News from MSU Media Relations--Sept. 26

The latest sports news from the MSU Media Relations Department...Soccer, Women's Tennis, Men's Tennis, Men's Golf and Women's Golf.

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State's soccer team looks to bounce back in SEC play on Sunday as the Bulldogs head to Tuscaloosa, Ala., for a 1 p.m. showdown with Alabama at the UA Soccer Stadium.

The Bulldogs make the trek to Tuscaloosa 7-3 overall after a 3-1 setback to Auburn in Friday night's league opener. Alabama defeated Ole Miss 2-0 on Friday to improve to 6-2 overall, 1-0 in SEC play.

Freshman Elisabeth Sullivan netted her fourth goal of the season in her first league match. The Memphis, Tenn., native tied sophomore Rachel Wannek for the team lead in both goals and points (11).

Senior Ashley Hood collected the assist on Sullivan's goal, her third of the year and second in as many matches.

Defensively, redshirt sophomore Skylar Rosson stopped a career-best nine shots against the Tigers.

Alabama goalkeeper Justine Bernier also made nine saves Friday night. In four matches, Bernier has made 23 saves while allowing just one goal.

The Crimson Tide attack is paced by Brooke Rogers and Rosaly Petriello. Rogers has collected 10 points on five goals this season, while Petriello has scored four times and assisted on another for nine points.

Alabama leads the overall series and has won a pair of 1-0 decisions in the last two meetings. An own goal proved to be the game winner when the two teams last met in Tuscaloosa in 2008.

Women's Tennis
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Mississippi State sophomore Danielle Terpko had a successful day as she claimed the championship in the Maria Sharapova draw at the Roberta Allison Fall Classic.

"Overall we played very well today," Coach Daryl Greenan said. "We had several good wins and really we figured out the things we need to work on. I am excited to get back to Starkville and begin working on those things."

A native of Pompano Beach, Fla., Terpko battled through a tough three set match in the Maria Sharapova draw as she defeated the #4 seed Caitlin McGraw of Kentucky, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3. In her final match, Terpko ousted Tulane's third seeded Lindsay Dvorak, 6-2, 6-3 to claim her title. Lady Bulldog junior Jordan Zachary also advanced to the consolation finals before falling to Kentucky's Marni Venter, 6-0, 6-3.

MSU junior Mariia Ryzhova withdrew from play during her doubles match this morning due to back soreness from a long match yesterday. She was unable to compete in the rest of her singles matches in the Caroline Wozniacki draw. In the Lindsay Davenport draw, freshman Vivian Pietraroia was defeated in her first round consolation match by Memphis' Kelly Gray, 7-6 (2), 6-2.

In doubles play, Ryzhova and Terpko were unable to compete due to Ryzhova's injury in the first round consolation match of the US Open draw. The Lady Bulldog duo of Pietraroia and Zachary were defeated in their consolation match in the Australian Open draw by Dvorak and Katie Cecil of Tulane, 8-4.

Today's action concluded the Lady Bulldogs' play in the Roberta Allison Fall Classic. MSU will return to the courts next month, Oct. 22, at the ITA Southern Region Indoor Championships in Birmingham, Ala.

Men's Tennis
ATHENS, Ga. - Tanner Stump, a senior from Bradenton, Fla., claimed the only victory for the Mississippi State men's tennis team in day two of the Southern Intercollegiate Championship in Athens, Ga.

Stump defeated John Taylor of Memphis in the first consolation match of the Division II draw in singles. Stump claimed the opening set, 7-5, dropped a 5-7 decision in the second set and won easily in a super tiebreaker, 10-1, to win the third set and the match. Stump advances in consolation play which will resume on Sunday, Sept. 26.

True freshman Malte Stropp slipped up in a straight-set match to Juan Pir of Georgia Tech, 6-3, 6-1, in the second round of the Division I draw in singles. Also competing in the second round of the Division I draw, true freshman Zach White dropped a two-set battle to Cesare Gallo of Stetson, 6-2, 7-6(5). In Division II singles draw, junior Hrehan Hakeem lost a close three-set bout in the third round to Juan Carlos-Acuna, 6-2, 3-6, 7-6(6).

In doubles action for the Maroon and White, the Bulldog tandem of Hakeem and Stump slipped up, 8-3, to LSU's Jordan Girdley and David Roberts in the second round of the Division II doubles draw.

"The fall is a progression period where we're looking to improve and work with the players," Coach Per Nilsson said. "We saw some really good things and we need to improve. It was great to play some real matches in this tournament."

The Bulldogs will conclude tournament action on Sunday, Sept. 26. Results will be made available at

Men's Golf
FRANKLIN, Tenn. - Mississippi State improved its second round score by two strokes in second round action at the Mason Rudolph Championship which is being played at the par-71 Legends Club in Franklin, Tenn. The Bulldog men's golf team fired a team score of 290, two strokes better than their first round efforts for a two-round total of 582.

The Memphis Tigers lead the 17-team field with a 10-under-par two round total. SEC-foe South Carolina is in second, followed by third-place Oklahoma, while in-state rival Ole Miss and host-school Vanderbilt round out the top five. MSU is in tenth and are currently 14-over-par.

A pair of Bulldogs are currently in the top 10 of the 89-player individual field. True freshman Chad Ramey and junior Lee Heaton both are in a tie for eighth with two-round totals equaling 141. Ramey posted an even-par 71 on Saturday, while Heaton gave a 1-under-par effort for today's action and was MSU's leader in birdies made in the second round with five.

True freshman Axel Boasson has a two-round score of 147. Sophomore Robi Calvesbert improved three strokes on day two of the tournament with a 75 and classmate Brad Mason matched Calvesbert's second round total and improved six strokes from the opening day.

"We continue to struggle from 125 yards and in," Coach Clay Homan said. "When we improve that we will be a competitive team. We have two or three play well each round but it takes four to put together a good team score."

The Bulldogs will conclude tournament play on Sunday, Sept. 26. MSU will tee off at 7:30 a.m. CT. Live stats will be available at

Women's Golf
STARKVILLE, MISS. - Heading east for the second time in as many tournaments this fall, the Mississippi State Lady Bulldog golf team tees off in the UNCG Starmount Fall Classic in Greensboro, N.C. on Sunday.

Originally scheduled to be played at Starmount Forest Country Club, the tournament has been moved to Bryan Park Country Club due to course related issues.

MSU will be the only SEC school participating in the event. Other schools teeing up alongside the Lady Bulldogs will be East Carolina, East Tennessee State, Furman, Gardner-Webb, High Point, Maryland, Miami, UNC-Wilmington, NC State, Penn State, Stetson, UNCG, Western Carolina and Winthrop.

Seniors Malory Batson and Erika Thornton, along with freshmen Esther Huffman and Mary Langdon Gallagher, will be making their second tournament this fall. Junior Perry Katherine Furr will be making her first tournament of the season and the ninth of her career.

Although coach Ginger Brown-Lemm was not happy with the results of the Duramed Cougar Classic, her squad saw improvement. The lady linksters managed to reduce the team stroke average by five from last season and jump almost 20 spots in the rankings.

The UNCG-hosted tournament will tee off at 7:30 a.m. using a shotgun starting format.

Live stats will be available on for each round.

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