ATLANTA--The Georgia State
women's tennis team capped a successful weekend against a high-profile field
that included three nationally-ranked teams and four nationally-ranked singles
players at the Southern Shootout.
Abigail Tere-Apisah competed in a star-studded top singles flight at the
Southern Shootout, defeating two nationally-ranked opponents in the tournament.
Tere-Apisah, the No. 23-ranked player in the ITA Preseason Singles rankings,
won a 6-3, 6-1 match vs. USF's No. 29-ranked Ecaterina Vasenina on Saturday.
She also notched a 6-3, 7-5 match vs. Georgia Tech's No. 94-ranked Elizabeth
Panthers dropped just two doubles matches on the weekend. The duo of sophomore
Chaimaa Roudami and freshman Linn Timmernann improved their record to 5-0
together with two wins over the weekend. Tere-Apisah partnered with sophomore
Masa Grgan to earn a victory over the No. 24-ranked doubles team of Vasenina
and Loreto Alonso of USF, 8-3, on Friday. The two also rallied from down 7-2 to
win a 9-7 match against Georgia Tech's Kilborn and Kendal Woodard.
and classmate Natallia Vavulina continued the hot starts to their careers at
GSU in singles play. Timmermann went 3-0 at the Southern Shootout, knocking off
competition from NC State and USF in straight sets. Vavulina went 2-1 in the
Piedmont Flight this weekend and capped it with a hard-fought 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 win
vs. Georgia Tech's Jasmine Minor on Sunday. Vavulina paired with junior Maryna
Kozachenko to win two matches in doubles play on the weekend.
also continued her hot start in singles play by earning two victories on the
weekend. Sophomores Phoebe Chiem and Megan Nelms split two doubles matches and
improved their record to 4-1 in doubles play on the season. Seniors Whitney Byrd and Jocelyn Ffriend
paired to earn two doubles victories.
recently earned an invite into the main draw at the ITA Women's All-American
Championship in Pacific Palisades, Calif., beginning on Sept. 29. She begins
preparations to compete in the tournament, which invites the nation's best to
crown an individual singles and doubles champion. The Panthers, led by sixth-year head coach Miha Lisac, look forward to
their next fall tournament on Oct. 5 at the Roberta Allison Fall Classic hosted
by the University of Alabama.
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the All-American Championships beginning in early October.