First tournament of season concludes for Panthers

In the team’s first court action since winning the Sun Belt Championship last season, Georgia State women’s tennis concluded its three-day series of singles and doubles matches at the Georgia Tech invitational on Sunday afternoon. The first and third days ended with productive outings for the Panthers.

Day One

In doubles against the LSU Tigers, the duo of Masa Grgan and Marcia Tere-Apisah defeated Joana Vale Costa and Skylar Holloway 7-5. The Panthers also picked up a 6-2 victory from Nirantsa Rasolomalala and Tarani Kamoe over Madara Straume and Noel Scott.

Georgia State’s Linn Timmerman and Veronika Golanova did lose to Abby Owens and Skylar Kuykendall 6-2 and the pair of Kristin Rehse and Chaimaa Roudami fell to the Tigers’ Ella Taylor and Amanda Atanasson 6-3.

The Panthers also played singles matches against the North Carolina State Wolfpack. Grgan and Tere-Apisah lost their singles matches, but Georgia State did notch six victories over NC State. These included five straight set wins. The Panthers victory that did not occur in straight sets was Timmerman’s 7-5, 4-6, 6-4 outing against Sophie Nelson.

Day Two

Day two did not unfold as Day One did for the Panthers. In doubles against Georgia Tech, the team lost all three of its contests. Rasheeda McAdoo and Paige Hourigan beat Grgan and Tere-Apisah 6-2. Johnnise Renaud and Natasha Prokhnevska bested Rasolomalala and Kamoe 7-5. Alexis Prokopuik and Alexa Anton-Ohlmeyer defeated Timmerman and Golanova 6-4.

Georgia State was defeated in six of eight singles matches against LSU—including Grgan and Tere-Apisah similar to Day One. The Panthers’ wins came courtesy of Timmerman’s straight set victory (6-3, 6-2) over Ella Taylor and Rehse’s win (7-3, 2-6, 6-0) over Madara Straume.

Day Three

The Wolfpack were swept by the Panthers in doubles competitions. Kamoe was teamed with Grgan as they earned a 6-3 victory over Liza Fieldsend and Sophia Nelson. Timmerman and Tere-Apisah grabbed a 6-3 win over Joanna Nalborska and Natalia Jancowicz. Golanova and Rasolomalala bested Elisha Hande and Tayla Stenta 7-5. Rehse and Roudami teamed up for a 6-2 triumph on Ashleigh Caponnolo and Taylor Zayton.

Georgia State’s fortunes were not as good in singles against the Yellow Jackets. Their only victory out of six singles matches that day came from Timmerman’s win over Natasha Prokhnevska (6-3, 6-7, 6-4) who is ranked No.118 in the nation. Rehse and Golanova both fell in straight sets.

The Panthers will take to the hardcourt again this upcoming weekend at the University of Central Florida (UCF) Invitational in Orlando from Sept. 26-28.