May 21, 2014
ATHENS, Ga. - In her first NCAA singles tournament appearance, University of Tennessee women's tennis freshman Eve Repic battled to a tough 7-6 (4), 6-2 loss in the NCAA Tournament first round Wednesday afternoon.
Repic, who faced off against Abigail Tere-Apisah in the first round of the NCAA Team Tournament two weeks ago, found herself in a rematch with the Georgia State senior Wednesday.
Tere-Apisah got the best of Repic 6-2, 6-0 in their first meeting, but Repic didn't allow the same to happen Wednesday.
"I think she played with more confidence today," said co-head coach Mike Patrick. "She felt like she needed to be out there, deserved to be out there and compete there. She had some really good opportunities to win the match but it is an experience and she is learning. She improved in two weeks. We are positive."
After falling behind a break early, Repic broke late to tie things up at 5-all. Both athletes held serve forcing a first set tiebreak. Repic took a 3-0 lead in the tiebreak, which plays out until seven, but Tere-Apisah fought back rallying off five straight points to take a 5-3 lead and eventually the 7-4 win.
Tere-Apisah's momentum carried into the second set where she broke Repic in the first game and gained an early 2-0 lead. Repic held on to serve bringing it to 3-2, but another break by Tere-Apisah and hold on serve made it a 5-2 match. Tere-Apisah then served it out for the win.
"I played better than the first match, but she is a good player," said Repic. "It was a good progression from the first match to this match. I played more relaxed and a tough first set. It got away from me in the second, but I give her a lot of credit, she played well."
"It is an honor to play in the tournament as a freshman," continued Repic. "You play against really good kids every match and really have to grind. But it is a great experience overall."
This concludes the Lady Vols season, for updates on the women's tennis team throughout the offseason follow on twitter @LadyVol_Tennis.