STARKVILLE, Miss. – As the 2013 fall campaign nears a close, the Mississippi State women’s tennis team continues to find success in the final days of the semester, playing in two different tournaments this weekend to close out action.
On the second day in the Jack Kramer Invite in Los Angeles, State’s Georgiana Patrasc, seeded third in the event and ranked 76th nationally, defeated Mimi Fotopoulos of TCU 6-3, 7-5 in the round of 16 Friday. Patrasc then went on to play seventh-seeded and 79th-ranked Kaitlin Ray of UCLA in the quarterfinals, where the Bulldog notched another impressive win, 7-5, 6-4. With the two victories, Patrasc advances into the semifinals on Saturday where she will take on 56th-ranked Gabby Desimone of Southern Cal.
In doubles, Patrasc teamed with Roseline Dion to notch an exciting 8-7(9) win in the round of 16 Friday against TCU’s pair of Simona Parajova and Stefanie Tan. State fended off seven match points to finally claim the victory. The Bulldog duo will moves into the quarterfinals of the event, where they will play Ferny Angeles Paz and Noelle Malley of Ohio State.
Other singles action of the Jack Kramer Invite included Dion’s win against Priscila Garcia of UCSB 6-3, 6-3 in her second consolation match of the event.
Across the country at the 2013 Lakewood Ranch Dick Vitale Intercollegiate Clay Court Classic in Sarasota, Fla., the Bulldogs came away with some highlights in both singles and doubles action.
True freshman Timea Guibe notched the biggest win of her young career to date, stunning 35th-ranked and top-seeded Britney Sanders of Notre Dame 6-4, 7-6(3) to claim her first career victory over a ranked opponent. Guibe then advanced to the second round, falling in a hard-fought match to Princeton’s Alanna Wolff in three sets 2-6, 7-5, 6-1.
Guibe shined in doubles action as well. Paired with Petra Ferancova, the duo rallied from a 4-1 deficit to defeat Marta Morga and Liza Tymchenko of Memphis 8-5. They later faced third-seeded Courtney Colton and Sydney Campbell of Vanderbilt, where they dropped a tough match 8-3.
Meanwhile, the top-seeded and 48th-ranked duo of Alexandra Perper and Naomi Tran received a bye in the first round, before facing Stesanie Mikesz and Anki Wind of Memphis in the quarterfinals. Perper and Tran dropped the hard-fought match 8-7(4).
In other singles’ action on Friday at Lakewood Ranch, Perper defeated Auburn’s Lindsey Whitehead 6-3, 6-2 in the first round. She then advanced into the second round of action, falling to second-seeded and 64th-ranked Brianna Morgan of Florida 6-3, 6-1.
Ferancova dropped her first round match to sixth-seeded Caroline Wegner of Memphis 6-2, 6-2, but rebounded nicely in the first round of the consolation draw, defeating Maria Alvarez of Oklahoma State 6-2, 6-3. Ferancova will have a bye tomorrow, before facing Julie Sabacinski of Notre Dame in the consolation quarterfinals.
Tran fell in her first round match to fifth-seeded Belinda Woolcock of Florida 6-2, 6-0. Later, Tran would fall again in the first round of the consolation draw, dropping a nailbiter to Paula De Man of Auburn 7-5, 3-6, 1-0(9).
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MSU Results At The 2013 Jack Kramer Invitational
November 8, 2013 – Los Angeles, Calif.
Singles– Main Draw
Round of 16— #76 Georgiana Patrasc (Mississippi State) def. Mimi Fotopoulos (TCU) 6-3, 7-5
Quarterfinals— #76 Patrasc (Mississippi State) def.  #79 Kaitlin Ray (UCLA) 7-5, 6-4
Rosie Dion (Mississippi State) def. Priscila Garcia (UCSB) 6-3, 6-3
Round of 16 – Rosie Dion/Georgiana Patrasc (Mississippi State) def.  Simona Parajova/Stefanie Tan (TCU) 8-7(9)
MSU Results At The 2013 Lakewood Ranch-Dick Vitale Intercollegiate Clay Court Classic
November 8, 2013 – Sarasota, Fla.
First Round—Timea Guibe (Mississippi State) def.  #35 Britney Sanders of (Notre Dame) 6-4, 7-6(3); Alexandra Perper (Mississippi State) def. Lindsey Whitehead (Auburn) 6-3, 6-2;  Caroline Wegner (Memphis) def. Petra Ferancova (Mississippi State) 6-2, 6-2;  Belinda Woolcock (Florida) def. Naomi Tran (Mississippi State) 6-2, 6-0
Second Round—Alanna Wolff (Princeton) def. Guibe (Mississippi State) 2-6, 7-5, 6-1:  #64 Brianna Morgan (Florida) def. Perper (MSU) 6-3, 6-1.
First Round—Ferancova (Mississippi State) def. Maria Alvarez (Oklahoma State) 6-2, 6-3.; Paula De Man (Auburn) def. Tran (Mississippi State) 7-5, 3-6, 1-0(9)
Numbers preceding names are current national rankings; tournament seedings in brackets