PEACHTREE CITY, Ga.- The Georgia State women’s tennis team earned its second-straight 4-3 win topping UL Monroe on Saturday to advance to the Sun Belt Conference Championship finals on Sunday.
Playing with just four players due to injuries, the Panthers remarkable run back to the championship has come by forfeiting wins at the No. 5 and No. 6 singles positions, along with No. 3 doubles.
On Saturday, Georgia State took the doubles point with 6-1 and 6-2 wins to start singles play down 2-1.
The Panthers got a 6-1, 6-4 victory from sophomore Damira Muminovic to even the score at 2-2.
UL Monroe got the win at No. 1 singles, but Georgia State responded with the win at No. 4 to tie the score again at 3-3. The deciding match came down to No. 2 singles with junior Daniela Ramirez forcing the third set and gutting out a 1-6, 6-1, 6-4 victory after trailing 4-1 in the deciding set.
The Panthers will face the No. 4 South Alabama tomorrow at 10 a.m. ET at the Peachtree City Tennis Center in Peachtree City, Ga., for a conference title and automatic NCAA berth. The tennis center is located 30 miles south of Atlanta, off exit 61 on I-85 South. Admission to the tournament is free.
Live stats for all matches will be available on the Championship Central page at SunBeltSports.org. Live streaming will be available for the semifinal and championship matches and will be broadcast on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app.
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Match 9 – #2 Georgia State 4, #6 ULM 3
1. Rehse, Kristin/Vovk, Lara (GSU) def. Andrei, Stefana/Snita, Karolina (ULM) 6-1
2. Muminovic, Damira/Ramirez, Daniela (GSU) def. Grigoriu, Madalina/Koen, Bianca (ULM) 6-2
3. Salerno, Florencia/Silwanowicz, Karolina (ULM) def. GSU, by walkover
1. Andrei, Stefana (ULM) def. Rehse, Kristin (GSU) 6-4, 6-1
2. Ramirez, Daniela (GSU) def. Snita, Karolina (ULM) 1-6, 6-1, 6-4
3. Muminovic, Damira (GSU) def. Silwanowicz, Karolina (ULM) 6-1, 6-4
4. Vovk, Lara (GSU) def. Grigoriu, Madalina (ULM) 7-6 (6-4), 6-4
5. Salerno, Florencia (ULM) def. GSU, by walkover
6. Koen, Bianca (ULM) def. GSU, by walkover
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (5,6,3,1,4,2)