What you need to know:

*Georgia State will face UGA in the first round of the NCAA Women’s Tennis Championship on May 11th.

*Joining the Panthers and Bulldogs in Athens will be Wake Forest and Arizona State.

*Kristin Rehse and Elizabet Danailova earned singles victories over opponents from UGA earlier this season.

 

ATLANTA- The Georgia State women’s tennis team will head to Athens for the opening round of the NCAA Women’s Tennis Championship. The Panthers will face regional host and No. 7 overall seed Georgia in the round of 64. Rounding out the Athens Regional is the ACC’s Wake Forest and Arizona State of the PAC-12.

GSU will enter play with a 12-14 overall record. A three-day sweep of the Sun Belt Tournament earned the Panthers an automatic bid into the field. The Bulldogs are 15-6 on the season and lost in their opening match of the SEC Tournament.

This trip to the NCAA Tournament will be the fourth school history for Georgia State. The Panthers lost 4-3 to Syracuse in the Gainesville Region to end the 2016 season. Georgia has made 32 NCAA appearances, winning the title in 1994 and 2000.

The matchup will be the first time the two schools have met in a dual match since the 2013 season, and the first time ever that the instate rivals have met in an NCAA Tournament match. However, State is familiar with Athens having visited Georgia in each of the past three years for fall tournaments.

Senior Kristin Rehse earned a singles victory over Morgan Coppoc of UGA during this past October’s ITA Regional in Athens. Freshman Elizabet Danailova picked up a pair of wins over Georgia players in the Bulldog Tennis Classic this January.

Georgia State is 1-0 in NCAA Tournament history against teams from the SEC. The Panthers defeated Tennessee in the Chapel Hill Regional 4-3 in 2014.

Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children and students, and can be purchased at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex one hour before the match each day.

For a full tournament preview and printable bracket visit https://www.ncaa.com/sports/tennis-women/d1

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