With the loss, the Bulldogs dropped to 9-13 on the season and 1-11 in the SEC. The Tigers improved to 7-19 and 1-11 in conference play.
Mississippi State fell behind early in doubles, as the duo of Petra Ferancova and Georgiana Patrasc fell 8-0 on court 3 to MU’s Kelli Hine and Cassidy Spearman. However, the Bulldogs would rebound with comeback victories on courts 1 and 2.
On No. 1, 56th-ranked Bulldogs Alexandra Perper and Naomi Tran rallied from 7-4 down to defeat Cierra Gaytan-Leach and Rachel Stuhlmann 8-7(4). State would then clinch the doubles point, thanks to a hard-fought 8-6 win on No. 2 by Rosie Dion and Timea Guibe, who also came back from an early deficit, defeating Alex Clark and Madison Rhyner.
Missouri would get off to a hot start in singles play, quickly regaining the momentum by winning three straight matches. The first came on court 6, as MSU’s Rosalinda Calderon fell 6-3, 6-3 to Spearman. Court 2 would be the next to finish, where State’s Perper dropped a 6-3, 6-2 decision to MU’s Hine. MSU’s 66th-ranked Patrasc then fell on No. 1 in a very close affair, 6-4, 6-4 to Gaytan-Leach. It was Patrasc’s first singles loss since March 7.
Down 3-1, the Bulldogs would continue to fight, as Guibe earned a tough 6-4, 6-3 win on court 3 over Stuhlmann. However, Missouri would end the match just moments later, as Alex Clark completed a 6-4, 6-4 win on court 5 over Tran after the Bulldog junior had won three straight games to close the second-set margin.
Singles play was suspended with MSU’s Rosie Dion on the brink of a win, leading 7-5, 5-3 over Missouri’s Madison Rhyner at No. 4.
The Bulldogs will conclude the 2014 regular season at No. 10 Texas A&M on Sunday in a Noon CT matchup. Live stats will be provided via aggieathletics.com.
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Missouri 4, Mississippi State 2
April 11, 2014 – Mizzou Tennis Complex – Columbia, Mo.
2. Roseline Dion/TImea Guibe (MSU) def. Alex Clark/Madison Rhyner (MU), 8-6
1. Cierra Gaytan-Leach (MU) def. No. 66 Georgiana Patrasc (MSU), 6-4, 6-4
2. Kelli Hine (MU) def. Alexandra Perper (MSU), 6-3, 6-2
3. Timea Guibe (MSU) def. Rachel Stuhlmann (MU), 6-4, 6-3
4. Rosie Dion (MSU) vs. Madison Rhyner (MU), 7-5, 5-3, susp.
5. Alex Clark (MU) def. Naomi Tran (MSU), 6-4, 6-4
6. Cassidy Spearman (MU) def. Rosalinda Calderon (MSU), 6-3, 6-3
Order of finish