ATLANTA- Georgia State women’s tennis is looking to make the NCAA Tournament for the second time in three seasons. The road to the postseason begins this weekend with a trio of difficult matches for GSU. The Panthers will be in Auburn taking on the Tigers Friday night, before battling Oklahoma and ULM on Saturday.
A pair of 2017 All-Sun Belt players will lead GSU into the 2018 campaign. Senior Kristin Rehse will once again hold down the number one singles flight. The German native went 9-5 in number one flight singles matches last season.
Arina Taluyenko will also look to replicate the success found in the 2017 season. The sophomore went 15-4 in singles play, including an 11-2 mark in the number two flight. Taluyenko also led the Panthers with 13 doubles victories.
GSU will also return line-up mainstays, Daniela Ramirez, Lara Vovk, Damira Muminović, Anastasia Grosheva, and Ilona Golynker. Joining the program this season is freshman Elizabet Danailova who had a pair of impressive preseason victories over opponents from UGA.
“We need to make sure that each girl is taking good care of themselves leading up to the matches for what they need individually”, said head coach Jason Marshall. “It has been a tricky week with school being closed due to weather which has disrupted our normal training regimen.”
The Panthers are coming off a 13-9 2017 season. The team went 4-3 in conference play, winning their first round Sun Belt Tournament match against UT Arlington, but falling in the semifinals to South Alabama.
Georgia State will have their hands full this weekend facing Auburn and ULM teams that both made NCAA Tournament runs last season. The Tigers advanced to the third round of NCAA Tournament last season before falling 4-2 to Texas Tech, and the Warhawks were 16-1 last season before falling to Texas A&M in the first round of tournament play.
“The competition we will face will be a big challenge for us, and hopefully we are prepared to meet that challenge head on”, said Marshall.
Friday: Georgia State vs. Auburn 4:00 PM
Saturday: Georgia State vs. Oklahoma 3:00 PM
Georgia State vs. ULM 8:00 PM
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