What you need to know:
*Georgia State will face Georgia in the first round of the NCAA Women’s Tennis Championship on Friday, May 11 at 3:00 p.m..
*It will be the first time the Panthers have faced the Bulldogs in postseason play.
*Live stats and video streaming will be available for all six courts.
ATLANTA- The Georgia State women’s tennis team will take on No. 7 national seed Georgia Friday afternoon in the opening round of the 2018 NCAA Women’s Tennis Championship. The Panthers and the Bulldogs will face off in Athens at 3:00 p.m. at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.
It will be the third time in the past five years that GSU has played in the NCAA Tournament. The match also be the first time that the Panthers have ever faced the Bulldogs in postseason play. Live stats and live video of all six courts will be available on georgiadogs.com. The winner will play the winner of the Wake Forest, Arizona State match in the round of 32.
Georgia State enters tournament play with a 12-14 record on the season. The Panthers earned an automatic berth into the tournament field by winning three matches in three days to capture the Sun Belt title in late April.
Georgia was 15-6 this spring, earning an at-large bid to the tournament. The Bulldogs are ranked No. 7 by the ITA, and have a 9-1 record at home this season. This will be Georgia’s 32nd straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The Bulldogs won the championship in 1994 and again in 2000.
State is led by senior Kristin Rehse, who was named Sun Belt Player of the Year, and tabbed as first-team all-conference. The German native is 18-7 in dual matches this season and holds a 25-12 record overall. Rehse defeated Georgia's Morgan Coppoc this past October at the ITA Regionals in Athens and was 2-1 against SEC opponents in the spring. Kristin put together two separate six-match winning streaks over the course of the year and has won seven of her last eight singles contests.
Earning second-team all-conference honors was sophomore Damira Muminović. Muminović leads all Panthers with 27 wins on the season, and holds a 16-7 dual record. The Bosnian has been a winner in nine of her last ten matches, and strung together six straight victories from March 15 to April 6. Muminović leads GSU with three clinching wins in 4-3 matches on the season.
Daniela Ramirez enters the tournament on a seven-match winning streak, having not lost since March 17. The junior is 23-11 on the season and 15-6 in dual matches. Ramirez has a 7-0 singles record when playing in the number two flight and clinched State’s Sun Belt semifinal win over ULM.
Fellow junior, Lara Vovk will bring a four-match winning streak into the Athens Regional. Vovk defeated an opponent from Florida A&M during the ITA Regional in Athens, and had regular season wins over opponents from Winthrop and Kansas State who are also in the NCAA Tournament field. The junior accumulated 15 wins on the year.
The lineup is rounded out by freshman Elizabet Danailova who has a 16-15 record on the season. The Bulgarian is 8-6 as the number two singles player for GSU, with one of the losses coming by way of retirement. Danailvoa won six straight matches in eight days during Georgia State’s spring break trip, and defeated opponents from Georgia and Kansas State during the season. Danailova is 4-3 this season in Athens, and 2-1 against the Bulldogs.
Georgia State will be looking for their second NCAA Tournament win in program history. GSU defeated Tennessee 4-3 in the opening round of the Chapel Hill Regional in 2014 for the team’s first NCAA victory. In their last trip to the NCAA’s the Panthers fell 4-3 to Syracuse.
Tickets to all matches will be on sale at the Dan Magill Complex box office located at the main gate, one hour prior to the first match each day. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students, children, and seniors.
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