STARKVILLE, Miss. – After an almost two-week break from action, the 75th-ranked Mississippi State women’s tennis team resumed its 2014 slate on Saturday, defeating the visiting UAB Blazers 7-0 while not dropping a single set the entire afternoon.
With the win, State improved to 3-1 on the season, while UAB fell to 1-3 overall. State's second match schedule for Saturday against Tennessee Martin was cancelled due to weather-related travel concerns.
The Bulldogs kicked off the match scoring by taking the doubles point, with the duo of Georgiana Patrasc and Naomi Tran taking their match with a 6-3 win over Amy Lowther and Catherine Ragon on court 2. Petra Ferancova also picked up a doubles win in her first match since the January 19 season opener, pairing with Rosie Dion for a 6-2 win on court 3 over Paula Castro and Pardis Kianoush. Timea Guibe and Alexandra Perper wrapped up doubles action with a 6-2 win on No. 1 over Rachel Daniell and Elaine Simon.
In singles action, Dion kept her 2014 dual match record unblemished, defeating Ragon 6-1, 6-0 on No. 4 for a 2-0 MSU lead. Perper made the score 3-0 with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Daniell at the top spot in the lineup. The 84th-ranked Patrasc would then clinch the match on No. 2, with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Lowther.
Freshman Rosalinda Calderon picked up her first collegiate victory in the next decision, taking a 6-4, 6-4 decision on court 6 over Castro. Tran and Guibe would complete the sweep of UAB with straight-set wins on courts 5 and 3, respectively.
“It was a challenge for the girls to be off for almost two weeks,” said head coach Daryl Greenan. “But they responded well. They played solid in doubles and were able to keep that going into singles. It was a collective effort and I’m really proud of how everyone played today.”The Bulldogs will be back in action on Friday at 2 p.m., as they travel to Houston, Texas to face Stephen F. Austin in a neutral site match. The team will stay in Houston through Sunday, when they face the University of Houston at 10 a.m.
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Mississippi State 7, UAB 0
February 8, 2014 – A.J. Pitts Tennis Centre – Starkville, Miss.
1. Guibe/Perper (MSU) def. Daniell/Simon (UAB), 6-2
2. Patrasc/Tran (MSU) def. Lowther/Ragon (UAB), 6-3
3. Dion/Ferancova (MSU) def. Castro/Kianoush (UAB), 6-2
1. Alexandra Perper (MSU) def. Rachel Daniell (UAB), 6-3, 6-1
2. No. 84 Georgiana Patrasc (MSU) def. Amy Lowther (UAB), 6-2, 6-2
3. Timea Guibe (MSU) def. Pardis Kianoush (UAB), 6-3, 6-3
4. Roseline Dion (MSU) def. Catherine Ragon (UAB), 6-1, 6-0
5. Naomi Tran (MSU) def. Elaine Simon (UAB), 6-3, 6-2
6. Rosalinda Calderon (MSU) def. Paula Castro (UAB), 6-4, 6-4
Order of finish
Doubles: 2, 3, 1
Singles: 4, 1, 2, 6, 5, 3