ATLANTA—The No. 58-ranked Georgia State women’s tennis team looks to seize an opportunity to climb the national rankings with two matches vs. nationally-ranked opponents in Virginia this weekend.
The Panthers (6-8) take on No. 46-ranked William & Mary on Friday in Williamsburg, Va. for the seventh time in the last six seasons. Georgia State then travels the next day to Richmond, Va., to play No. 39-ranked VCU at 9 a.m. on Saturday.
Georgia State will be playing in its first match action since Mar. 19 against No. 14-ranked Clemson. This weekend marks the final two matches in preparation for the Sun Belt Conference Championship beginning on Apr. 18.
“We’ve had battles every year we have played both of these teams and I don’t expect these matches to be any different,” sixth-year head coach Miha Lisac said. “I’m really looking forward to this weekend’s exciting matches against two good programs. I think taking doubles points will be the key to both of these matches this weekend.”
Junior Abigail Tere-Apisah, ranked No. 37 in the latest ITA National Singles rankings, continues to lead Georgia State at the No. 1 singles position. She is 11-3 this season and sits on 50 career singles victories heading into the weekend. She gets a chance this weekend to knock off another nationally-ranked singles player in VCU sophomore Cindy Chala, ranked No. 103 on the list.
Tere-Aisah and sophomore Masa Grgan continue to be ranked in the ITA National Doubles rankings, garnering a No. 68 spot this week. The GSU duo faces a stiff test on Friday with a match against William & Mary’s No. 5-ranked tandem of juniors Maria Belaya and Jeltje Loomans.
William & Mary is 13-4 this season with three wins vs. nationally-ranked opponents this season. Its best win was a 4-3 victory against No. 19-ranked Ole Miss on Jan. 22. Belaya is 9-6 in the top singles slot while senior Anik Cepeda leads the team with a 14-3 record in the No. 3, 4 and 5 slots. VCU (16-4) enters Saturday’s match on a seven-match winning streak. The Rams are led by Chala at the No.1 spot who has a 12-4 record in singles play.
Visit the women’s tennis page on GeorgiaStateSports.com for a full recap including results of both matches. Live results will be available for GSU’s match against William & Mary courtesy of tribeathletics.com.