Sophomore and No. 65-ranked Georgiana Patrasc enters the weekend with a 4-1 SEC record and an 11-3 dual match mark. Patrasc has picked up three victories over ranked SEC opponents this spring, and could earn her fourth this weekend. Senior Alexandra Perper and freshman Timea Guibe have also been playing solid as of late, with both players holding two SEC victories. Perper picked up her last victory on Sunday, defeating Frances Altick on Vanderbilt at the No. 2 position. In doubles, State is led by the 40th-ranked duo of Perper and Naomi Tran.
LSU is led by freshman Joanna Vale Costa, who is ranked at No. 69 in the ITA singles rankings. Vale Costa is 8-5 overall and 1-4 in SEC play, and picked up a big win over No. 29 Pleun Bergmans from Auburn earlier this year. Freshman Abigail Owens is also playing well, winning six of her last 10 singles matches.
Arkansas does not have any players ranked in singles or doubles, but the team is presently ranked at No. 46 in the country. The Razorbacks just earned their first SEC win of the season, rallying from a 3-0 deficit to defeat Missouri 4-3 on Sunday.
“We’ve been competing better than ever this year,” said head coach Daryl Greenan. “I expect a couple battles this weekend. LSU has a player ranked in the Top 70 in the country, and we do as well with Georgiana Patrasc, so I think that will be a good battle. We match up pretty evenly all the way down, one through six, and the same in doubles. It’s going to be anyone’s match against both opponents and I think that if we keep doing what we’re doing, I think we have a shot at winning both. That’s what we’re going to go for.”
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