Lafayette, La.—The Georgia State women’s tennis team secured a spot in the Sun Belt Conference Championship final with a convincing 4-0 victory against sixth-seeded Middle Tennessee State on Saturday.
Georgia State will play No. 1 seed North Texas on Sunday. It is the second-straight season the Panthers (8-10) have advanced to the finals of their conference tournament. Live video and live stats will be available for tomorrow’s championship match courtesy of ragincajuns.com.
The Panthers took the doubles point and earned singles victories on the No. 1, 4 and 6 courts. Senior Maryna Kozachenko clinched the victory with a 6-0, 6-2 win at the No. 6 spot. It was her second straight singles victory of the tournament.
Freshman Linn Timmermann was first off the court with an efficient 6-1, 6-0 win in the No. 4 singles slot. She defeated MTSU’s Nayara Moraes for her first win of the tournament. Junior Abigail Tere-Apisah, ranked No. 41 in the ITA National Singles rankings, took a 6-2, 6-1 win at the No. 1 slot.
“I wanted to come out with a lot of energy and build momentum for the team early after yesterday’s slow start,” Tere-Apisah said, “I’m glad that we got the job done and everyone played well today. Tomorrow we must all stay focused for the championship and come out with the same energy we had today.”
Georgia State took the doubles point following two dominating performances at the No. 1 and 3 positions. The No. 3 tandem of graduate student Jocelyn Ffriend and freshman Linn Timmermann won an 8-1 match and were first off the court. Ffriend and Timmermann defeated MTSU’s Carla Nava and Alexandra Torres.
GSU’s top pair of junior Abigail Tere-Apisah and sophomore Masa Grgan, ranked No. 35 in the ITA National Doubles rankings, clinched the doubles point. The duo won an 8-5 contest in the No. 1 position against MTSU’s Irina Constantinide and Nayara Moraes. The key moment in the match came when the score was 5-4 in favor of MTSU and the game score was tied 30-all. Grgan and Tere-Apisah won 10 straight points to tie the match, earn a break and hold on serve. That run setup a match-clinching break to secure the doubles point.
Visit the women’s tennis page on GeorgiaStateSports.com for links to live stats and live video for tomorrow’s match.