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Abigail Tere-Apisah
Player Profile:
Abigail Tere-Apisah 743101
Height: 5'6"
Year: Junior
Hometown: Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
High School: Albury HS

Career Summary (2011-14)
Perhaps the most decorated athlete in Georgia State history
Two-time All-American (2012 and 2014)
Three-time NCAA Singles Championship participant (2012-13-14)
Two-time NCAA Doubles Championship participant
Player of the Year in the Sun Belt Conference and Colonial Athletic Association
Four-time first-team all-conference in singles
Three-time first-team all-conference in doubles
Member of 2014 Sun Belt Conference Championship team

2013-14 Honors
ITA All-American Singles
NCAA Women’s Singles Championship Participant (Reached Semifinals)
NCAA Women’s Doubles Championship Participant (Reached Round of 16)
Set school single-season record with 32 wins
Final ITA Singles Ranking: No. 15
Final ITA Doubles Ranking: No. 23 (w/ Masa Grgan)
Sun Belt Player of the Year
All-Sun Belt First Team Singles and Doubles
Four-time Sun Belt Player of the Week
GSU Blue Carpet Award for Female Student-Athlete of the Year

2014 NCAA Singles Championship
Rd of 64: d. Eve Repic, Tennessee, 7-6 (4), 6-2
Rd of 32: d. Zsofi Susanyi, California, 7-6 (3), 6-1
Rd of 16: d. Kristie Ahn, Stanford, 6-3, 1-0, retired
Quarterfinals: d. Beatrice Capra, Duke, 4-6, 6-3, 6-1
Sesmifinals: l. Lynn Chi, California, 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (2)

2014 NCAA Doubles Championship (with Masa Grgan)
Rd of 32: d. Cristina Stancu/Stefania Hristov, Texas A&M, 6-4, 7-6 (4)
Rd of 16: l. Maya Janse/Erin Routliffe, Alabama, 6-3, 6-3

Fall 2013: Had an 11-4 singles record ... Went 6-3 versus ranked opponents ... Recorded wins over No. 67 Kendal Woodard (GT), No. 72 Cierra Gaytan-Leach (Missouri), No. 75 Olivia Janowicz (Florida) , No. 4 Zsofi Susanyi (California), No. 36 Ronit Yurovsky (Michigan) and No. 18 Pleun Burgmans (Auburn) ... Wins over Susanyi, Yurovsky and Burgmans came at National Indoor Intercollegiate, where Tere-Apisah advanced to the consolation final ... The win over No. 4 Susanyi was the highest in career to date ... Had 8-2 doubles record, 7-2 with Masa Grgan ... With Grgan, defeated the No. 26, No. 52 and No. 45 doubles teams ... Ranked No. 21 with Grgan in ITA preseason doubles rankings ... Fell in third round of 2013 Riviera/ITA All-American Championships to Olmos/Scandalis from USC ... Advanced to round of 16 at ITA Southeast Regionals.

2012-13 Honors
NCAA Women’s Singles Championship Participant (Lost in Round of 64)
NCAA Women’s Doubles Championship Particpant (Lost in Round of 32)
Final ITA Singles Ranking: No. 49
Final ITA Doubles Ranking: No. 39 (with Masa Grgan)
Riviera/ITA All-American Qualifying Draw Invitee (Doubles)
Georgia State Student-Athlete of the Year
All-Sun Belt First Team Singles and Doubles
Sun Belt Championship All-Tournament Team
USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships Participant
ITA Southeast Regional Runners-Up (Doubles w/ Masa Grgan)

2013 NCAA Singles Championship
Rd of 64: l. Zoe De Bruycker, North Carolina, 6-4, 7-5

2013 NCAA Doubles Championship (with Masa Grgan)
Rd of 32: l. Patricia Veresova/Mary Weatherholt, Nebraska, 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 (6)

Spring 2013: Went 14-6 in singles, finishing the season with a No. 42 singles ranking and No. 34 in doubles ... Named to All-Sun Belt First Team Singles and Doubles ... Competed in NCAA Singles Championship ... Paired with Masa Grgan in NCAA Doubles Championship, losing in a third set tiebreaker in first round match ... Won nine singles matches against ranked opponents ... Lost just four doubles matches with Grgan, three against ranked opponents, with a spring record of 14-4.

 

 

Fall 2012: Won matches at three elite singles tournaments: Riviera/ITA All-American Championships, ITA Southeast Regional Championships and USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships ... Went 8-5 in singles play and 7-1 in doubles play ... Won five matches vs. nationally-ranked singles opponents ... Teamed with Masa Grgan to defeat two nationally-ranked doubles opponents ... Defeated No. 29-ranked Ecaterina Vasenina (USF) and No. 94-ranked Elizabeth Kilborn (Ga. Tech) at the Southern Shootout ... Won a 7-5, 6-1 match vs. No. 20-ranked Aeriel Ellis (Texas) at All-American Championships ... Advanced to the singles semifinals at the ITA Regional Championships ... Notched four singles victories, including one against a ranked opponent at Regional Championships ... Also advanced to the final in doubles with teammate Masa Grgan ... Won a 6-2, 7-5 match vs. No. 28 Kata Szekely (Tennessee) at the NIIC.

2011-12 Honors
ITA All-American, Singles
NCAA Singles Championship Participant (Lost in Round of 64)
Final ITA Singles Ranking: No. 38
USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships Participant
Riviera/ITA All-American Main Draw Invitee
ITA Southeast Region Player to Watch
CAA Player of the Year
Most Outstanding Performer at CAA Championships
All-CAA First Team Singles
Three-Time CAA Player of the Week

2012 NCAA Singles Championship
Rd of 64: d. Katie Le, Santa Clara, 7-6 (4), 5-6, 6-0
Rd of 32: d. Kata Szekely, Tennessee, 6-3, 6-4
Rd of 16: l. Allie Will, Florida (No. 1 ranked), 6-1, 6-4

Spring 2012: Earned ITA All-America Singles status with a 6-3, 6-4 win vs. No. 57-ranked Kata Szekely in the second round of the 2012 NCAA Women’s Singles Championship ... Won a 7-6 (7-4), 5-7, 6-0 match vs. No. 60-ranked Katie Le (Santa Clara) in the first round of the 2012 NCAA Women’s Singles Championship ... Qualified for the 2012 NCAA Women’s Singles Championship as the CAA’s automatic qualifier ... Named the CAA Player of the Year ... Earned the Most Outstanding Performer at the CAA Championship for the second straight year ... Earned All-CAA First Team Singles honors ... Honored by the ITA as the Southeast Region Player to Watch ... Named CAA Player of the Week three times throughout the season (Feb. 15, March 7, April 10) ... Finished the season ranked No. 37 in the ITA Women’s National Singles Rankings ... Achieved her first national ranking of No. 58 on Feb. 16 ... Climbed as high as No. 34 in the rankings ... Finished the year 17-1 with four victories over ranked opponents ... Began the season with a 6-4, 2-6, 6-1 win vs. No. 68-ranked Kayla Duncan at Wake Forest ... Defeated No. 45-ranked Jillian O’Neil of Georgia Tech 7-6 (7-3), 3-6, 7-5 ... Won a 6-3, 6-4 match vs. No. 41-ranked Marianne Jodoin of Fresno State ... Came back from a 5-0 deficit in the third set to defeat No. 41-ranked Ecaterina Vasenina of USF 3-6, 6-3, 7-5.

Fall 2011: Posted a 7-1 record during the fall season in singles and a 2-2 mark with Maryna Kozachenko in doubles ... Went a perfect 3-0 at the Southern Shootout to open the fall ... Defeated competition from Jacksonville, South Alabama and Samford ... Notched another 3-0 record at the Atlanta Classic ... Began the ITA Regionals with a 6-1, 6-1, first-round victory over Georgia Southern’s Natalie Maffett ... Dropped a narrow contest to No. 2 seed and eventual singles champion Chelsey Gullickson from Georgia 7-6 (4), 1-6, 7-6 (4).

2010-11 Honors
CAA Rookie of the Year
Most Outstanding Performer at CAA Championships
First-team All-CAA in singles and doubles
CAA Player of the Week (March 15)

Spring 2011: Named Most Outstanding Performer at the CAA championships ... Named CAA Rookie of the Year along with All-CAA First Team in singles & doubles ... Finished her first season as a Panther with one of the best freshman seasons ever recording a 14-2 mark in singles, including a 9-1 record at No. 2 singles ... Started the season by winning seven-straight matches and won 11 of her first 12 matches ... Defeated No. 88 Elizabeth Epstein from Yale, 6-3, 6-3, to earn a ITA national ranking of No. 115 ... Named CAA Player of the Week on March 15 ... Finished the season 6-0 against conference opponents, including a perfect 3-0 in the CAA championships ... Played six matches at No. 1 singles posting a 5-1 mark ... Partnered with Maryna Kozachenko to record a 12-2 mark in doubles ... Finished the season winning seven-straight matches and a 7-1 record at No. 1 doubles ... Finished the season with a No. 42 ITA national ranking in doubles with Kozachenko.

Prep: A highly-touted junior player who was named best No. 1 player in NSW Australia ... Helped the Albury High School team to back-to-back runner-up finishes in all NSW Australia ... Participated in the 2009 Australian Open Junior Championships and reached the round of 16 before losing to No. 1 seed Marianne Jodoin, 6-4, 6-2 ... Earned a career-high ITF junior ranking of No. 124 on Sept. 14, 2009 ... During her junior career, earned 42 singles victories and 45 doubles wins.

Personal: Abigail Agivanagi Tere-Apisah (pronounced “tear-ee AH-pee-suh”) was born on July 13, 1992 in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea ... Daughter of Kwalam Apisah and Verenagi Tere ... Has two brothers Patrick and Lawrence ... Also has one sister Marcia, also on the Georgia State tennis team ...Comes from a tennis family, father and mother are coaches ... Major is health and physical education.

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