megan Nelms and sophomore Phoebe Chiem won the White Flight.
Grgan, Kozachenko and Timmermann all earned 2-1 records in singles play on the weekend.
The Panthers, led by sixth-year head coach Miha Lisac, next host the Southern Shootout which will also take place at the Sharon Lester Tennis Center. Matches will begin on Friday, Sept. 21 and continue throughout the weekend. Georgia State welcomes in two teams that finished last year ranked in the ITA Women's Team National Rankings. Georgia Tech (#20) and South Florida (#43) join NC State to form a high-profile field for this weekend's tournament. Admission to all GSU women's tennis matches is free for all fans.
Visit the women's tennis page on www.GeorgiaStateSports.com for a preview of the tournament. Fans can follow daily updates from the tournament by following the official GSU women's tennis Twitter at "@GSUWTennis" or by visiting the live stats page for the Southern Shootout.