STARKVILLE, Miss. - After finishing the fall schedule on a high note, the Mississippi State Women’s Tennis team is prepped to begin its 2014 dual match slate on Sunday, hosting Alabama State. Play is set to begin at 11 a.m. CT at the A.J. Pitts Tennis Centre.
Now entering his fifth season at the helm, head coach Daryl Greenan is anticipating a successful spring season.
“The team and staff are excited to kick off the 2014 season," Greenan said. "The girls had a strong fall and expect to build off those individual results. We have had a good first week of practice on the brand new Pitts Tennis Courts and are ready to start the new season with a win on Sunday."
This year’s squad will feature several familiar faces. Sophomore Georgiana Patrasc enters the spring ranked 86th nationally by the ITA, after finishing the fall campaign with a 10-4 singles record, including a top 40 win. A second-team, All-SEC selection as a freshman last year, Patrasc is looking to transition her fall success into the spring.
Seniors Rosie Dion and Alexandra Perper enter their final season with the Bulldogs this spring, and both finished with their fair share of success in the fall. Dion won the championship of the Boudin Draw in the Ragin’ Cajun Classic, while Perper notched seven singles victories, including a win over the nation’s 51st-ranked player.
Juniors Petra Ferancova and Naomi Tran finished the fall with three wins each. Tran’s three wins came as she claimed the title of her draw in the Robert Alison Fall Classic. True freshman Timea Guibe made her own splash in the fall, picking up six wins, including one over a top 35 foe in her final tournament of the semester.
The Bulldogs have never met Alabama State in women’s tennis action. The Hornets will also be opening their 2014 campaign on Sunday.