Panther Recruiting Class Among Mid-Major Top 10
ATLANTA -- The Tennis Recruiting Network recently announced its mid-major rankings for the top recruiting classes in the country and Georgia State's women's tennis program was featured prominently as the No. 10 class nationally.
The Panthers were the only Sun Belt team to be ranked in the top 25 among mid-major recruiting classes.
In December 2013, head coach Robin Stephenson signed three players for the 2014-15 season, including incoming freshmen Veronika Golanova from the Czech Republic and Kristin Rehse from Germany. Together, they put Georgia State into the recruiting network's top 10.
"It is great to be recognized nationally for our recruiting efforts," Stephenson said. "We are thrilled with our additions for next season and we are sure that they will play an integral role in pushing our program forward."
Golanova won the national championship for 14-16 year olds in 2008, and placed third in the same Czech Republic Championship for 16-18 year olds in 2011. She has reached as high as No. 25 in her country's national rankings.
Rehse has defeated five nationally ranked opponents in the German school system, including Nos. 83, 95, 98, 100 and 107, during her high school years. In 2011, she added a pair of first-place finishes and in 2013, earned three women’s titles.
Georgia State also signed an incoming junior college player, Niriantsa Rosolomalala, who will have two years of eligibility remaining. Orginally from Antananarivo, Madagascar, Rosolomalala just completed her sophomore season at Georgia Perimeter College.
"Along with our two incoming freshman, we have Niriantsa who has a lot of international experience and has proven to be one of the best junior college players in the country over the past two years," Robinson said. "We feel great about the core group of returnees and excited about the future of this team."
The Panthers lose the program’s most decorated player in Tere-Apisah along with fellow senior Maryna Kozachenko, but return a solid core in 2015 with Grgan, junior Chaimaa Roudami, sophomore Linn Timmermann, and freshmen Marcia Tere-Apisah and Tarani Kamoe, who combined to earn a spot in the doubles national rankings midway through the 2014 season.
Georgia State finished No. 55 in the final ITA national ranking and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Championships with a win over Tennessee. This marked a fourth-consecutive season that GSU was in the ITA top 75 national rankings.