Tuscaloosa, Ala.--Georgia State junior Maryna Kozachenko won the Gold Draw singles title to pace the GSU women's tennis team at the 2012 Roberta Alison Fall Classic this weekend hosted by the University of Alabama.
Kozachenko won two matches against competition from UAB, including a 6-2, 6-1 win against Elaine Simon in the finals, to claim the singles title. Sophomore Masa Grgan earned the consolation title in the singles Purple Draw with a 6-2, 6-2 victory against Kentucky's Caitlin McGraw in the finals.
Grgan teamed with Jocelyn Ffriend in the doubles Silver Draw to earn a spot in the consolation final. The two won a second round match vs. UAB 8-5 before falling narrowly in the final. Freshman Linn Timmermann won two singles matches against competition from Mississippi State and Clemson on the weekend.
Sophomore Chaimaa Roudami battled to a 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 win vs. Khristina Blajkevitch of Kentucky and then a 6-2, 7-6 (5) win against MTSU's Flavia Nagayama. Ffriend reached the semifinals of the singles Pink Draw with straight-set victories against Alli Robbins of Ole Miss and Maggie Leavell of Vanderbilt.
A total of 10 ranked teams competed in this year's ITA-sanctioned tournament. Georgia State, ranked No. 69 in the final rankings of the 2011-12 season, was joined by Alabama (No. 11), Auburn (73), Clemson (25), Florida State (40), Georgia Tech (20), Michigan (14), Northwestern (12), Ole Miss (18) and Vanderbilt (28). Other participants included Kentucky, Middle Tennessee State, Mississippi State, Samford and UAB.
GSU, led by sixth-year head coach Miha Lisac, begins preparations for the ITA Southeast Regional Championships hosted by South Florida. The tournament begins on Friday, Oct. 19 and continues all weekend. Visit the women's tennis page on GeorgiaStateSports.com for a preview of the tournament.