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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Mississippi State's Lady Bulldog tennis squad (4-2) finished off its first weekend of 2013 road play with an impressive 4-3 win against the Lady Badgers of Wisconsin Saturday in a neutral site matchup.
To begin doubles play, MSU's duo of Petra Ferancova and Georgina Patrasc defeated Wisconsin's pair of Hannah Berner and Helen Rabot at the No. 3 position in an 8-0 decision. Wisconsin's pair of Lauren Chypyha and Lauren Burich evened the doubles score, taking down the Bulldog pair of Lien Van Geel and Sarai Flores 8-2 on court 2.
Alexandra Perper and Naomi Tran for the Lady Bulldogs paired up to clinch the doubles point in favor of MSU, posting an 8-5 win against Katie Hoch and Anastasia Tripolskaya of Wisconsin at the No. 1. position.
Singles played out in favor of the Lady Bulldogs early on, as Perper raised the MSU lead to 2-0 with a 6-2, 6-2 victory against Burner of Wisconsin at the top spot. The Lady Bulldog freshman Flores continued the MSU streak with a 6-1, 6-2 win on court 6 against Helen Rabot for the Lady Badgers.
Patrasc, a native of Romania for the Lady Bulldogs, clinched MSU's fourth victory of the season with an impressive 6-0, 6-3 win over Chypyha of Wisconsin at the No. 2 position.
The Lady Badgers would post three consecutive wins on the remaining courts, beginning with a win for Wisconsin's Burich on court 4. Burich defeated MSU's Ferancova 7-6(6), 3-0 after Ferancova retired. Tripolskaya of Wisconsin followed with a 6-4, 6-4 victory against MSU's Van Geel at the No. 5 position. Hoch of Wisconsin completed the day's competition, downing Tran 6-4, 1-6, 1-0(5) in a closely contested match on court 3.
"The girls did a good job bouncing back and getting a solid win after such a tough loss yesterday," said head coach Daryl Greenan. "Once again, the doubles point was crucial and this time we won that battle."
The Lady Bulldogs will be back in action at the A,J, Pitts Tennis Centre this Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 3 p.m. as they host Samford. Updates for Lady Bulldog tennis can be found at hailstate.com or through Twitter (@mstateWT).
Auburn Improves to 10-1
AUBURN – Auburn women’s tennis defeated No. 56 Tulane, 5-2, and UAB, 7-0, on Saturday at the Yarbrough Tennis Center. With the victories, the Tigers moved to 10-1 on the season, the fastest the program has reached 10 wins since 2002.
Additionally, the 10 victories equal the longest winning streak in school history, and it also marks the first time the No. 59 Tigers have reached 10 wins since 2009.
“It was a very grueling day,” head coach Lauren Longbotham-Meisner said. “We knew it was going to be because both teams are very dangerous. It was an emotional day, as this was our last doubleheader and our last non-conference matches.
“I have put the girls through a lot mentally and physically. It was a challenge for them, but they met it in every spot. I am very proud of our performance. I am very proud of how our doubles is shaping up. Everyone had to grind today, and I am very proud of how the team is doing right now.”
Auburn claimed the doubles point against the Green Wave to begin the day, picking up wins on courts two and three.
Auburn’s Jackie Kasler and Emily Flickinger defeated Jenny Hois and Emma Levy, 8-6. Then on court three, Paulina Schippers and Jen Pfeifler edged out Caroline Magnusson and Caroline Thornton, 8-6.
Tulane’s Klara Vyskocilova and Ipek Birol led against No. 55 Pleun Burgmans and Plamena Kurteva, 5-4, before the match was halted.
In singles, Flickinger defeated Hois on court two, 6-0, 6-4. Kasler then gave the Tigers a 3-0 advantage beating former Auburn Tiger Caroline Thornton 6-1, 6-3 on court four.
On court three, Levy topped Michala Kucharova, 7-5, 6-2 to get the Green Wave on the board.
Pfeifler clinched the match for Auburn on court five, defeating Birol, 6-3, 6-4. Kurteva moved the match to 5-1 in Auburn’s after defeating Magnusson in a third set tiebreaker, 6-4, 5-7, 1-0 (7).
Tulane won its second point of the day as No. 88 Vyskocilova defeated No. 71 Burgmans in three sets, 0-6, 7-6 (6), 6-3.
In the evening match, the Tigers posted a 7-0 shutout victory over UAB.
In doubles, the No. 55 duo of Burgmans and Kurteva made quick work of Rachel Daniell and Menanteau Moolman, 8-1, on court one. The pair won eight-straight games to claim the victory.
Pfeifler and Schippers clinched the doubles point on court two, also winning 8-1 over Sarah Witkowski and Caroline Faught. On court three, Ashley Kitchen and Michala Kucharova completed the doubles sweep defeating Isabel Fernandez and Elaine Simon, 8-4.
In singles, Maria Cardenas Conti put Auburn up 2-0 and moved to 4-0 in dual play, defeating Rachel Cohen, 6-1, 6-0 on court six. On court one, Flickinger raced past Fernandez 6-1, 6-1, for the 3-0 lead. Auburn next clinched the match on court five as Kitchen defeated Simon, 6-0, 6-1.
Flickinger moves to 7-1 in the dual match singles play this spring, while Kitchen is now 5-0.
Auburn gained a 5-0 advantage as Kasler topped Moolman, 6-2, 6-1 on court three. Then on court four, Schippers defeated Amy Lowther, 6-3, 5-2 to push the Auburn advantage to 6-0.
Kucharova completed the shutout with a three-set victory over Daniell, 6-4, 1-6, 1-0 (5).
Auburn finished the month of February with a 9-0 record. The unblemished month included three upset victories over ranked opponents. On the season, the Tigers have claimed four upset victories overall.
“I can say this now, but our goal was to go undefeated in February,” Longbotham-Meisner said. “We accomplished that and we feel good going into SEC play. We have the experience and the confidence going to Mississippi next weekend.”
The Tigers will return to action when they begin SEC play March 1 against Mississippi State at 3 p.m.
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