What you need to know:
*Georgia State women’s tennis begins the 2019 season with three matches away from home this weekend.
*The Panthers return four players from last season’s NCAA Tournament team, including All-Sun Belt selection Damira Muminović.
*GSU has advanced to the NCAA Tournament twice in the last three seasons.
ATLANTA, Ga.- Georgia State women’s tennis will begin their quest for a third NCAA Tournament appearance in four years when the team begins play on Friday morning in Fort Myers, Florida. The Panthers (0-0) will visit the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles (0-1) for a 10:00 a.m. match, kicking off the first of three matches over the holiday weekend. State defeated FCGU in last season’s meeting 6-1.
GSU will stay in Fort Myers to take on Cornell Saturday at 10:00 a.m. before heading to Greenville, South Carolina for a 4:00 p.m. showdown on Martin Luther King Jr. Day with Furman. The Panthers will be looking to avenge last season’s 4-3 loss to the Paladins.
Georgia State is coming off a 12-win season that saw the team win the Sun Belt title for the second time in three years. Returning from the 2018 championship team is junior Damira Muminović who earned Second Team All-Sun Belt honors in her sophomore campaign behind a 16-7 record that included three match clinching wins.
Seniors Daniela Ramirez and Lara Vovk, as well as junior Anastasia Grosheva will all likely be staples in the Panther lineup. Nationally ranked Eva Chivu (#123) and fellow freshmen, Andreea Stanescu, and Arielle Nealy round out the GSU roster.
Muminović and Ramirez both earned singles wins against Florida Gulf Coast and Furman last spring. Chivu finished the fall with a team best 8-4 record that included wins over competition from Ole Miss and Miami.
Florida Gulf Coast is 0-1 on the young 2019 season following a 5-2 loss to USF last Sunday. The Eagles finished the 2018 season with a 10-8 record and won the ASUN regular season title. Cornell is coming off a 7-13 2018 season, while Furman is looking to build on a 20-9 campaign that saw the Paladins win the Southern Conference and earn a spot in the NCAA Tournament field.
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