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No. 24 Kentucky Overcomes Deficit to Defeat No. 61 Mississippi State

Junior Kelsey Dieters tied the match for Kentucky against the Bulldogs.

Junior Kelsey Dieters tied the match for Kentucky against the Bulldogs.

March 14, 2014

STARKVILLE, Miss. – Sophomore Kirsten Lewis helped the No. 24 University of Kentucky women's tennis team escape No. 61 Mississippi State, Friday, March 14 in Starkville, Miss. Kentucky overcame a 3-1 deficit to top the Bulldogs, 4-3. Kentucky moves to 14-3 (4-1 SEC) for the season.

"Our team just had a very special win and all of the credit goes to our players," Kentucky head coach Carlos Drada said. "They played with great discipline during key moments."

Off to a strong start in doubles, Kentucky led 1-0 taking the doubles point behind wins at the No. 2 and No. 3 positions. Junior Edmée Morin-Kougoucheff and Lewis got the first win of the match at the No. 3 doubles position. A decisive win over Petra Ferancova and Georgiana Patrasc, the Kentucky duo toppled the Bulldogs, 8-4. In a hard fought battle at No. 2 doubles, Nadia Ravita and Aldila Sutjiadi pulled out the win. In a tiebreak, the Jakarta, Indonesia natives defeated Roseline Dion and Timea Guibe, 8-7 (5) and gave Kentucky the early lead.

Mississippi State started off singles with three consecutive wins to lead the Wildcats, 3-1. Down, but not out, Kentucky responded with three singles wins of its own to claim the match. Sutjiadi was the first Wildcat to get on the board with a singles win. Competing at No. 2 singles, the freshman defeated senior Alexandra Perper, 6-3, 7-5. Junior Kelsey Dieters tied the match with a win at No. 3 singles. The Shelby Twp., Mich. Native knocked off Roseline Dion, 6-4, 6-3. The deciding match came down to Lewis who was in the midst of a tiebreak set at No. 5 singles. Lewis clinched the match, 6-2, 4-6, 6-1 and sent Kentucky home with its fourth conference win.

"I knew that if I competed hard and stayed calm, then I would put myself in a good position to win," Lewis said. "I am proud of my team and I'm thankful that I was able to win the match for them."

Kentucky will travel to Oxford, Miss. to take on Ole Miss. The match is slated to begin at 1 p.m. ET at the Palmer/Salloum Tennis Center.

No. 24 Kentucky 4, No. 61 Mississippi State 3
March 14, 2014 – A.J. Pitts Tennis Centre – Starkville, Miss.

 

Doubles
1. Alexandra Perper/Naomi Tran (MSU) def. No. 56 Caitlin McGraw/CeCe Witten (UK), 8-5

2. Nadia Ravita/Aldila Sutjiadi (UK) def. Roseline Dion/Timea Guibe (MSU), 8-7(5)

3. Kristen Lewis/Edmee Morin (UK) def. Petra Ferancova/Georgiana Patrasc (MSU), 8-4

 

Singles
1. No. 65 Georgiana Patrasc (MSU) def. No. 54 Nadia Ravita (UK), 6-2, 6-4

2. Aldila Sutjiadi (UK) def. Alexandra Perper (MSU), 6-3, 7-5

3. Kelsey Dieters (UK) def. Roseline Dion (MSU), 6-4, 6-3

4. Timea Guibe (MSU) def. Edmee Morin (UK), 6-2, 6-2

5. Kirsten Lewis (UK) def. Petra Ferancova (MSU), 6-2, 4-6, 6-1

6. Naomi Tran (MSU) def. Caitlin McGraw (UK), 6-3, 6-2

  

Order of finish

Doubles:  1,3,2

Singles: 6,1,4,2,3,5


 

 

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