Urbana, Ill.—Georgia State junior Abigail Tere-Apisah will take on Zoe De Bruycker of North Carolina at 10 a.m. CT in the first round of the NCAA Singles Championship on Wednesday as she looks to repeat her Round of 16 run from last season. Tere-Apisah and sophomore Masa Grgan will face the No. 3-ranked doubles team in the nation on Thursday in the first round of the NCAA Doubles Championship.
All matches of the 2013 NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships will take place at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex and the Atkins Tennis Center in Urbana, Ill. Both draws were announced on Tuesday. Times for the doubles draw have yet to be announced.
Tere-Apisah is ranked No. 42 in the ITA National Singles rankings and will play the No. 49-ranked De Bruycker, the No. 2 singles player for UNC. Tere-Apisah and Grgan are ranked No. 34 in the ITA National Doubles rankings heading into their first matchup with the top Nebraska duo of seniors Mary Weatherholt and Patricia Veresova.
Live video and live scoring will be provided courtesy of NCAA.com and fightingillini.com for fans looking to follow both matches.
Tere-Apisah enters the 2013 NCAA Singles Championship following an All-American campaign last year. The junior from Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, earned All-America status after advancing to the Round of 16 at last season’s NCAA Singles Championship. She brings a 14-5 record into this year’s tournament, with a 7-7 record against nationally-ranked singles opponents.
De Bruycker is a senior with a 15-9 record in dual-match play this season. She has been ranked inside the Top 50 of the ITA National Singles rankings all season, reaching as high as No. 28 on Jan. 3. De Brucyker, a senior from Saratoga, Calif., went 6-10 vs. nationally-ranked singles opponents this season.
Grgan and Tere-Apisah are the first doubles team to earn a berth in the NCAA Doubles Championships in Georgia State school history. They enter the tournament with a 14-3 record including a 3-2 mark vs. nationally-ranked doubles teams. The duo owns top wins over the current No. 13-ranked and No. 61-ranked doubles teams this year.
The top-ranked Nebraska duo of Weatherholt and Veresova is 20-2 this season with a 6-1 record against nationally-ranked doubles opponents. Weatherholt is the reigning back-to-back Big Ten Women’s Tennis Athlete of the Year in 2013 and 2013.
For more information, click here to be taken to the Georgia State women’s tennis NCAA Singles & Doubles Championships guide. Visit the women’s tennis page on GeorgiaStateSports.com for a full recap following both matches.