ATLANTA--The No. 52-ranked Georgia State women's tennis team begins the first of seven consecutive road matches to close the regular season with a 10 a.m. match on Saturday at Winthrop.
Georgia State (5-6) is looking to build momentum towards two important road matches during the Georgia State University spring break from Mar. 17-23. The Panthers take on two nationally-ranked teams in No. 70-ranked South Florida on Mar. 17 and No. 17-ranked Clemson on Mar. 19.
This Saturday's match is the third meeting between GSU and Winthrop all-time with each school owning a victory in the series.
"Winthrop is a very good team, they might not be in the national rankings right now but they tend to be in and out of them," sixth-year head coach Miha Lisac said. "They are a regular participant at the NCAA Tournament because they often win their conference championship. They are a tough team that fits into our schedule which features a lot of tough opponents."
Junior Abigail Tere-Apisah earned her second Sun Belt Player of the Week award this week. She, along with GSU men's tennis senior Victor Valente, helped Georgia State tennis sweep the Sun Belt weekly awards for the second time this season. Tere-Apisah went 2-0 in singles and doubles matches last week. She notched her ninth singles victory overall and her fifth against a nationally-ranked singles opponent this spring. She defeated Tulane's No. 102-ranked Klara Vyskocilova 6-3, 7-5 last Sunday and Kennesaw State's Virginie Stein 6-4, 7-6 (9-7) on Friday.
Several Panthers are looking to build on winning streaks in singles play this weekend. Tere-Apisah is currently riding a six-match winning streak dating back to a 6-0, 6-0 win on Feb. 16 against UCF's Genevieve Lorbergs. Senior Maryna Kozachenko has won three-consecutive singles matches at the No. 6 position. Fellow senior Whitney Byrd has won back-to-back matches, both in straight sets. Finally, sophomore Chaimaa Roudami has also won back-to-back matches in straight sets.
Winthrop is 5-7 this season and has faced six nationally-ranked opponents. The Eagles narrowly lost 4-3 to No. 48-ranked Penn State and No. 73 NC State this season. The team, led by 27th-year head coach Cid Carvalho, has nine student-athletes on the roster that represent seven different countries. Senior Yasmine Alkema, from Algiers, Algeria, leads the team at the No. 1 spot with a 6-5 singles record. Freshman Alice Garcia, from Brasilia, Brazil, has stepped in and delivered an 8-4 mark in singles play. Also sporting an 8-4 record while playing in the No. 3 and 4 slots is senior Giovanna Portioli from Curritaba,Brazil.
Check the Georgia State women's tennis page on GeorgiaStateSports.com for a full recap of the match along with a box score. Follow the women's tennis team on Twitter at "@GSUWTennis" for live results from the match.