ATLANTA--The Georgia State women's tennis team travels west for yet another nationally-ranked showdown against the No. 68-ranked Auburn Tigers on Saturday (1 p.m. EST).
Saturday's match marks the fourth nationally-ranked opponent for the Panthers (2-2) in as many matches this season. It is the fifth meeting all-time between the GSU and Auburn and the first since the 2009 spring season.
With both teams sporting nationally and regionally-recognized doubles teams, Saturday's match will be a closely-fought contest from the onset. Georgia State tops its doubles lineup with the No. 19-ranked duo of junior Abigail Tere-Apisah and sophomore Masa Grgan. The two Panthers are 2-2 this season with its two losses coming to nationally-ranked doubles pairings. The duo is also ranked No. 2 in the Southeast Regional rankings.
Leading the way for Auburn (3-1) are two nationally-ranked doubles pairings. Senior Plamena Kurteva and freshman Pleun Burgmans hold down the No. 1 spot and are ranked No. 24 in the ITA National Doubles rankings. Junior Jackie Kasler and sophomore Jen Pfeifler are Auburn's second nationally-ranked pair at No. 28 in the nation. Auburn's two pairings are also regionally ranked at No. 2 and No. 8 respectively in the Southern Region rankings.
Auburn sports three regionally-ranked singles players in Kasler (#10), Burgmans (#12) and Pfeifler (#14). Burgmans will likely take on GSU's No. 29-ranked Abigail Tere-Apisah in the No. 1 position on Saturday. The Tigers own a 4-0 victory over current No. 71-ranked DePaul from the ITA Kick-Off Weekend and are coming off back-to-back wins vs. Georgia Southern and Alabama A&M at home last weekend.
Georgia State, led by sixth-year head coach Miha Lisac, enters Saturday's match looking to bounce back from a narrow 4-3 defeat to No. 33-ranked Illinois. The Panthers trailed 2-0 before mounting a comeback to tie the match at 3-3. The match came down to the No. 6 singles match and GSU's Jocelyn Ffriend. Ffriend battled through a second-set deficit and fought off three match points to head to a third set. But the graduate student, who clinched GSU's 4-3 upset over No. 40 Oklahoma State the previous weekend, fell in the third set to give Illinois the win.
Live stats will be available from Saturday's match courtesy of auburntigers.com. Fans can also receive updates from the match by following the women's tennis team on Twitter at "@GSUWTennis". Visit the women's tennis page on GeorgiaStateSports.com following each match for a full recap and all results.