COLLEGE STATION, Texas –Mississippi State women’s tennis team closed out the regular season with a 4-0 setback at No. 10 Texas A&M on Sunday. With the loss, the Bulldogs dropped to 9-14 on the season and 1-12 in the SEC. The Aggies improved to 17-5 overall and 10-3 in conference play.
The Bulldogs will begin postseason play in the SEC Championship, hosted by Missouri, this Wednesday, April 16. Mississippi State will be facing LSU in the first round on Wednesday at 10 a.m. CT. The winner will advance to meet Tennessee on Thursday.
On Sunday, Mississippi State fell behind early in doubles, as 56th-ranked Alexandra Perper and Naomi Tran fell 8-0 on court 1 to the Aggies’ 23rd-ranked tandem of Stefania Hristov and Cristina Stancu. Texas A&M would claim the doubles point with a win on court 2, as Rosie Dion and Timea Guibe fell 8-2 to Rutuja Bhosale and Anna Mamalat. MSU’s duo of Petra Ferancova and Georgiana Patrasc were leading 5-3 on court 3 when doubles play was suspended.
After an hour-long rain delay that occurred shortly after singles play began, Texas A&M picked up where it left off, as Hristov downed MSU’s Ferancova 6-0, 6-0 on court 4. After State’s Perper dropped a 6-1, 6-2 decision on No. 2 to 65th-ranked Gavrilovska, the Aggies would clinch the match with a win on court 6, where Jana McCord posted a 6-2, 6-2 over State’s Calderon.
Singles play was suspended with No. 66 Patrasc up 6-2, 0-5 on court 1 against eighth-ranked Stancu, and Dion trailing 4-6, 2-0 on court 3. Tran was also locked in a battle on No. 5, trailing 6-3, 3-2 to 118th-ranked Mamalat.
“We started off with good energy in doubles,” said assistant coach James Bryce. “(But) we couldn’t quite find our rhythm at one and two. Georgiana played a great first set against a top 10 player and showed that she can compete with anyone. Rosie and Naomi were also fighting hard, even after dropping their first sets. Overall, Texas A&M was the better team today but we are excited to get another shot against LSU on Wednesday.”
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No. 10 Texas A&M 4, Mississippi State 0
April 13, 2014 – Mitchell Tennis Center – College Station, Tex.
2. Rutuja Bhosale/Anna Mamalat (TAMU) def. Rosie Dion/Timea Guibe (MSU), 8-2
1. No. 66 Georgiana Patrasc (MSU) vs. No. 8 Cristina Stancu (TAMU), 6-2, 0-5, susp.
2. No. 65 Saska Gavrilovska (TAMU) def. Alexandra Perper (MSU), 6-1, 6-2
3. Rutuja Bhosale (TAMU) vs. Rosie Dion (MSU), 6-4, 0-2, susp.
4. Stefania Hristov (TAMU) def. Petra Ferancova (MSU), 6-0, 6-0
5. No. 118 Anna Mamalat (TAMU) vs. Naomi Tran (MSU), 6-3, 3-2, susp.
6. Jana McCord (TAMU) def. Rosalinda Calderon (MSU), 6-2, 6-2
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