With the win, the Bulldogs improved to 4-1 on the season and 2-1 on the road.
The Bulldogs got off to a good start in doubles play, as the duo of Rosie Dion and Petra Ferancova defeated SFA’s Macarena Sedano Acosta and Valeria Terentyeva 8-2 on court 3. Timea Guibe and Alexandra Perper would clinch the doubles point, with an 8-1 win on No. 1 over Denise Maxl and Rachel Pierce. Georgiana Patrasc and Naomi Tran also took a highly contested 8-5 decision on court 2 over SFA’s Malena Gordo and Laura Servise.
The Ladyjacks were able to take the first singles point of the afternoon, as MSU freshman Rosalinda Calderon fell 6-2, 6-3 to Servise at No. 6. However, the Bulldogs quickly answered, as Dion took her match 6-3, 6-2 on Court 4 over Acosta. Perper would also pick up a win just a few minutes later, defeating Maxl 7-5, 6-1 on No. 1, putting the Bulldogs ahead 3-1.
A huge win from the 72nd-ranked Patrasc would clinch the match in favor of State, as she defeated Gordo 6-2, 6-4 on No. 2.
Guibe and Tran would split the remainder of action, with a 7-5, 6-4 win on court 3 and a 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 loss on Court 5, respectively.
“Our girls worked hard for the win today,” said head coach Daryl Greenan. “The conditions were a big challenge. We haven’t played outside all week and the heavy winds made it tougher to find a rhythm or feel for the ball. But I was happy with how we handled ourselves. It was a solid win for us.”
The Bulldogs will stay in Houston to face the University of Houston on Sunday at 10 a.m. Live stats will be provided on uhcougars.com.
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Mississippi State 5, Stephen F. Austin 2
February 14, 2014 – Houston, Texas
1. Guibe/Perper (MSU) def. Maxl/Rachel Pierce (SFA), 8-1
2. Patrasc/Tran (MSU) def. Gordo/Servise (SFA), 8-5
3. Dion/Ferancova (MSU) def. Terentyeva/Acosta (SFA), 8-2
1. Alexandra Perper (MSU) def. Denise Maxl (SFA), 7-5, 6-1
2. No. 72 Georgiana Patrasc (MSU) def. Malena Gordo (SFA), 6-2, 6-4
3. Timea Guibe (MSU) def. Julia Lorca (SFA), 7-5, 6-4
4. Roseline Dion (MSU) def. Macarena Sedano Acosta (SFA), 6-3, 6-2
5. Valeria Terentyeva (SFA) def. Naomi Tran (MSU), 6-1, 4-6, 6-4
6. Laura Servise (SFA) def. Rosalinda Calderon (MSU), 6-2, 6-3
Order of finish
Doubles: 3, 1, 2
Singles: 6, 4, 1, 2, 3, 5