ATLANTA--The Georgia State women's tennis team heads to Tampa, Fla., to compete with the region's elite at the ITA Southeast Regional Championships hosted by the University of South Florida.
GSU's region, the Southeast, features six ranked teams from last year's season-ending ITA National Team rankings including back-to-back national champions Florida. The No. 69-ranked Panthers are joined by Florida (1), Georgia (6), Miami (9), Florida State (40) and South Florida (43). Play at the Southeast Regional Championships begins at 9 a.m. on Friday at the USF Varsity Tennis Complex.
Georgia State returns to action after posting solid results at the Roberta Alison Fall Classic last week. Junior Maryna Kozachenko won the Gold Draw singles title to pace the team. She took 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. Freshman Linn Timmermann won two singles matches against competition from Mississippi State and Clemson on the weekend.
The Southeast Regional Championships are also the first action for GSU junior Abigail Tere-Apisah since she competed at the 2012 Riviera/ITA All-American Championships in Pacific Palisades, Calif., two weeks ago. Tere-Apisah won her opening match of the consolation round 7-5, 6-1 against Aeriel Ellis of the University of Texas, but fell in the second round to end her run at the elite tournament. Tere-Apisah, the No. 23-ranked player in the ITA Women's Preseason Singles rankings, defeated the No. 20-ranked Ellis in straight sets.
The Georgia State women's tennis team, led by sixth-year head coach Miha Lisac, posted important victories last season at the ITA Southeast Regional Championships in Gainesville, Fla. Senior Whitney Byrd and Tere-Apisah and Kozachenko each notched first-round victories before each fell in the second round to SEC competition. Byrd and Kozachenko fell to foes from Florida while Grgan notched a straight-set (6-1, 6-3) victory in the first round of the singles consolation bracket over Samford's Naella Wawrinka. Grgan fell to eventual consolation bracket champion Aline Berkenbrock of North Florida 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 in the second round.
Visit the women's tennis page on GeorgiaStateSports.com for a full recap following the conclusion of the tournament. To receive daily updates, follow the women's tennis team on Twitter at "@GSUWTennis".