Tampa, Fla.--The No. 46-ranked
Georgia State women's tennis team dropped a narrow 4-3 match at South Florida
on Sunday morning.
Panthers mounted a comeback after dropping the doubles point to tie the match
at 3-3. Senior Whitney Byrd rallied from dropping her first set to force a
third set to decide the match. Byrd dropped her match 6-1, 5-7, 6-3 to USF's Danielle
Mills at the No.3 position to decide the outcome.
State fell to 6-7 and moves on to face No. 14-ranked Clemson on Tuesday. The
Panthers and Tigers will play their match in Orlando, Fla., at 2 p.m.
Abigail Tere-Apisah extended her singles winning streak to eight matches with a
straight-set victory at the No. 1 position. Tere-Apisah won a 6-1, 1-6, 6-2
match against USF's Loreto Alonso-Martinez to improve to 11-2 this season. She
is ranked No. 26 in the latest ITA National Singles rankings.
Chaimaa Roudami put the Panthers on the scoreboard with a 6-4, 6-2 win in the
No. 5 position against USF's Paula Montoya. Roudami has now won
four-consecutive singles matches. Tere-Apisah's win followed Roudami's before
senior Maryna Kozachenko earned a 7-6, 6-3 win in the No. 6 slot. Kozachenko
defeated Alessandra Bonte.
match was a second-straight close contest between Georgia State and South
Florida. Last year the Panthers won a thrilling 4-3 match in Tampa thanks to
comeback singles victories from Byrd and Tere-Apisah. With GSU trailing in the
team score 3-2, Tere-Apisah fell behind 5-0 in her deciding third set and faced
three match points. She fought off all three of those match points, then three
more when the set score was 5-2, and won seven straight games to take the third
set and win the match. With the team score tied, Byrd fell behind a break early
in her third set but won 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 to clinch the GSU win.
State and Clemson will meet for the fourth time in series history on Tuesday.
The Panthers are looking for their first win in the all-time series with the
last matchup being in 2002. Clemson boasts three nationally-ranked singles
players in its singles lineup in sophomore Yana Koroleva (#19), freshman Liz
Jeukeng (#34) and sophomore Beatrice Gumulya (#45).
the women's tennis page on GeorgiaStateSports.com for a full recap of Tuesday's
Florida 4, #75 Georgia State 3
(GS) def. Rizzolo/Mills, 8-6
(USF) def. Kozachenko/Ffriend (GS), 8-4
(USF) def. Timmermann/Roudami (GS), 8-6
Tere-Apisah (GS) def. Loreto Alonso-Martinez (USF), 6-1, 1-6, 6-2
Vasenina (USF) def. Masa Grgan (GS), 6-1, 6-2
Mills (USF) def. Whitney Byrd (GS), 6-1, 5-7, 6-3
Fracassi (USF) def. Linn Timmermann (GS), 6-3, 6-2
Roudami (GS) def. Paula Montoya (USF), 6-4, 6-2
Kozachenko (GS) def. Alessandra Bonte (USF), 7-6, 6-3