AUBURN, Ala. – As the ITA Southern Regional Championships got underway Friday, Mississippi State women’s tennis found success in singles and doubles as a Bulldog singles player and a doubles team each moved into the round of 16 of the event.
All-SEC sophomore Georgiana Patrasc, seeded 5-8 in singles, opened play with a win against Iris Verboven of Ole Miss 6-2, 7-6(4). Patrasc closed her action of the day with another win over Lyubov Dorofeeva of Troy 6-2, 6-3. Those wins vaulted her into the round of 16 in singles on Saturday.
Also notching a main draw win Friday in singles was State true freshman Timea Guibe, as she downed Julia Kral of McNeese State 4-6, 6-0, 2-0, when Kral retired due to injury in the third set. Guibe advanced to the second round but dropped her match to top-seeded and 18th-ranked Pluen Burgmans of tourney host Auburn 6-2, 6-1.
In other singles play, the senior Perper, seeded 9-16 in singles, dropped her first match against Gabriel Otero of LSU 6-4, 6-4 but came back with a victory in her consolation match against Monica Mitta of South Alabama 6-2, 6-4.
Senior Rosie Dion dropped her first match against Laure Mastuskova of South Alabama 6-2, 6-3, while Petra Ferancova and Naomi Tran completed action for MSU in singles, also falling in their matches, Ferancova 6-1, 7-6(4) to Stephanie Barnett of Nicholls State and Tran 6-2, 6-3 to Medy Blankvoort of ULM. Dion, Tran and Ferancova later fell in consolation action as well.
Action will resume on Saturday at 8 a.m. CT beginning with duo Perper and Tran in round of 16 doubles, competing against Stephanie Barnett and Katya Nakonechnaya of Nicholls State. Patrasc will begin singles action at 1 p.m. CT against Danielle Spielmann of Alabama, also in the round of 16. Perper and two of State’s doubles teams will continue consolation action Saturday as well.
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Singles – Main Draw
First Round - Timea Guibe (MSU) def. Julia Kral (McNeese State) 4-6, 6-0, 2-0 (ret.); Stephanie Barnett (Nicholls State) def. Petra Ferancova (MSU) 6-1, 7-6(4); #76 Georgiana Patrasc (MSU) [5-8] def. Iris Verboven (Ole Miss) 6-2, 7-6(4); Medy Blankvoort (ULM) def. Naomi Tran (MSU) 6-2, 6-3; Gabriel Otero (LSU) def. Alexandra Perper (MSU) [9-16] 6-4, 6-4; Laure Mastuskova (South Alabama) def. Roseline Dion (MSU) 6-2, 6-3
Second Round - #18 Pluen Burgmans (Auburn)  def. Timea Guibe (MSU) 6-2; 6-1; #76 Patrasc (MSU) [5-8] def. Lyubov Dorofeeva (Troy) 6-2, 6-3
Singles – Main Draw Consolation
First Round - Jazmin Britos (Louisiana Tech) def. Petra Ferancova (MSU) 6-2, 6-1; Jen Pfiefler (Auburn) def. Naomi Tran (MSU) 6-4, 6-3; Alexandra Perper (MSU) def. Monica Mitta (South Alabama) 6-2, 6-4; Skylar Holloway (LSU) def. Roseline Dion (MSU) 6-3, 5-7, 1-0(7)
Doubles – Main Draw
First Round - #48 Alexandra Perper/Naomi Tran (MSU)  def. Julia Jones/Iris Verboven (Ole Miss), 8-4; Petra Horakova/Sophie Rufyikiri (ULM) def. Roseline Dion/Georgiana Patrasc (MSU) 8-4; #24 Marija Milutinovic/Caroline Moe-Rohde (Ole Miss)  def. Petra Ferancova/Timea Guibe (MSU) 8-5
Numbers preceding names indicate current national rankings; numbers in brackets are tournament seedings