STARKVILLE, Miss. – Mississippi State Lady Bulldog tennis (6-9, 0-7 SEC) fell 4-0 to the No. 51 ranked Lady Razorbacks of Arkansas (9-10, 2-6) in the team’s Friday match.
MSU will continue its weekend of SEC play with a Sunday match against No. 54 ranked LSU at 1 p.m. at the A.J. Pitts Tennis Centre.
Forced to move indoors because of rain, the match began with singles competition. Alexandra Perper of the Lady Bulldogs was the first to complete play, falling 6-4, 6-4 on court 2 to No. 93 ranked Claudine Paulson of Arkansas.
Arkansas extended its lead to 2-0 with a grueling battle on court 1 between MSU’s Georgiana Patrasc and No. 68 ranked Yang Pang of Arkansas. Pang took the first set 6-3, but Patrasc battled back notching an early 5-0 to take the second set 6-1. Patrasc began the final set with a 2-0 lead, but couldn’t hold back Pang falling 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 in the match.
On court 3, Lady Bulldog Naomi Tran was defeated by Arkansas sophomore Sarah McLean in a 6-3, 6-2 decision, stretching the Lady Razorback lead to 3-0.
Petra Ferancova of MSU competed against Kimberly-Ann Surin at the No. 4 position. Ferancova dropped the match 6-1, 6-2 clinching the Lady Razorbacks ninth win of the season.
MSU’s Roseline Dion was trailing 4-1 in the first set on court 5 against Arkansas’s Brittany Huxley when play was suspended.
“We continue to compete well at the top of our lineup,” said head coach Daryl Greenan. “All of our girls are fighting hard and if we keep that up the wins will come.”
Updates for this match will be available through Twitter @mstateWT and through live stats at hailstate.com.
#51 ARKANSAS 4, MISSISSIPPI STATE 0
March 22, 2013 – Starkville, Miss.
1) #68 Yang Pang (UA) def. Georgiana Patrasc (MSU) 6-3, 1-6, 6-2
2) #93 Claudine Paulson (UA) def. Alexandra Perper (MSU) 6-4,6-4
3) Sarah McLean (UA) def. Naomi Tran (MSU) 6-3,6-2
4) Kimberly-Ann Surin (UA) def. Petra Ferancova (MSU) 6-1,6-2
5) Brittany Huxley (UA) vs. Roseline Dion (MSU) 4-1, susp.
6) Lien Van Geel (MSU) vs. Ana Lorena Belmar (UA) – did not compete
Order of finish: Singles (2,1,3,4)