ORLANDO, Fla. – No. 47 Emmanouela Antonaki battled hard against 28th-ranked Carson Tanguilig in the opening round of the NCAA Singles Championship on Monday.
But Antonaki saw her Mississippi State career come to a close following a 6-3, 1-6, 6-1 defeat against Tanguilig, whose North Carolina team won the NCAA Team Championship on Saturday.
“I thought Emmanouela competed well today and did a great job finding herself in the second set against a really talented player,” said men’s tennis head coach Matt Roberts, who trained Antonaki through the NCAA Championship. “She ran into a tough player today, but I was proud of her and how she trained and competed the last couple of weeks with us.”
Antonaki was the first women Bulldog to compete in the NCAA Singles Championship four times during their career. She reached the round of 16 at the event in 2021.
The graduate from Athens, Greece finished the season 19-15 overall and 14-10 during dual-match play. Her 19 victories and five ranked wins leads the team in both categories.
Antonaki concluded her career with 98 singles victories, which puts her atop of career singles wins in MSU history. She also ranks first in the Mississippi State record book in career combined wins with 179.
“I wish we could have had more time working together because I really enjoyed working with her,” Roberts said. “I believe she’s got a lot of potential and a lot of game. I look forward to how she does in her tournaments this summer and hopefully starts a pro career.”
With the win, Tanguilig improved to 29-9 on the year and 20-5 during dual-match play.
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