Tere-Apisah advances to third round in NCAA tennis tournament

An improved first serve propelled Georgia State’s Abigail Tere-Apisah to the third round of the NCAA tennis tournament today with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Tennessee’s Kata Szekely.

The victory guaranteed her All-America status, making her the first men’s or women’s player in GSU’s history to earn that distinction.

She will face top-seeded Allie Will of Florida in Friday’s third round in Athens at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.

She credits the 45 minutes-1 hour she’s spent on her serve each day since the regular season ended for the victory.

“The last two matches, it is giving me an advantage to get points easily,” Tere-Apisah said. “During the season it wasn’t really a weapon.”

Tere-Apisah, who also uses a powerful baseline forehand, said she tried to push Szekely deep to her backhand side throughout the match.

“She was having difficulty getting them back,” Tere-Apisah said.

GSU coach Miha Lisac said Tere-Apisah’s focus is the reason for the improved serve.

“One thing is the time that you dedicate, but I give credit to Abby to being on the court and serving and dedicated to improving her serve,” he said.

Tere-Apisah’s next match will be tough, no matter the opponent.

Lisac said Will doesn’t give away points, which means Tere-Apisah must fight throughout.

“Abby will have to be close to her best to win that match,” he said.

– Doug Roberson, AJC. Please follow me on twitter @ajcgsu

11 comments Add your comment

RidgeRunner

May 24th, 2012
12:31 pm

I saw her play and she is really good. This is great for her and GSU.

Sluggo

May 24th, 2012
12:41 pm

Great job, Tere-Apisah. All-American has a great ring to it. Great job Coach Lisac, a former classmate of mine.

GSUAlumBaseball81

May 24th, 2012
1:23 pm

Way to go Abigail! You are AWESOME and now go win the next match! You are our All American PANTHER!!!

Donor

May 24th, 2012
2:24 pm

Great job Abigail!

Donor

May 24th, 2012
2:24 pm

Oh and FIRE LEVICK!

ZCHJ

May 24th, 2012
3:20 pm

GO PANTHERS11

Panther Pride

May 24th, 2012
4:02 pm

Congrats to Abigail and good luck tomorrow

GSU_2012

May 24th, 2012
4:51 pm

This is really cool! Congrats! Go GSU

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May 24th, 2012
5:50 pm

She plays amazing, and she’s cute too. Our women athletes are impressive the last few years (golf, track, tennis). I didn’t realize how many banners we’d earned until I dropped by the Piedmont Park tennis center last month.

GSu Alumni

May 24th, 2012
7:59 pm

Congratulation GSU tennis team!!!

Jackson

May 25th, 2012
4:48 pm

Way to go Abigail!