March 9, 2014
STARKVILLE, Miss. - The University of Tennessee women's tennis team split in singles action but narrowly fell to Mississippi State on the road 4-3 on Sunday afternoon.
The Lady Vols (4-7, 0-3 SEC) dropped just its fifth ever match to the Bulldogs (9-5, 1-3) and fourth in Starkville, the first loss against Mississippi State since March 27, 2005, also in Starkville.
Tennessee fell behind early dropping the doubles point with losses at No 1. and No. 3 doubles. Eve Repic and Victoria Olivarez fell by a 8-3 score on court one while the newly formed team of Joanna Henderson and Tiffany Tavares who had never played together before today fell in a close 8-6 contest.
Mississippi State went up 2-0 as No. 55 Eve Repic fell 6-2, 6-2 match on court one to No. 93 Georgiana Patrasc.
The Lady Vols took a brief 3-2 lead when Tiffany Tavares rallied for a 7-5, 6-3 win on court six, but Mississippi State tied things up as Alexandra Perper edged Joanna Henderson on court two, 7-6 (3), 6-4.
Mississippi State narrowly took the win with a 7-6 (4), 6-4 win on court four with Timea Guibe edging Victoria Olivarez for match point.
The Lady Vols will return to action at home next Friday, March 14 when they face off against Florida at 4 p.m. at Barksdale Stadium. The weekend will conclude against South Carolina on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Tennis Match Results
Tennessee vs Mississippi State
March 9, 2014 at Starkville, Miss.
(A.J. Pitts Tennis Centre)
Mississippi State 4, #42 Tennessee 3
1. #93 Georgiana Patrasc (MSU) def. #55 Eve Repic (UT) 6-2, 6-2
2. Alexandra Perper (MSU) def. Joanna Henderson (UT) 7-6 (3), 6-4
3. Laurence Guevremont (UT) def. Roseline Dion (MSU) 6-3, 6-2
4. Timea Guibe (MSU) def. Victoria Olivarez (UT) 7-6 (4), 6-4
5. Brittany Lindl (UT) def. Naomi Tran (MSU) 7-5, 6-3
6. Tiffany Tavares (UT) def. Petra Ferancova (MSU) 7-5, 6-3
1. Alexandra Perper/Naomi Tran (MSU) def. Eve Repic/Victoria Olivarez (UT) 8-3
2. Roseline Dion/Timea Guibe (MSU) vs. Laurence Guevremont/Brittany Lindl (UT) 6-4, unf.
3. Petra Ferancova/Georgiana Patrasc (MSU) def. Joanna Henderson/Tiffany Tavares (UT) 8-6
Mississippi State 9-5, 1-3
Tennessee 4-7, 0-3; National ranking #42
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (1,3,5,6,2,4)