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MSU Women’s Tennis Challenges No. 11 Vanderbilt But Falls, 4-2

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Despite the Bulldogs' 4-2 loss to Vanderbilt on Sunday, No. 65 Georgiana Patrasc picked up her fourth SEC win on moving her to 11-3 in dual match play.
Photo Courtesy of Bill Simmonds

STARKVILLE, Miss. – Despite forcing four of six singles matches to third sets, the 61st-ranked Mississippi State women’s tennis team came up just short in another close battle against a top 25 team Sunday afternoon, falling 4-2 to No. 11 Vanderbilt at the A.J. Pitts Tennis Centre.

With the loss, Mississippi State falls to 9-7 on the season and 1-5 in SEC play. Vanderbilt moves to 12-4 and 5-1 in the SEC with the win.

Due to a chance of rain, singles was played first in the match. The Bulldogs fell behind 2-0 early, as senior Rosie Dion fell 6-2, 6-0 on court 3 to the Commodores’ No. 93 Courtney Colton. Sophomore Petra Ferancova was the next to fall, dropping a 6-1, 6-1 decision to VU’s Lauren Mira.

From there, the final four singles matches all went to three sets and State did everything it could to try and claim them all, but Vandy would ultimately prevail.

MSU true freshman Timea Guibe, who is now 10-5 in dual matches as a rookie, rallied to win her second set on court 4, but fell in a 6-3, 3-6, 6-0 decision to VU’s Marie Casares. The Commodores would then clinch the match a short time later. State junior Naomi Tran nearly came back from a 5-1 third-set deficit at No. 6, but finally dropped a tough battle to Ashleigh Antal, 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 at that position.

Mississippi State then outlasted Vanderbilt for solid victories on courts 1 and 2. State’s No. 65 Georgiana Patrasc picked up her fourth SEC victory of the year, defeating Sydney Campbell 6-1, 1-6, 7-6(6) on No. 1, while senior Alexandra Perper grabbed her second SEC win, downing VU’s Frances Altick 6-4, 2-6, 7-6(5) on court 2. Both Bulldogs overcame being down a break in the third set to win. Patrasc moved to 11-3 overall in singles dual matches this spring, while Perper is now 9-3.

"Our girls have worked extremely hard this year," said head coach Daryl Greenan. "If we keep it up, we are going to give ourselves more opportunities for big wins."

The Bulldogs will hit the road this weekend, traveling to No. 57 LSU on Friday, March 21, and No. 39 Arkansas on Sunday, March 23..

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. 11 Vanderbilt 4, No. 61 Mississippi State 2
March 16, 2014 – A.J. Pitts Tennis Centre – Starkville, Miss.

  

Singles

1. No. 65 Georgiana Patrasc (MSU) def. Sydney Campbell (VU), 6-1, 1-6, 7-6(6)

2. Alexandra Perper (MSU) def. Frances Altick (VU), 6-4, 2-6, 7-6(5)

3. No. 93 Courtney Colton (VU) def. Roseline Dion (MSU), 6-2, 6-0

4. Marie Casares (VU) def. Timea Guibe (MSU), 6-3, 3-6, 6-0

5. Lauren Mira (VU) def. Petra Ferancova (MSU), 6-1, 6-1

6. Ashleigh Antal (VU) def. Naomi Tran (MSU), 6-1, 3-6, 6-4

 

Doubles
*Not contested

 

Order of finish

Singles: 3,5,4,6,1,2


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