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MSU Women’s Tennis Drops SEC Opener At No. 10 Alabama

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Alexandra Perper and the Mississippi State women's tennis team fell to No. 10 Alabama to open the SEC schedule.
Photo Courtesy of Bill Simmonds

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – After closing out non-conference play with a four-match winning streak, the Mississippi State women’s tennis team kicked off their SEC slate on the road on Friday, falling 4-0 at No. 10 Alabama.

With the loss, the Bulldogs fall to 8-3 on the season and 0-1 in the SEC.

Shortly after doubles action began, a rain delay would halt play for nearly an hour, until the match was moved indoors. From there, Alabama’s 35th-ranked duo of Luicelena Perez and Emily Zabor would defeat MSU’s Roseline Dion and Petra Ferancova on court 3, 8-1. The Crimson Tide then clinched the doubles point, as State’s Georgiana Patrasc and Naomi Tran dropped an 8-4 decision on No. 2.

The scoring in singles began on court 6, as Ferancova fell 6-0, 6-0 to Natalia Maynetto. After Dion fell 6-1, 6-1 to No. 67 Maya Jansen on No. 3, Alabama would clinch the match, as Tran fell 6-0, 6-3 on court 5 to Perez. Play was then suspended in the final three singles matches.

“The girls played against a very solid Alabama team today,” said assistant coach James Bryce. "Overall, the girls did a good job staying composed and playing in the moment. We need to learn how to finish and execute our opportunities, but we are looking forward to a good practice tomorrow and preparing for Auburn on Sunday."

The Bulldogs will travel to face No. 23 Auburn on Sunday at 1 p.m. AU defeated No. 32 Ole Miss 5-2 to open SEC play Friday. Live stats will be available for Sunday’s match on auburntigers.com.

For more information on the Mississippi State women’s tennis team, fans can follow the Bulldogs on Twitter (@HailStateWT), Facebook (HailStateWT) and Instagram (HailStateWT).


No. 10 Alabama 4, Mississippi State 0
February 28, 2014 – Alabama Tennis Stadium– Tuscaloosa, Ala.

1.     No. 18 Jansen/Routliffe vs. Guibe/Perper (MSU), 6-4 (susp.)

2.     Daines/Spielmann (UA) def. Patrasc/Tran (MSU), 8-6

3.     No. 35 Perez/Zabor (UA) def. Dion/Ferancova (MSU), 8-1


1.     No. 123 Danielle Spielmann (UA) vs. Alexandra Perper (MSU), 6-3, 4-1 (susp.)

2.     No. 75 Erin Routliffe (UA) vs. No. 93 Georgiana Patrasc (MSU), 7-6, 1-1 (susp.)

3.     No. 67 Maya Jansen (UA) def. Roseline Dion (MSU), 6-1, 6-1

4.     Emily Zabor (UA) vs. Timea Guibe (MSU) 6-1, 3-2, (susp.)

5.     Luicelena Perez (UA) def. Naomi Tran (MSU), 6-0, 6-3

6.     Natalia Maynetto (UA) def. Petra Ferancova (MSU), 6-0, 6-0


Order of finish

Doubles:  3, 2

Singles: 6, 3, 5


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