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#58 Georgia State Slips Past Furman, 4-3, In Season Opener For Both Teams

#58 Georgia State Slips Past Furman, 4-3, In Season Opener For Both Teams

GREENVILLE, S.C. – The 58th-ranked Georgia State women's tennis team swept the doubles matches and the top half of the singles match-ups to slip past Furman, 4-3, Saturday at the Mickel Tennis Center in the season opener for both teams.

The Panthers (1-0) jumped out to an early 1-0 lead after winning all three doubles matches.  Abigail Tere-Apisah and Maryna Kozachenko posted an 8-4 win over sophomore Katherine Oudin and freshman Alex Moreno-Kaste in the top doubles match-up, and Tereza Lerova and Whitney Byrd teamed up for an 8-6 victory over junior Lauren Kline and sophomore Margaret Boyette at number two doubles.  In the third doubles match, Masa Grgan and Martina Ondrackova beat junior Michele Stanford and sophomore Amanda Murray, 9-7.

In singles action, Georgia State posted victories in the top three matches, before the Paladins rallied to pull out wins in the lower half of the line-up.  Tere-Apisah defeated Kline, 6-4, 6-2 in the top match, while Lerova beat Oudin, 6-1, 6-1, at number two singles.  Kozachenko notched a 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 win over Stanford in the third singles contest.

Furman's Boyette rallied for a 6-4, 2-6, 7-5 win over Byrd at number four singles, and Moreno-Kaste tallied a 6-4, 7-5 victory over Grgan in the fifth singles match.  Senior Susan Bitetti defeated Chaimaa Roudami, 6-4, 4-6, 10-8, at number six singles.

Furman (0-1) will play host to #72 Florida International Sunday at 11 a.m.

#58 Georgia State 4, Furman 3
Jan 13, 2012 at Greenville, S.C. (Mickel Tennis Center)

Singles competition

1. Abigail Tere-Apisah (GAST) def. Lauren Kline (FUR) 6-4, 6-2

2. Tereza Lerova (GAST) def. Katherine Oudin (FUR) 6-1, 6-1

3. Maryna Kozachenko (GAST) def. Michele Stanford (FUR) 2-6, 6-4, 6-2

4. Margaret Boyette (FUR) def. Whitney Byrd (GAST) 6-4, 2-6, 7-5

5. Alex Moreno-Kaste (FUR) def. Masa Grgan (GAST) 6-4, 7-5

6. Susan Bitetti (FUR) def. Chaimaa Roudami (GAST) 6-4, 4-6, 10-8


Doubles competition

1. Abigail Tere-Apisah/Maryna Kozachenko (GAST) def. Katherine Oudin/Alex Moreno-Kaste (FUR) 8-4

2. Tereza Lerova/Whitney Byrd (GAST) def. Lauren Kline/Margaret Boyette (FUR) 8-6

3. Masa Grgan/Martina Ondrackova (GAST) def. Michele Stanford/Amanda Murray (FUR) 9-7


Match Notes

Georgia State 1-0; National ranking #58

Furman 0-1

Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (2,1,3,4,5,6)