A large contributing factor in the successes of the Georgia State women’s team this season is due to senior Abigail Tere-Apisah. Currently ranked No. 20, Tere-Apisah has been as high as No. 8 in the nation, a new program record. She also teamed with Masa Grgan to be ranked as high as No. 15 in doubles, also a program record.
Not to be outdone, freshmen Marcia Tere-Apisah and Tarani Kamoe earned a No. 89 doubles ranking in the April 8 ITA Doubles Rankings. This marks the first time in Georgia State women’s tennis history that the program has had two doubles teams ranked at the same time.
It took a total team effort on Feb. 22 to earn the biggest upset in program history. The unranked Panthers knocked off No. 35 Columbia 4-3 at the Atlanta Athletic Club. In the upset, junior Masa Grgan upset No. 57 Kanika Vaidya with her 6-4, 6-4 win and Abigail Tere-Apisah sealed the upset with her 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 win over Bianca Sanon.
Breaking these records was no easy matter. The Panthers had to contend with an extremely difficult schedule, one that saw them face six ranked teams in the Top 50. Of the Panthers’ eight losses this season, all of them came to a ranked team or a team that would be ranked at one point in the season.
“This team has worked hard and has bought into what we are doing and what we want from them,” interim head coach Robin Stephenson said. “The rankings and the wins are validations that we are doing things the right way and moving forward together as a program.
“There have been several individual accomplishments this season, but all of those are really team successes because they've all stepped up, pushed each other and contributed on a daily basis. I keep telling this group that the best is still ahead for us and we are excited to take the courts again in a few days at the conference tournament.”
The Panthers will head into their second Sun Belt Conference Championships as the No. 1 seed, looking for a team berth to the NCAA Championships.