Athens, Ga.--The No. 72-ranked Georgia State women's tennis team dropped its final match at the ITA Kick-Off Weekend on Monday afternoon, a 7-0 decision at No. 6 Georgia.
The Panthers (2-1) advanced to the finals against the Bulldogs (2-0) after notching a 4-3 win over No. 40 Oklahoma State on Sunday. It was the first time in program history Georgia State advanced to the finals at the ITA Kick-Off Weekend.
Georgia State's No. 2 doubles pair of seniors Whitney Byrd and Maryna Kozachenko were tied 6-all when doubles play was halted. The GSU duo played Georgia's Mia King and Lauren Herring in the No. 2 slot. Senior Abigail Tere-Apisah, ranked No. 29 in the ITA National Singles rankings, dropped a narrow 3-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-8) match against No. 8-ranked Lauren Herring at No. 1 singles.
It is the second season in a row the Georgia State women's tennis team split its matches at the ITA Kick-Off Weekend. The team has now competed in three of the last four prestigious ITA Kick-Off Weekend events.
Georgia State eyes another nationally-ranked showdown on Saturday, Feb. 2 in Atlanta against No. 27-ranked Illinois. The Fighting Illini (2-4) are coming off back-to-back losses to No. 19 Ole Miss and No. 25 Vanderbilt at their ITA Kick-Off Weekend event in Oxford, Miss. GSU and Illinois will play the match at 10 a.m. on Saturday at The Standard Club in Johns Creek, Ga.
Visit the women's tennis page on GeorgiaStateSports.com for a preview of the match.
#6 Georgia 7, #72 Georgia State 0
1. #8 Lauren Herring (UGA) def. #29 Abigail Tere-Apisah (GSU) 3-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-4)
2. #18 Maho Kowase (UGA) def. Masa Grgan (GSU) 6-0, 6-0
3. #54 Kate Fuller (UGA) def. Whitney Byrd (GSU) 6-3, 6-3
4. Silvia Garcia (UGA) def. Linn Timmermann (GSU) 6-1, 6-0
5. Mia King (UGA) def. Jocelyn Ffriend (GSU) 6-2, 6-1
6. Lilly Kimbell (UGA) def. Maryna Kozachecnko (GSU) 6-3, 6-0
1. Kate Fuller/Silvia Garcia (UGA) def. #19 Abigail Tere-Apisah/Masa Grgan (GSU) 8-4
2. Mia King/Lauren Herring (UGA) vs. Whitney Byrd/Maryna Kozachecnko (GSU) 6-6, unfinished
3. #22 Lilly Kimbell/Maho Kowase (UGA) def. Jocelyn Ffriend/Linn Timmermann (GSU) 8-6