STARKVILLE, Miss. – Continuing a tradition of excellence in the classroom, the Mississippi State women’s tennis squad earned a cumulative 3.70 grade point average for the spring, topping all women’s sports at MSU and placing second amongst all sports at State for the 2014 spring semester.
Five MSU women’s tennis student-athletes received Presidential Scholar honors by earning GPA’s of 3.80 or higher, with senior Rosie Dion, junior Naomi Tran and freshman Timea Guibe earning 4.00s in the spring. Also receiving Presidential Scholar honors were senior Sasha Perper (3.80) and freshman Martina Frantova (3.83).
Earning Dean’s Scholar honors for the spring semester was Petra Ferancova. The junior posted a 3.50 GPA. Sophomore Georgiana Patrasc and freshman Rosalinda Calderon posted a 3.12 and 3.00, respectively, to put all eight scholarship student-athletes with a 3.00 or higher.
“Our girls typically do an excellent job in the classroom,” head coach Daryl Greenan said. “This semester was no exception and I am proud of their accomplishments. It is even more impressive that English is a second language for most of them.”
On the court, the Bulldogs continued to make strides, as Greenan’s squad once again earned national rankings, placing as high as 61st this season. State posted a pair of ranked wins, including a 4-3 upset of No. 42 Tennessee, MSU’s first win against the Volunteers since 1987. The win also marked the highest ranked win for MSU since 2012.
Individually, Georgiana Patrasc (49th) and the duo of Perper and Tran (48th) currently hold places in the ITA National Rankings. 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. She was a first-team, All-SEC selection this spring.