ATLANTA—The No. 58-ranked Georgia State women’s tennis team dropped two tough matches against top-ranked teams in Virginia over the weekend.

The Panthers (6-10) fell first to No. 46-ranked William & Mary by a narrow 4-3 score on Friday. GSU had a quick turnaround on Saturday and fell 5-1 to No. 39-ranked VCU in Richmond, Va.

Highlighting the weekend was junior Abigail Tere-Apisah and sophomore Masa Grgan’s doubles victory against the No. 5-ranked duo of juniors Maria Belaya and Jeltje Loomans. Tere-Apisah and Grgan, ranked No. 68 in the latest ITA National Doubles rankings, took down the No. 5-ranked pair from William & Mary by an 8-5 margin.

The win was the GSU tandem’s third vs. a nationally-ranked duo this season. It also set a school record for the highest ranked doubles win in GSU women’s tennis history. The win is important towards the end of the season as the top 48-ranked teams in the ITA National Doubles rankings are given bids to the NCAA Doubles Championship.

Georgia State now begins preparations for its first Sun Belt Conference Championship beginning on Thursday, April 18. The tournament takes place in Lafayette, La. Seeding for the tournament is based first on the ITA National Team rankings released the Monday prior to the tournament. GSU is currently the highest ranked team in the Sun Belt Conference at No. 58 in the rankings.

The Panthers also dropped a 5-1 match vs. No. 39-ranked VCU on Sunday. The Panthers won the doubles point with victories from Tere-Apisah and Grgan at the No. 1 position and sophomore Chaimaa Roudami and freshman Linn Timmermann at the No. 3 position.

Follow Georgia State’s run in the Sun Belt Conference Championship next week by visiting the women’s tennis page on Georgia