TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - In their second day of competition, Alexandra Perper and Naomi Tran of the Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs paired up to post two impressive wins and clinch a semifinal doubles slot at the ITA Southern Regional Championships.
The MSU duo, a 5-8 seed in the A Doubles Draw, sailed past Maya Jansen and Emily Zabor of Alabama in the round of 16, defeating the pair 8-4. In the quarterfinal round, Perper and Tran upset third-seeded Emma Levy and Klara Vyskocilova of Tulane 8-3, rocketing the Lady Bulldog tandem into the semifinal round of play set to take place on Sunday. Perper and Tran will take on second-seeded Jackie Kasler and Jen Pfeifler of Auburn.
In singles play Saturday, State had two players competing in the round of 16 of the A Draw, but neither was able to advance. Perper, a junior from Moldova, dropped her first set against Natalia Maynetto of Alabama 6-1, and was forced to retire trailing 3-0 in the second set due to an injury. Georgiana Patrasc fell in a 6-1, 6-2 decision to Auburn's Jackie Kasler.
In consolation play, newcomer Lien Van Geel fell 6-0, 6-3 to Ashley Kitchen, also of Auburn, in the round of 16.
Patrasc and Sarai Flores represented the Maroon and White in the A Draw doubles consolation bracket Saturday, dropping their first-round match there to Michala Kucharova and Plamena Kurteva of Auburn in a close 8-6 decision.
Updates for Sunday's semifinal doubles competition will be available through Twitter (@mstateWT).
MSU RESULTS AT THE ITA Southern Regional Indoor Championships
October 20, 2012 - Tuscaloosa, Ala.
SINGLES - DRAW A
Round of 16 - Jackie Kasler (Auburn) def. (9-16) Georgiana Patrasc (Mississippi State) 6-1, 6-2; Natalia Maynetto (Alabama) def. (6) Alexandra Perper (Mississippi State) 6-1, 3-0, ret.
SINGLES - DRAW A (CONSOLATION)
Round of 16 - Ashley Kitchen (Auburn) def. Lien Van Geel (Mississippi State) 6-0, 6-3
DOUBLES - DRAW A
Quarterfinals - Perper/Tran (Mississippi State) def. (3) Emma Levy/Klara Vyskocilova (Tulane) 8-3
DOUBLES -DRAW A (CONSOLATION)
First Round (Consolation) - Michala Kucharova/Plamena Kurteva (Auburn) def. Sarai Flores/Georgiana Patrasc (Mississippi State) 8-6