ATLANTA (May 1, 2013)—Georgia State women’s tennis junior Abigail Tere-Apisah earned a second-straight automatic qualifier to the NCAA Singles Championship with the announcement of the 64-person field on Wednesday. Tere-Apisah and sophomore Masa Grgan also earned the Sun Belt Conference’s automatic qualifier for the 2013 NCAA Doubles Championship, the first GSU doubles team to earn a NCAA berth in school history.
Tere-Apisah, who earned All-America status last season by advancing to the round of 16 at the 2012 NCAA Singles Championship, is ranked No. 41 in the latest ITA National Singles rankings. She went 14-5 this spring with four victories against nationally-ranked singles opponents. Tere-Apisah adds the prestigious honor to a growing list of accomplishments this season. She participated in the 2012 Riviera/ITA All-American tournament and the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate this past fall, both firsts in school history.
Grgan and Tere-Apisah amassed a 14-3 record this spring and defeated three nationally-ranked doubles teams. The highlight victory of the season came on Apr. 5 when the two knocked off the No. 5-ranked tandem of Maria Belaya and Jeltje Loomans of William & Mary. The win was the highest nationally-ranked doubles victory in school history. Grgan and Tere-Apisah set another school record by earning the No. 19 spot in the Jan. 3 ITA National Doubles rankings after the duo advanced to the finals at the ITA Southeast Regional Championship in the fall.
"We are excited for Abigail to represent Georgia State in singles, and her and Masa to represent us in doubles,” sixth-year head coach Miha Lisac said. “It is well deserved and I am looking forward to their performance in the event. Abigail has had another very good season in singles and has clicked with Masa in doubles from day one. I am happy their stellar season will be capped off with their participation at NCAA’s.”
This is the fist time in school history the Georgia State women’s tennis team sends a singles player and doubles team to the NCAA Championships in the same season. In 2011, Tere-Apisah and senior Maryna Kozachenko were named alternates to the NCAA Doubles Championships after earning as high as a No. 44 ranking. Tere-Apisah won two matches last season against top-ranked opponents in the NCAA Singles Championship to earn All-America status.
It is the first year the Georgia State women’s and men’s tennis programs will send both a singles player and a doubles team to the NCAA Championships. Senior Victor Valente earned a bid to the singles tournament after a record-setting senior season. Valente and classmate Lucas Santa Ana became the first doubles team in GSU men’s tennis school history to earn a bid to the NCAA Doubles Championship on Wednesday.
The singles tournament begins on May 22 in Urbana, Ill., at the Khan Tennis Complex. The doubles tournament kicks-off the day after at the same complex. Visit the women’s tennis page on GeorgiaStateSports.com for a preview of the event and full coverage during the singles and doubles events.