OXFORD, Miss. – Mississippi State Lady Bulldog tennis (7-10, 1-8 SEC) fell in a 4-1 decision to the No. 37 Lady Rebels of Ole Miss (8-9, 4-5) Friday afternoon on the road. The match was played indoors due to rainy weather conditions.
The Lady Rebels took an early 1-0 lead after posting wins on doubles courts 1 and 2. Erin Stephens and Iris Verboven of the Lady Rebels opened things up by taking down Petra Ferancova and Sarai Flores of MSU 8-0 on court 2. Ole Miss’ No. 53 ranked duo of Caroline Rhode-Moe and Marija Milutinovic clinched the doubles point, defeating MSU’s No. 56 ranked pair of Alexandra Perper and Naomi Tran in an 8-3 decision at the No. 1 spot. Georgiana Patrasc and Roseline Dion of the Lady Bulldogs held a 6-5 lead over Mai El Kamash and Vief Vlaar on court 3 when play was suspended.
Court 1 was the first to complete in singles competition, as 124th-ranked Georgiana Patrasc of the Lady Bulldogs fell to Lady Rebel senior, No. 45 ranked Caroline Rhode-Moe, in a 6-2, 6-4 decision.
Lady Bulldog Alexandra Perper cut the Ole Miss lead to 2-1 with an impressive 6-1, 6-4 triumph on court 2 against Lady Rebel Julia Jones in the next match to finish. Ole Miss answered back with a win on court 3 to stretch its lead to 3-1 as No. 82 ranked Mai El Kamash of the Lady Rebels took down MSU sophomore Naomi Tran 6-4, 7-5.
Marija Milutinovic of Ole Miss then sealed the victory for Ole Miss with a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Roseline Dion of the Lady Bulldogs on court 5.
The Lady Bulldogs’ next match will be Friday, April 5, as they head to Columbia, S.C., to face the No. 31-ranked Lady Gamecocks of South Carolina. Updates for MSU matches can be found on Twitter at @mstateWT. Live stats can be found on hailstate.com.
#37 OLE MISS 4, MISSISSIPPI STATE 1
March 29, 2013 – Oxford, Miss.
2. Erin Stephens/Iris Verboven (UM) def. Petra Ferancova/Sarai Flores (MSU) 8-0
3. Georgiana Patrasc/Roseline Dion (MSU) vs. Mai El Kamash/Vief Vlaar (UM) 6-5, susp.
1. #45 Caroline Rhode-Moe (UM) def. #124 Georgiana Patrasc (MSU) 6-2, 6-4
2. Alexandra Perper (MSU) def. Julia Jones (UM) 6-1, 6-4
3. #82 Mai El Kamash (UM) def. Naomi Tran (MSU) 6-4, 7-5
4. Erin Stephens (UM) vs. Petra Ferancova (MSU) 6-3, 3-0, susp.
5. Marija Milutinovic (UM) def. Roseline Dion (MSU) 6-1, 6-0
6. Lien Van Geel (MSU) vs. Vief Vlaar (UM) 5-3, susp.
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1) Singles (1,2,3,5)