BATON ROUGE, La. – After spending the previous two weekends at home, the 69th-ranked Mississippi State women’s tennis team traveled to No. 55 LSU on Friday, falling to the Tigers 4-1, but not without applying some pressure in the later stages of the match.
With the loss, the Bulldogs fall to 9-8 overall and 1-6 in the SEC. LSU improves to 9-7 overall and 2-5 in conference action.
The Bulldogs jumped out to a quick start in doubles action, as the duo of Petra Ferancova and Georgiana Patrasc picked up their second SEC victory on court 3, defeating LSU’s Noel Scott and Ella Taylor 8-2. Mississippi State would then clinch the doubles point, as the 40th-ranked duo of Alexandra Perper and Naomi Tran earned an 8-5 win on court 1 over LSU’s Skylar Holloway and Gabrielle Otero. Doubles play was then suspended, with MSU’s Rosie Dion and Timea Guibe trailing 6-3 at the No. 2 position.
LSU would fire back with some momentum of its own in singles play, as MSU’s Tran fell 6-3, 6-2 on No. 5 to Taylor. The Bulldogs’ Ferancova would be the next to fall, dropping a 6-3, 6-2 decision on court 6 to Holloway. LSU led 2-1.
The remaining four matches all went to third sets, with State needing three for a win. After fighting back to take the second set at No. 2, MSU’s Perper fell in a tough 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 decision on court 2 to Scott. LSU would then clinch the match with another tight win as Abigail Owens held off the State true freshman Guibe 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 at the No. 3 spot.
Singles action was then suspended, with MSU’s Patrasc trailing 5-4 in the third set on No. 1 and Bulldog Dion tied at 3-3 in the third on court 4.
Mississippi State will return to action on Sunday, as it travels to No. 46 Arkansas. The Razorbacks (8-10 overall, 1-6 SEC) grabbed the doubles point early, but fell 4-2 to No. 32 Ole Miss on Friday. Match time in Fayetteville is set for Noon. Live stats will be provided on arkansasrazorbacks.com.
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No. 55 LSU 4, No. 69 Mississippi State 1
March 21, 2014 – W.T. “Dub” Robinson Stadium – Baton Rouge, La.
1. No. 69 Joana Vale Costa (LSU) vs. No. 65 Georgiana Patrasc (MSU), 2-6, 7-6, 5-4 (susp.)
2. Noel Scott (LSU) def. Alexandra Perper (MSU), 6-1, 4-6, 6-4
3. Abigail Owens (LSU) def. Timea Guibe (MSU), 6-2, 4-6, 6-4
4. Roseline Dion (MSU) vs. Gabrielle Otero (LSU), 7-5, 2-6, 3-3, (susp.)
5. Ella Taylor (LSU) def. Naomi Tran (MSU), 6-3, 6-2
6. Skylar Holloway (LSU) def. Petra Ferancova (MSU), 6-3, 6-2
Order of finish