STARKVILLE, Miss. – After a couple rain delays and a move indoors the No. 44 Arkansas women’s tennis team dropped a 4-1 decision at No. 59 Mississippi State on Sunday afternoon at the A.J. Pitts Tennis Centre.
With the loss the Razorbacks fall to 11-6 overall and 1-2 in conference play, while Mississippi State improves to 11-3 on the season and 2-2 in SEC competition.
MSU got on the board first in doubles, as the duo of Jasmine Lee and Georgiana Patrasc blanked the Arkansas tandem of Makenzie Craft and Mia Jurasic, 8-0, on court two. The loss gave the Razorback duo their first SEC defeat of the season. MSU clinched the doubles clinch point at No. 3, as the duo of Timea Guibe and Louise Ronaldson defeated Nicole Breaux and Sasha Shkorupeieva 8-3.
Doubles play was then suspended following the clinch, with Shannon Hudson and Yuliya Lysa locked in a 6-6 tie on court one against Martina Frantova and Naomi Tran.
In singles action, Mississippi State won matches at No. 3 and No. 2 to take a 3-0 lead in the match. Craft fell to Martina Frantova (No. 3) 6-3, 6-3, while Hudson lost to Jasmine Lee 6-1, 6-1. The Razorbacks picked up their first point of the match (3-1) when Lysa defeated 75th-ranked Georgiana Patrasc at No. 1 (6-3, 6-2).
Following two rain delays that lasted over an hour and half combined, the match was moved indoors to McCarthy Gym. There, Jennifer Brown sealed the win for the Bulldogs on No. 5, as she picked up a 7-5, 6-3 win against Mia Jurasic.
Singles play was suspended with Sasha Shkorupeieva leading Louise Ronaldson 5-7, 6-3, 1-0 at No. 4 and Flavia Araujo trailing Timea Guibe 6-3, 0-2 on court 6.
Arkansas will return to action on Friday, March 13, as the Razorbacks host No. 2 Florida at the Billingsley Tennis Center. The match is slated for a 12 p.m. CT start, with live stats being provided via ArkansasRazorbacks.com.
No. 59 Mississippi State 4, No. 44 Arkansas 1
March 8, 2015 – A.J. Pitts Tennis Centre – Starkville, Miss.
1. Frantova/Tran (MSU) vs. Hudson/Lysa (ARK), 6-6, susp.
2. Lee/Patrasc (MSU) def. Craft/Jurasic (ARK), 8-0
3. Guibe/Ronaldson (MSU) def. Breaux/Shkorupeieva (ARK), 8-3
1. Yuliya Lysa (ARK) def. No. 75 Georgiana Patrasc (MSU), 6-3, 6-2
2. Jasmine Lee (MSU) def. Shannon Hudson (ARK), 6-1, 6-1
3. Martina Frantova (MSU) def. Makenzie Craft (ARK), 6-3, 6-3
4. Louise Ronaldson (MSU) vs. Sasha Shkorupeieva (ARK), 7-5, 3-6, 0-1, susp.
5. Jennifer Brown (MSU) def. Mia Jurasic (ARK), 7-5, 6-3
6. Timea Guibe (MSU) vs. Flavia Araujo (ARK), 6-3, 0-2, susp.
Order of finish