March 3, 2013
New Orleans - The Tulane women's tennis team not only got back into the win column, but earned its biggest win of the year today as the Green Wave came up with a 4-3 upset road victory over No. 38 Georgia State at the Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek, Ga.
Tulane improved its overall record to 6-5 overall and earned its first win over a nationally-ranked team this spring, while Georgia State dropped to 5-6 on the year. The Wave has faced several of the nation's top programs already this season and today notched its biggest win over a ranked opponent since the program returned in 2008-09.
"Today was a great day for the Tulane Women's Tennis program," Tulane head coach Terri Sisk said. "Defeating the No. 38 team in the nation on the road feels good, really good. I definitely believe this result is from continuing to believe in who we are and we all know we are capable of doing. We needed this breakthrough win and it finally came after solid week of practice and focus. I'm unbelievably proud of the girls today and I know this will go so far for us throughout the rest of the season."
Tulane got things rolling in the right direction early on and set the tone by taking the all-important doubles point. The Wave's duo of seniors Emma Levy and Hila Elster improved to 4-0 together this season with their victory at the No. 3 spot over Georgia State's Linn Timmermann and Chaimaa Roudami, 8-2.
The Panthers answered back by taking the top doubles spot when their 51st-ranked tandem of Abigail Tere-Apisah and Masa Grgan got past TU's team of junior Klara Vyskocilova and freshman Ipek Birol, 8-2.
But the Green Wave's seasoned combination of senior Caroline Magnusson and Caroline Thornton maintained their composure and wrapped up the double point with a decisive, 8-5, victory over Jocelyn Ffriend/Maryna Kozachenko at the No. 2 spot to give Tulane a quick 1-0 lead heading into singles.
The Panthers held their own and tied the match for a second time following 22nd-ranked Tere-Apisah's, 6-3, 7-5, win over Vyskocilova at the top spot.
But Tulane once again answered the call and it was Levy who came through at the No. 2 spot with a three-set triumph over Grgan, 1-6, 6-4, 6-3, to push the Wave back in the lead, 3-2.
The roller coaster continued and saw Georgia State tie the match for the third time following Kozachenko's win at No. 6 over Tulane freshman Jacqui Katz, 6-3, 6-4, and the nail-biting contest came down to the No. 5 contest between Magnusson and Ffriend.
Magnusson claimed the first set, 6-1, but Ffriend fought back to take the second set in a tie-breaker, 6-7 (2-7) and forced a third set. With her team's hopes riding on the line for the upset, Magunsson took care of business and rolled past Ffriend, 6-2, to clinch the victory for the Wave.
The Green Wave returns to action when it hosts a two-match home stand at the City Park Pepsi Center, beginning with Conference USA rival UAB on Sunday, March 10 at 9 a.m. TU will also host Illinois State out of the Missouri Valley Conference on Wednesday, March 13 at 2 p.m.
No. 1 #51 Abigail Tere-Apisah/Masa Grgan (GSU) def. Klara Vyskocilova/Ipek Birol (TLN), 8-2
No. 2 Caroline Magnusson/Caroline Thornton (TLN) def. Jocelyn Ffriend/Maryna Kozachenko (GSU) 8-5
No. 3 Emma Levy/Hila Elster (TLN) def. Linn Timmermann/Chaimaa Roudami (GSU) 8-2
Order of Finish: 3,1,2
No. 1 #22 Abigail Tere-Apisah (GSU) def. Klara Vyskocilova (TLN), 6-3, 7-5
No. 2 Emma Levy (TLN) def. Masa Grgan (GSU), 1-6, 6-4, 6-3
No. 3 Whitney Byrd (GSU) def. Caroline Thornton (TLN), 6-2, 6-2
No. 4 Ipek Birol (TLN) def. Linn Timmermann (GSU) 6-0, 7-5
No. 5 Caroline Magnusson (TLN) def. def. Jocelyn Ffriend (GSU) 6-1, 6-7 (2-7), 6-2
No. 6 Maryna Kozachenko (GSU) def. Jacqui Katz (TLN), 6-3, 6-4
Order of Finish: 3,4,1,2,6,5