ATLANTA—Eyeing its first Sun Belt title, the Georgia State women’s tennis team begins play following a first-round bye on Thursday with a 10 a.m. CT match on Friday in Lafayette, La.

GSU (6-10) earned the No. 2 seed in the tournament based on the latest ITA National Team rankings released on Tuesday. The Panthers earned a first-round bye by virtue of earning the second seed. GSU will face the winner of Thursday’s match between seventh-seeded Louisiana-Monroe (11-3) and the 10th seed FAU (8-9).

The Panthers have not faced a Sun Belt Conference foe this season. The team will be competing in the conference championship for the first time since joining the conference prior to this season.

Leading GSU is its No. 1 singles player, junior Abigail Tere-Apisah, who owns an 11-5 record this season at the top spot. She has seven victories against nationally-ranked singles players this season. She is also the highest-ranked singles player in the Sun Belt coming in at No. 41 in the latest ITA National Singles rankings.

Tere-Apisah also forms the top-ranked doubles pair in the Sun Belt Conference with sophomore Masa Grgan. The duo is ranked No. 35 in the country and is coming off an upset of the No. 5-ranked doubles team in the nation from William & Mary. Grgan and Tere-Apisah are 12-3 this season in doubles play with three wins vs. nationally-ranked doubles teams. They have won seven matches in a row at the No. 1 doubles slot.

The Panthers are looking for their second conference title under sixth-year head coach Miha Lisac. GSU has advanced to the conference finals in three out of the last four seasons, winning a Colonial Athletic Association title in 2007.

Live stats will be available for all matches courtesy of To receive live updates, follow the Georgia State women’s tennis team on Twitter at “@GSUWTennis.” Visit the women’s tennis page following the match for a full recap and a box score.