Grgan, Panthers Upset No. 35 Columbia
ATLANTA – The Georgia State women’s tennis team defeated its highest ranked opponent in program history Friday, upsetting No. 35 Columbia Saturday afternoon 4-3.
The previous high No. 37 UCF in 2012. It was also the first ranked win over a team opponent this season.
At No. 2 singles, junior Masa Grgan picked up her first win over a ranked opponent this season. She defeated No. 57 Kanika Vaidya in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4. The last time Grgan defeated a ranked opponent was last spring against No. 95 Mia Vriens of Florida State. The win gave Grgan her second singles win this season.
At No. 1 singles, senior Abigail Tere-Apisah moved to 9-0 after a three-set battle with Bianca Sanon. Her win clinched the match for the Panthers.
Senior Maryna Kozachenko, at No. 5 singles, picked up the Panthers’ other singles win. She defeated Tiana Takenaga 6-4, 6-2.
Georgia State also won the doubles point, winning at the No. 2 and No. 3 spots. Marcia Tere-Apisah and Tarani Kamoe, at No. 2 doubles, defeated Vivan Cheng and Tina Jiang 8-2. At No. 3 doubles, Linn Timmermann and Chaimaa Roudami 8-7 (7-2). At No. 1 doubles, No. 33 Abigail Tere-Apisah and Grgan suffered their second loss of the season, losing to No. 32 Sanon and Vaidya 8-6. The pair was down 6-2 before making a comeback to 7-6. The top Panther pair is now 7-2 this season.
“I'm incredibly proud of this team today for the way we came out and competed on every single court," interim head coach Robin Stephenson said. "We have learned a lot in the past few weeks and we know what it takes to compete at this level week in and week out. This was a total team effort and we are on the right track. We matured as a group and will take a lot of positives from this match moving forward."
The Panthers will have a week off before hosting NC State on March 2 at 8 a.m. at the Atlanta Athletic Club. Georgia State is undefeated at home this season.