News from MSU Media Relations--Oct. 5

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

Women's Basketball
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Following a program-best NCAA Sweet 16 appearance last season, the Mississippi State women's basketball program announced its 2010-11 schedule on Tuesday. With a 28-game slate, the Lady Bulldogs will play 14 opponents in the confines of the Humphrey Coliseum while playing seven televised games.

Following an exhibition contest with Montevallo on Nov. 7, Mississippi State officially opens its season with South Carolina Upstate on Fri., Nov. 12 as part of a double header with Mississippi State's men's team. The Lady Bulldogs will then play its first road games of the season, heading to Tulane on Nov. 16, followed by a game with South Alabama in Mobile, Ala., on Nov. 23.

To close out the month of November and open December, MSU will host Arkansas-Pine Bluff (Nov. 28), Louisiana Tech (Dec. 1), North Texas (Nov. 4) and Mountain West member Utah (Dec 11).

The Lady Bulldogs will play four of its final five non-conference games away from home. State will travel to Southern Mississippi on Dec. 15 before playing Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio on Dec. 17. After its final non-conference home game against Mississippi Valley State on Dec. 20, State will join Buffalo, Lehigh and Rider at the Christmas City Classic in Bethlehem, Pa. on Dec. 29 and Dec. 30.

Mississippi State will stay on the road to open conference play, traveling to Nashville, Tenn. to face Vanderbilt on Jan. 6. After televised home games with Arkansas and LSU on Jan. 9 and Jan. 13, the Lady Bulldogs will play Kentucky on the road on Jan. 16. State closes out its January slate with Auburn at home, trips to Georgia and Tennessee and finishes with the Florida Gators at home on Jan. 30.

To begin the month of February, State will host Alabama before road trips to Auburn and Ole Miss. Home games against South Carolina and Vanderbilt will follow before traveling to Florida and Alabama. The Lady Bulldogs conclude their regular season with a home game against Ole Miss on Feb. 27.

The 2011 SEC Tournament will be held Mar. 3-6 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.


Men's Tennis
TULSA, Okla. - Malte Stropp, a true freshman for the Mississippi State men's tennis team continues his strong showing at the ITA All-American Championships in Tulsa Okla., while the Bulldogs completed their second day of competition at the major collegiate tennis event.

In his pursuit to qualify for the main draw of the tournament, Stropp won his second match in as many days and advanced to the third and final round of the qualifying draw. On Tuesday Stropp defeated Sergio Ramirez of Baylor in an easy two-set match, 6-1, 6-1, and improved his collegiate record to 3-1 in singles play. With the win Stropp advanced to the third and final round of the qualifying draw where he will face No. 59 nationally ranked Ryan Thacher of Stanford. The winner of the match qualifies for the main draw of the event where fellow Bulldog Louis Cant is waiting as an automatic qualifier based on his national ranking (No. 38) and last season's performance.

Stropp also got into the win column in doubles action, teaming up with Cant in the doubles qualifying draw. The Bulldog tandem tallied their first win as a combo by taking down Larence Formentera and John Warden of Oklahoma, 8-3, in the first round. In second round action, Cant and Stropp's bid to qualify for the main draw fell short with an 8-4 slip up to Texas A&M's Niall Angus and Alexey Grigorov, who were seeded entering the tournament.

A pair of Bulldogs were active in the consolation play of the qualifying draw on Tuesday. MSU's 56th nationally ranked George Coupland won in straight-set fashion, taking down Notre Dame's 112th-ranked Blas Moros, 6-4, 6-2. True freshman Zach White of State dropped his second-straight match, losing to Arthur Surreaux of New Mexico State in a tough three-set battle, 0-6, 6-4, 6-2.

Stropp's match serves up at 9 a.m. CT on Wednesday. Results will be made available at www.mstateathletics.com.


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