ATLANTA--A three-set victory from senior Maryna
Kozachenko at the No. 6 singles match led the Georgia State women's tennis team
to a 4-2 win against Eastern Kentucky on Saturday.
Panthers battled to a 3-2 lead with Kozachenko's match remaining. The senior
from Kiev, Ukraine, climbed back into the match after falling 6-2 in the first
set with a 7-5 win in the second set. She broke serve against EKU's Marcela
Jimenez late in the third set to take a commanding 5-4 lead. She eventually won
the match on serve to complete a 2-6, 7-5, 6-4 victory.
student Jocelyn Ffriend and sophomore Chaimaa Roudami won singles matches to
set up Kozachenko's match-clinching victory. With GSU (4-5) trailing in the
team score 2-1, Roudami earned a 6-4, 6-3 win at the No. 5 singles position to
knot the score up. She defeated EKU's Milena Poffo. Ffriend played her fifth,
third-set match of the season and came back to win a 6-7, 6-3, 6-0, match.
Abigail Tere-Apisah, the No. 28-ranked player in the ITA National Singles
rankings, put Georgia State on the board with a 6-1, 6-0 victory at the No. 1
position. She defeated Eastern Kentucky's Amadine Faouzi.
match ended after singles play as GSU clinched the victory after earning the
fourth point vs. Eastern Kentucky (5-3).
State, led by sixth-year head coach Miha Lisac, hosts Kennesaw State on Friday and then hosts No. 56-ranked Tulane on
Sunday. Sunday's match will be GSU's annual VolleyFest event to support Women's
Cancer Care. Visit the women's tennis page on GeorgiaStateSports.com for a
preview of this weekend's slate of matches.