Tere-Apisah’s comeback bid falters, falls in NCAA Singles First Round
Urbana, Ill.—Georgia State junior Abigail Tere-Apisah rallied from losing the first set to lead the second by a 5-4 margin, but a weather delay broke her momentum and she ultimately fell by a 6-4, 7-5 margin in the first round of the 2013 NCAA Singles Championship on Wednesday.
Tere-Apisah, ranked No. 42 in the ITA National Singles rankings, led the No. 49-ranked UNC senior Zoe De Bruycker by a 5-4 margin in the second set when a weather delay forced play indoors. The match was delayed 30 minutes as rain swept through Urbana, Ill., and the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex as both players moved to the indoor courts to resume the match. Following play being resumed, Tere-Apisah dropped three straight games, including one on serve at 5-all, to fall in the match.
Tere-Apisah finishes her season with a 14-6 singles record in dual-match play. She finished the year with a 7-8 record vs. nationally-ranked singles opponents. She now focuses on the first round of the NCAA Doubles Championship which begins tomorrow. She pairs with sophomore Masa Grgan to form the No. 34-ranked duo in the nation. The two take on the No. 3-ranked tandem in the country in Nebraska’s Patricia Veresova and Mary Weatherholt on Thursday at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex.
Tere-Apisah struggled to hold serve in the first set and dropped three games on her serve. She broke De Bruycker’s serve twice to remain in the set, but dropped it 6-4 when De Bruycker held.
Visit the women’s tennis page on GeorgiaStateSports.com for a full recap of Thursday’s first round doubles match. All matches at the NCAA Doubles Championship can be watched live online.