Rock Hill, S.C.--The No. 52-ranked Georgia State women's tennis team won all but one match en route to a 6-1 victory at Winthrop on Saturday afternoon.
Georgia State, led by sixth-year head coach Miha Lisac, evened its season record at 6-6 while Winthrop fell to 5-8. GSU swept the doubles point and won five of six singles matches to win the match. GSU took a 2-1 lead in the all-time series against Winthrop.
Junior Abigail Tere-Apisah, the Sun Belt Player of the Week, improved to 10-2 on the season after she defeated Winthrop's Yasmine Alkema. Tere-Apisah won 3-2 after Alkema was forced to retire due to an injury.
Sophomore Chaimaa Roudami followed Tere-Apisah's victory with a 6-1, 6-4 win at the No. 5 position. The win was her third singles victory in a row. Senior Whitney Byrd clinched the match with a 7-5, 6-2 win at the No. 3 slot vs. Alice Garcia. It was Byrd's third-consecutive singles victory.
GSU's top doubles pair of Tere-Apisah and Grgan, the No. 51-ranked duo in the ITA National Doubles rankings, won a 9-8 (10-3) match at the No. 1 position. Graduate student Jocelyn Ffriend and Kozachenko clinched the doubles point with an 8-5 win at the No. 2 slot. Roudami and Timmermann paired at No. 3 doubles to win an 8-3 match to kick-off doubles play.
The win kicked off a string of seven-consecutive road matches for the GSU women's tennis team to close the regular-season. The Panthers next take on two nationally-ranked teams in No. 70-ranked South Florida on Mar. 17 and No. 17-ranked Clemson on Mar. 19.
Visit the women's tennis page on GeorgiaStateSports.com for a preview of GSU's spring break schedule.
#52 Georgia State 6, Winthrop 1
1. #22 Abigail Tere-Apisah (GSU) def. Yasmine Alkema (WUW) 3-2
2. Masa Grgan (GSU) def. Andressa Garcia (WUW) 6-0, 7-5
3. Whitney Byrd (GSU) def. Alice Garcia (WUW) 7-5, 6-2
4. Linn Timmermann (GSU) def. Giovanna Portioli (WUW) 2-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-7)
5. Chaimaa Roudami (GSU) def. Caitlin Cridland (WUW) 6-1, 6-4
6. Ekin Gunaysu (WUW) def. Jocelyn Ffriend (GSU) 6-2, 6-4