ATHENS, Ga. – The Georgia State women’s tennis team started the day and ended the day strongly. By the end of play on Friday, two doubles teams and one singles player were still alive at the 2013 USTA/ITA Southeast Regional Championship.
Freshman Marcia Tere-Apisah and Tarani Kamoe pulled off a huge upset for the Panthers, taking down the No. 2 doubles team in the country, Georgia’s Kate Fuller and Silvia Garcia. The freshman duo defeated the Bulldogs 8-6 and advanced to the round of 16.
Also moving into the round of 16 was senior Abigail Tere-Apisah and junior Masa Grgan. The No. 21 doubles team in the nation advanced easily, winning 8-0 over Mercer’s Lucie Payrat and Danielle Jones.
In singles, Abigail Tere-Apisah was the only Panther to win both of her matches on Friday. In her first round match, she defeated Florida State’s Kristina Schleich 6-1, 6-3. It took the No. 37 singles player in the country three sets to come back from 6-2, 4-1 down to win 2-6, 7-5, 6-2 over Miami’s Melissa Bolivar.
Abigail’s younger sister Marcia also won her first round match. Marcia defeated Central Florida’s Courtney Griffith 6-3, 6-4. In the round of 32, Marcia lost to No. 16 Florida’s Sofie Oyen 6-0, 6-1.
Kamoe advanced over Georgia Southern's Caitlin Kitchen 6-4, 6-1 in the B singles.
“We started strongly and finished strongly today and competed hard all day long,” interim head coach Robin Stephenson said. “Our day started off with our freshmen beating the No. 2 doubles team in the country, which is a huge victory for our program. Our day ended with Abby coming back from a 6-2, 4-1 deficit and finding a way to get the win.
“We are encouraged by a lot of things we saw today and will look to carry that momentum and come out strong again tomorrow.”
The round of 16 main doubles will kickoff play Saturday morning at 9 a.m., followed by the quarterfinals for main doubles. The round of 32 consolation singles will begin after all doubles play is complete, followed by the round of 16 for main singles and quarterfinals for B singles.
Doubles - Main Draw
M. Tere-Apisah/Kamoe (GST) def. Garcia/Fuller (UGA), 8-6
Morgan/Oyen (UF) def. Kozachenko/Roudami (GST), 8-4
A. Tere-Apisah/Grgan (GST) def. Payrat/Jones (MER), 8-0
Singles - Main Draw (Round of 64)
Belinda Woolcock (UF) def. Chaimaa Roudami (GaSt), 6-2, 6-2
Nina Nagode (FIU) def. Maryna Kozachenko (GaSt), 6-4, 6-2
Natasha Prokhnevska (GT) def. Linn Timmermann (GaSt), 6-7, 7-5, 7-6
Abigail Tere-Apisah (GaSt) def. Kristina Schleich (FSU), 6-1, 6-3
Kayla Rizzolo (USF) def. Masa Grgan (GaSt), 4-6, 6-4, 7-6
Marcia Tere-Apisahh (GaSt) def. Courtney Griffith (UCF), 6-3, 6-4
Singles - B Draw (Round of 16)
Tarani Kamoe (GaSt) def. Caitlin Kitchen (GSU), 6-4, 6-1
Singles - Main Draw (Round of 32)
Abigail Tere-Apisah (GaSt) def. Melissa Bolivar (UM), 2-6, 7-5, 6-2
Sofie Oyen (UF) def. Marcia Tere-Apisahh (GaSt), 6-0, 6-1