STARKVILLE, Miss. – After a standout sophomore campaign that landed her a first-team All-SEC selection, Mississippi State women’s tennis star Georgiana Patrasc was named the ITA Southern Region Player to Watch on Tuesday, the Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced.
Patrasc, who is currently ranked a career-high 49th nationally, has put together a 23-9 record for the 2014 campaign, with 13 of those wins coming in the spring. The Bacau, Romania, native has been a mainstay atop the MSU order, playing all of her contests at the top two positions.
The sophomore has been a regular in the ITA rankings for the year. She has put together seven wins against ranked opponents this season, with three coming against competition in the top 60.
The sophomore’s impact can also be seen in the record books, as she continues to establish herself as one of the greats in MSU tennis history. Patrasc currently sits at 41-23 for her career in singles, and added to her stellar sophomore season by breaking into several top 10 school record categories, including standing fifth all-time in singles winning percentage at .631. She is also in a four-way tie for 10th in single-season wins (23) and sits at eighth in single-season singles win percentage (.742).
“The ITA Player to Watch award is another great honor for Georgiana,” head coach Daryl Greenan said. “She played well and had a bunch of big wins this year. She continues to prove she is a top college player and will play a major role in the rise of our program over the next couple years.”
Due to her impressive play throughout the year, Patrasc earned an at-large selection to the 2014 NCAA Singles Championship, which will be held May 21-26 in Athens, Ga. Patrasc became the seventh player in MSU women’s tennis history to garner a selection to the singles field of 64, and the first since 2007.