STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State's women's tennis team completed opening-day play at two different tournaments Friday, with players representing MSU at events in Los Angeles and Sarasota, Fla.
Alexandra Perper and Naomi Tran completed their first day of competition in the Jack Kramer Invitational Friday in Los Angeles, both posting one win and one loss each in singles play. Perper kicked off the first round of singles competition with a commanding 6-2, 6-1 win against Cara Brown from the University of San Diego. Tran followed suit notching a 6-7(2), 6-4, 1-0(4) upset over the tournament's No. 5 ranked Anna Depenau also of San Diego.
Unfortunately the victorious streak did not carry into the second round of singles play as Perper fell 6-1, 6-3 to Catherine Harrison of UCLA. Tran also dropped her second round match up against UCLA opponent Courtney Dolehide in a 6-3, 6-3 decision.
In the first round of doubles competition Friday, the Perper and Tran were defeated 8-5 by Miya Jin and Claudia Razzeto of Loyola Marymount University.
In Sarasota, Fla., at the Lakewood Ranch Invitational, freshmen Lien Van Geel and Georgiana Patrasc posted first-round singles victories. Van Geel defeated C.C. Sardinha of Oklahoma State 6-4, 4-1(ret.). Patrasc followed suit with a 6-3, 6-0 win against Joanna Henderson of Tennessee.
Caroline Hitimana of Florida took down Lady Bulldog Sarai Flores 6-1, 6-0 in the first round while Petra Ferancova dropped her first-round singles match as well, falling 6-2, 6-0 to Maya Jansen of Alabama.
In the second round of singles competition, Patrasc advanced to the quarterfinals with a 6-4, 7-6(3) victory against Meghan Belvins of Oklahoma State. Van Geel was defeated 6-2, 6-4 by Notre Dame's Julie Sabiacinski.
Doubles competition began with a rocky start as both MSU duos dropped their opening round matches in very close affairs. Petra Ferancova and Georgiana Patrasc fell to C.C. Sardinha and Meghan Belvins of Oklahoma State 9-8(6). That was followed by an 8-6 victory for Lynn yee Choo and Ana Gerbasi of East Tennessee against Roseline Dion and Van Geel of the Lady Bulldogs.
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MSU RESULTS AT THE JACK KRAMER INVITATIONAL November 9, 2012 - Los Angeles, Calif.
Second Round - Catherine Harrison (UCLA) def. Perper (MSU) 6-1, 6-3; Courtney Dolehide (UCLA) def. Tran (MSU) 6-3, 6-3
First Round - Miya Jin/Claudia Razzeto (Loyola Marymount) def. Perper/Tran (MSU) 8-5
MSU RESULTS AT THE LAKEWOOD RANCH INVITATIONAL
November 9, 2012 - Sarasota, Fla.
First Round - Caroline Hitimana (Florida) def. Sarai Flores (MSU) 6-1, 6-0; Lien Van Geel (MSU) def. C.C. Sardinha (Oklahoma State) 6-4, 4-1 (ret.); Maya Jansen (Alabama) def. Petra Ferancova (MSU) 6-2, 6-0; Georgiana Patrasc (MSU) def. Joanna Henderson (Tennesee) 6-3, 6-0
Second Round - Julie Sabiacinski (Notre Dame) def. Van Geel (MSU) 6-2, 6-4; Patrasc (MSU) def. Meghan Belvins (Oklahoma State) 6-4, 7-6(3)
First Round Consolation - Ana Gerbasi (East Tennessee) def. Flores (MSU) 7-6(4), 6-4; Ferancova (MSU) def. Maria Alvarez (Oklahoma State) 4-6, 7-5, 10-8
First Round - C.C. Sardinha/Meghan Belvins (Oklahoma State) def. Ferancova/Patrasc (MSU) 9-8(6); Lynn yee Choo/Ana Gerbasi (East Tennessee) def. Dion/Van Geel (MSU) 8-6