ATLANTA – For the second year in a row, senior Abigail Tere-Apisah has been invited to the 2013 Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Championship. In addition to her singles invitation, Tere-Apisah was invited along with junior Masa Grgan to compete in the doubles tournament in Palisades, Calif.
Tere-Apisah’s entrance into the qualifying singles means she will have to play qualifying matches to earn the chance to take on the top-23 seeds in the main draw. Last season, Tere-Apisah was in the main draw after earning All-America honors and advancing to the Round of 16 at the 2012 NCAA Women’s Singles Championship in Athens, Ga.
Entering the 2013 season, Tere-Apisah is ranked No. 37 in the country in the ITA Women’s Preseason Single Rankings. Her previous high was No. 23 in 2012.
In the ITA Women’s Preseason Doubles Ranking, Tere-Apisah and Grgan are tied for No. 21. They were ranked No. 34 when they entered the 2012 NCAA Doubles Championship. The duo was selected to the qualifying doubles, which means they will also need to play qualifying matches to make their way into the main draw.
“I am very proud of both Abby and Masa for being recognized in the preseason rankings and with their selection into the All-American Championships,” interim head coach Robin Stephenson said. “They have worked extremely hard and had a lot of success last year as a doubles team. They are incredible representatives for Georgia State University and to have them competing on the national stage is not only great for them, but for our entire program and university. I am looking forward to watching them lead our team this season.”
The Women's All-American Championships will run from Oct. 4-6, at the Riviera Tennis Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif. Twenty-three participants earned entry in the main draw while 52 players were selected to play in qualifying singles matches outside of the top 23 selected to the main draw. Prior to the qualifying matches are pre-qualifying matches, which fields 62 players outside of the 23 invited to the main draw and the 52 players entered into qualifying matches.
Before Tere-Apisah and Grgan will travel to California, Georgia State will host the Atlanta Classic, Sept. 27-29, at the Sharon Lester Tennis Center at Piedmont Park. Georgia Tech, LSU and Columbia are all schedule to compete in the three-day tournament.