ATLANTA--The Georgia State women's tennis team wrapped up a successful fall season and now begins preparations for the spring dual-match season beginning on Jan. 19.
Several student-athletes had standout performances in the fall, including freshman Linn Timmermann's 11 singles victories, sophomore Masa Grgan's and junior Abigail Tere-Apisah's 7-1 doubles record and freshman Chaimaa Roudami earning a 9-4 singles record. All will take the momentum of their strong fall slates into GSU's dual-match opener against No. 65-ranked Syracuse in January.
Highlighting the fall was Tere-Apisah who won matches at three nationally-recognized tournaments and battled numerous nationally-ranked opponents. She first earned two victories against No. 29 Ecaterina Vasenina (USF) and No. 94 Elizabeth Kilborn (Ga. Tech) at the Southern Shootout, hosted by Georgia State. The Southern Shootout was her first tournament before competing at the Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championships in Pacific Palisades, Calif. on Oct. 4. Tere-Apisah fell to No. 71-ranked Caroline Price (UNC) in the first round before defeating No. 20-ranked Aeriel Ellis (Texas) in the consolation round.
From there, Tere-Apisah competed first in the ITA Southeast Regional Championships before travelling to New York City for the USTA/ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships. To earn her spot in the prestigious tournament, Tere-Apisah advanced to the singles semifinals at the ITA Regionals in Tampa, Fla. Tere-Apisah won her first-round match before falling in the Round of 16 at the prestigious indoor tournament held at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y.
The Panthers began their fall season at their own tournament, the Atlanta Classic, on Sept. 15. Freshman Natallia Vavulina and Roudami paced the Panthers at the tournament by each notching perfect 3-0 records in singles and doubles play. Vavulina breezed to three singles victories and paired with junior Maryna Kozachenko to win the Panther Flight, the top doubles flight, at the tournament. Roudami took all three of her singles victories in straight sets and joined Timmermann to win three doubles matches and capture the Blue Flight title.
Tere-Apisah and Grgan advanced to the finals at the ITA Regionals after defeating opponents from Florida State, Georgia, Miami and UCF. At the same tournament Timmermann dropped a narrow 7-5, 7-5 match to the top seed of the tournament, Maho Kowase (Georgia), in the first round of the main draw before roaring back in the consolation draw. She won four straight matches to reach the finals of the consolation draw before she fell to Olivia Janowicz (Florida).
GSU competed in one other fall tournament, the Roberta Alison Fall Classic in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on Oct. 7. Kozachenko led the team at the event by capturing the Gold Draw singles title. Grgan won the consolation title of the Purple Draw with a 6-2, 6-2 victory against Kentucky's Caitlin McGraw in the finals.
Visit the women's tennis page on GeorgiaStateSports.com for updates throughout the offseason leading up to the team's spring opener in January.