March 14, 2014
New Orleans - The Tulane women's team fought tooth and tail with No. 55 Georgia State, but was forced to settle with a narrow, 4-3, setback to open a four-match home stand at the City Park Pepsi Center.
Tulane (4-11) gave the visiting Panthers (6-5) all they could handle from start to finish. The Green Wave was unable to secure the all-important doubles point, despite winning the contest at No. 3, where junior Emily Dvorak and sophomore Margaux Hyman defeated Linn Timmermann and Chaimaa Roudami, 8-6.
GSU posted an 8-3 win at the No. 2 slot and the point came down to the top spot. At No. 1, the Panthers No. 20 duo of Masa Grgan and Abigail Tere-Apisah downed senior Klara Vyskocilova and sophomore Jacqui Katz, 8-5.
Down 1-0 heading into singles, the Wave dug in and put itself in position to win the match. Georgia State put the pressure on early on in singles with wins at the Nos. 4 and 6 spots to take a 3-0 lead. But Tulane responded in a big way.
Sophomore Ipek Birol got TU rolling with her, 6-1, 6-4, win over Grgan at the No. 2 spot. Minutes later, Vyskocilova came up with the biggest win during her two-year career with Tulane. Playing at the top spot, Vyskocilova, who is ranked No. 73 nationally in this week's Intercollegiate Tennis Association national rankings, knocked off the No. 12 player in the country, Abigail Tere-Apisah, in straight sets, 6-2, 6-1, to cut GSU's advantage to 3-2.
With the win, Vyskocilova improved to 16-6 overall, extended her win streak to 11 consecutive singles wins and remained undefeated in dual matches this spring with a 9-0 mark. She now has a pair of wins over Top-25 players after upending Auburn's No. 21 Pleun Bergmans on Feb. 14.
The match came down to a gritty contest at the No. 3 position between Katz and Marcia Tere-Apisah. Despite a great effort by Katz, Marcia Tere-Apisah clinched the win with a, 7-5, 7-5, victory.
"Today, we played well as a unit from beginning to end, but just came up short to a nationally-ranked team," Tulane head coach Terri Sisk said. "It felt good to see us play well and compete against a really good team. This team is very close to turning the corner. If we continue to compete at this level and give this effort the sky is the limit."
Tulane returns to action this Sunday, March 16 at 10 a.m. against Conference USA rival, No. 26 Rice, at the City Park Pepsi Center. There is no cost for admission.
No. 1 #20 Grgan, Masa/Tere-Apisah, Abigail (GSU) def. Klara Vyskocilova/Jacqui Katz (TLN), 8-5
No. 2 Tere-Apisah, Marcia/Kamoe, Tarani (GSU) def. Ipek Birol/Meredith Maltby (TLN), 8-3
No. 3 Emily Dvorak/Margaux Hyman (TLN) def. Timmermann, Linn/Roudami, Chaimaa (GSU), 8-6
Order of Finish: 2,3,1
No. 1 #73 Klara Vyskocilova (TLN) def. #12 Tere-Apisah, Abigail (GSU), 6-2, 6-1
No. 2 Ipek Birol (TLN) def. Grgan, Masa (GSU), 6-1, 6-4
No. 3 Tere-Apisah, Marcia (GSU) def. Jacqui Katz (TLN), 7-5, 7-5
No. 4 Timmermann, Linn (GSU) def. Emily Dvorak (TLN), 6-1, 6-4
No. 5 Meredith Maltby (TLN) def. Kozachenko, Maryna (GSU), 6-2, 7-5
No. 6 Roudami, Chaimaa (GSU) def. Margaux Hyman (TLN), 6-3, 6-2
Order of Finish: 4,6,2,1,5,3