NCAA Womens Tennis

Bulldogs Hit The Road For A Pair Of SEC Matchups

Bulldogs Hit The Road For A Pair Of SEC Matchups

Mississippi State women’s tennis team is back out on the road again to face Missouri on Friday at 12 p.m. before heading to No. 56 Arkansas on Sunday, also at noon.

Emmanouela Antonaki claimed two ranked victories last weekend, downing No. 96 Loudmilla Bencheikh of Alabama and Auburn’s 46th-ranked Ariana Arseneault. With the two wins, Antonaki has now earned 26 career ranked wins dating back to her freshman year in 2018.

Antonaki leads the team with a 16-8 overall record and is 11-3 in dual-match play.

Transfer Gia Cohen has also earned a ranked win this season, defeating Vanderbilt’s then No. 96 Holly Staff on March 5. The win marked the third ranked win of her career, with the previous two coming at Georgia Tech.

A new pairing in doubles for the Bulldogs is Cohen and Maddie Bemisderfer. The MSU duo was paired together for the first time last Friday against Alabama and earned their first win.

Another Bulldog tandem of Antonaki and Chloé Cirotte also earned a ranked win against Alabama’s No. 58 Bencheikh and Anne Marie Hiser.

MSU heads to Columbia 10-5 overall and 0-4 in the SEC. Missouri heads into the weekend with a 9-7 overall and is also 0-4 in conference play. The Tigers dropped a 5-2 decision against 34th-ranked LSU last Friday and fell 7-0 to No. 2 Texas A&M last Sunday.

Arkansas is currently also 0-4 in in SEC play and 6-7 overall and will play 66th-ranked Ole Miss on Friday.

MSU leads the overall series 8-3 against Missouri and won six straight matches from 2015-20. The Bulldogs will attempt to snap a two-match skid to the Tigers.

Arkansas has claimed the last three matches against the Bulldogs to take a 17-14 edge in the series.

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