NEW ORLEANS - The top-seed Georgia State women's tennis team defeated No. 8-seed UL Lafayette 4-0 in the Sun Belt Conference Championship quarterfinals at City Park Tennis Center. The Panthers won the doubles points before winning at the Nos. 4, 5 and 6 singles.
The Panthers started off the championship by winning at No. 1 and No. 3 doubles. The No. 20-nationally ranked pair of Abigail Tere-Apisah and Masa Grgan defeated UL Lafayette's top pair of Nelo Phiri and Nicole Breaux 8-2. At No. 3 doubles, Linn Timmermann and Chaimaa Roudami defeated Julie Cremers and Alexandra Way 8-2. Marcia Tere-Apisah and Tarani Kamoe, at No. 2 doubles, were leading 6-4 when the match was called.
In singles, freshman Marcia Tere-Apisah clinched the match for the Panthers with her straight-set win at No. 4 singles. She defeated Cremers 6-3, 6-1. Roudami was the first Panther to finish her match, defeating Alexandra Way 6-2, 6-1 at No. 6 singles. Senior Maryna Kozachenko wasn't far behind with her 6-1, 6-1 win over Juliette Clement at No. 5 singles.
Abigail Tere-Apisah, Grgan and Timmermann had all won the first set and were tied or leading in the second when the matches were called.
Georgia State will return to the courts to face No. 4-seeded Troy, who defeated Texas State 4-3 earlier Friday. Georgia State faced Troy in its first match of the season and won 4-3. The Panthers and Trojans will be set for a rematch Saturday morning at 11 a.m. EST.
Live scoring can be found at the Sun Belt's Tournament Central.