What you need to know:
-Georgia State women’s tennis competed in their second fall event in Atlanta this weekend.
-Junior Damira Muminović advanced to the quarterfinals of singles main draw competition.
-GSU will travel to Auburn, Alabama this Thursday to wrap up fall play.
The Panthers participated in the ITA Regional Championship in Atlanta this weekend. Junior Damira Muminović impressed by advancing to the quarterfinals of singles main draw competition. “Damira is a fantastic example of someone who has bought in to the team’s vision since last season, kept her head down, worked hard and is now seeing some favorable results” said head coach Alex Leatu.
Seniors Lara Vovk and Daniela Ramirez, as well as freshmen Eva Chivu, Andreea Stanescu, and Arielle Nealy all had appearances in the singles main draw. After dropping the first match of main draw competition, Nealy was able to advance to the third round in the consolation draw, while Chivu advanced to the second round
In doubles play, Muminović and Chivu won a match in the consolation draw. Vovk and junior Anastasia Grosheva lost two close matches against teams from University of Florida and University of Georgia.
Coach Leatu was pleased with the performance of the team this weekend. “We are fortunate enough to be in one of the toughest regions in our sport. With that said, our team did a great job of rising to the occasion and earned some extremely valuable experience” she said. “This is a special team with very coachable freshmen and leaders who are really beginning to grasp the big picture”.
The Panthers will wrap up fall play at the Auburn Invitational which will start later this week. The team will travel to Alabama on Thursday to get ready for the last tournament this semester. Coach Leatu is looking forward to the event. “There is still a lot of work to be done, but with this team’s comradery and dedication to rebuilding the culture, we have a lot of positives to look forward to”.
Recap written by Georgia State graduate student and 2018 Sun Belt singles player of the year, Kristin Rehse.