ATLANTA – Georgia State swept the men’s and women’s tennis Sun Belt Player of the week awards with freshman Jannis Koeke garnering the top men’s honor and senior Abigail Tere-Apisah taking home the women’s honor for the second time this season.
Koeke earned the award after going 3-0 in singles this past weekend against members of ranked teams. His first win came at No. 4 singles against Guillermo Nicol of No. 61 Wichita State, 6-1, 6-3. He then defeated Sebastian Yllera of No. 67 ETSU at No. 3 singles, 6-0, 6-4. He also combined with Sofiane Chevallier at No. 3 doubles in that same match and won 6-5 (9-7) to help give the Panthers the doubles point and help them upset ETSU 4-3. Koeke then finished his weekend at No. 2 singles, defeating Sebastian Sachs of No. 29 Oklahoma State 6-5, 6-3. Koeke is 5-3 on the season.
Tere-Apisah earned her second Sun Belt award in two weeks after moving to 5-0 on the season and picking up two wins over ranked opponents. No. 8 Tere-Apisah, a senior from Papua New Guinea, defeated No. 110 Mara Schmidt of No. 30 Purdue 7-5, 4-6, 14-12. Tere-Apisah then defeated the next day No. 47 Samantha Vickers of No. 28 Tulsa 6-3, 6-7, 1-0. Tere-Apisah also went 1-1 in doubles with Masa Grgan over the weekend, picking up a 7-5 win over Tulsa’s No. 1 doubles team.
Both teams are back in action this weekend. The women are scheduled to travel to Lubbock, Texas, to face Arizona on Feb. 15 and No. 19 Texas Tech on Feb. 16.
Due to weather, the men’s team has been forced to cancel its match with UNC-Greensboro. The men will just face Tennessee Tech Sunday, Feb. 16, at 11 a.m. at the Peachtree City Tennis Center.