STARKVILLE, Miss. - The Mississippi State women's golf team will tee off the Ginger Brown-Lemm era Sunday at the Duramed Cougar Classic in Charleston, S.C. The three-day, three-round tournament format will consist of 54 holes at the Yeamans Hall Club.
The tournament field will be comprised of 21 teams, with MSU being one of five SEC clubs at the event. Teeing up alongside the Lady Bulldogs will be Charleston Southern, host College of Charleston, Florida State, Florida, Furman, Kentucky, Maryland, Miami, Minnesota, North Carolina, NC State, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Penn State, Richmond, South Carolina, South Florida, Central Florida, North Carolina-Greensboro and Wisconsin.
Brown-Lemm will send a solid, but young, group to the Duramed Cougar Classic. Erika Thornton and Mallory Batson will begin their final season in the Maroon and White, while freshmen Esther Huffman and Mary Langdon Gallagher will be starting their first. Sophomore Maria Ross will also be playing in the tournament.
"I am very optimistic about the first tournament of the season," said Brown-Lemm. We have worked hard, have two seniors leading the squad and two freshman bringing up the back. We are working on our team-building confidence as a unit. We embark on our first trip with a very positive plan, committed to getting the job done no matter the conditions or circumstances. It will take time to build, but we are moving in the right direction - up!"
AUBURN, Ala. - Mississippi State's Lady Bulldog tennis team finished their second round of action Saturday at the SEC Fall Coaches' Classic.
Six of the seven Lady Bulldogs saw consolation action on the second day of the tournament. In Flight 1B, State junior Olesya Tsigvintseva battled Rachael Dillon of Vanderbilt strong but was outlasted 7-6, 6-3. Lady Bulldog junior Mariia Ryzhova was defeated by Kentucky's Jessica Stiles 6-3, 6-3 in Flight 2B. MSU's Danielle Terpko dropped a close first set to Madeleine Saari-Bystrom of South Carolina before finally falling 6-4, 6-0.
Jordan Zachary, Roseline Dion and Elizabeth Hall also fell in straight sets in their respective matches. Hall had a solid effort for the second straight day in Flight 5B, succumbing to Tennessee's Kayla McMurry 7-5, 6-3.
In doubles play, which concluded Saturday, the Lady Bulldog duo of Tsigvintseva and Terpko was defeated by Auburn's tandem of Paulina Schippers and Emily Newton 8-5 in Flight 2. In Flight 3, the MSU pair of Zachary and Hall was defeated by Ole Miss' duo of Laura van de Stroet and Vivian Vlaar 8-3. State's freshman tandem of Pietraroia and Dion was ousted 8-2 by LSU's duo of Whitney Wolf and Yvette Vlaar, in Flight 4.
Play in the tournament will comclude Sunday with the final round of singles play.