ATLANTA – Georgia State renewed Robin Stephenson’s contract as head women’s tennis coach for the 2014-15 season, the athletic department announced Tuesday. Stephenson had been serving as the interim head coach since August 2013 when Miha Lisac left to take the head coaching position at West Virginia.
Stephenson was named the league coach of the year in 2014 as she guided the Panthers to their first Sun Belt Conference title. The convincing sweep through the league tournament gave GSU an automatic berth into the NCAA Team Championship, the second bid in program history. Georgia State then upset No. 31 Tennessee in the first round of the NCAA Championship, marking the first time in school history in any sport that a women’s team had advanced in postseason play.
Also this year, Stephenson helped senior Abigail Tere-Apisah attain the highest singles ranking in school history as she reached No. 8 nationally earlier in the year. Tere-Apisah and partner Masa Grgan, a junior, have also brought recognition to the program this year, recording the highest doubles ranking in program history by reaching No. 16 during the spring. The freshman duo of Marcia Tere-Apisah and Tarani Kamoe earned a No. 89 national doubles ranking in early April, marking the first time the program has had two doubles teams ranked at the same time.
Abigail Tere-Apisah and Grgan won the first doubles match in school history at the NCAA Doubles Championship in mid-May, and Tere-Apisah made an historic run to the national semifinals, earning her second All-America honor along the way. The final ITA rankings for the 2013-14 season will be announced Wednesday, June 4, and Tere-Apisah likely will be in the top 10, marking the highest individual finish in school history.