ATLANTA-Georgia State junior Abigail Tere-Apisah earned an at-large invitation to the prestigious USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships hosted at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center from Nov. 8-11.
Tere-Apisah becomes the first tennis player in Georgia State history to be invited to the elite tournament held in Flushing, N.Y. The National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships cap the fall season by featuring a 32-player singles draw and a 20-team doubles draw for both men and women. The event is the only one of its kind to feature the best players from all levels of collegiate tennis.
Play begins on Thursday, Nov. 8 with the men's and women's singles round of 32 on tap for the afternoon session. Tere-Apisah was one of four at-large selections for the elite tournament based on fall results and her No. 23 ranking in the ITA Women's Preseason Singles rankings.
Tere-Apisah, a native of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, has played elite opponents this fall. She began the fall season by competing with her teammates against top-notch competition at the Southern Shootout hosted by Georgia State. She took on three ranked singles opponents on the weekend, defeating two and dropping her lone match narrowly to the No. 19-ranked player in the nation. She then competed at the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships in Pacific Palisades, Calif. She earned a victory over No. 20 Aeriel Ellis from Texas in straight sets, but fell to the top seed of the tournament in the next round.
The Panthers, led by sixth-year head coach Miha Lisac, then competed in the ITA Southeast Regional Championships hosted by South Florida. In that tournament, Tere-Apisah advanced before falling in a grueling match to the eventual regional champion Lauren Herring (UGA).
In the past, the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships has served as a springboard to success for players at the US Open. In the past two US Opens alone, 1992 National Indoor singles champion Lisa Raymond (Florida) won the women's doubles title, 2006 National Indoor doubles champion John Isner (Georgia) reached the singles quarterfinals, 2007 National Indoor doubles champions Somdev Devvarman and Treat Conrad Huey (Virginia) reunited to win two rounds in doubles, and 2009 National Indoor singles champion Steve Johnson (USC) reached the third round.
Check the women's tennis page on GeorgiaStateSports.com for the release of the singles draw from the Indoor Championships in the days leading up to the event. All matches will take place at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, the site of the annual US Open Tennis Championships.