STARKVILLE, Miss. - The Volleyball Bulldogs take aim at ending some pesky streaks this weekend when Mississippi State (10-8, 2-5 SEC) resumes interdivisional conference play with road matches at No. 24 Tennessee (13-4, 5-3) and defending SEC East champion Kentucky (9-9, 3-5 SEC).
State faces the Lady Vols in a 6 p.m. (CT) match Friday at Thompson-Boling Arena before squaring off Sunday at 12:30 p.m. (CT) against UK's Wildcats at Memorial Coliseum.
In competition last weekend at the Newell-Grissom Building, coach Jenny Hazelwood's second Mississippi State volleyball edition dropped a five-set thriller to South Carolina and bowed in straight sets to now-top ranked Florida. The Bulldogs will be looking to end a run of 10 consecutive home court Tennessee wins over State and to register their first series win in Lexington where UK has claimed all 20 previous matches.
Junior Caitlin Rance (Kingwood, Texas) leads the Bulldog attack with 245 kills, third-most in the Southeastern Conference. Senior middle blocker Ashley Newsome (Florence, Ala.) is right behind with 208 kills and paces State at the net with 81 total blocks, just off the SEC lead.
With 35 digs last weekend, senior libero Kayla Woodard (Addison, Ala.) became the fifth player in Mississippi State volleyball history to reach the 1,200-dig milestone in career digs. She enters the weekend 36 digs away from tying former All-SEC standout Jennifer Shupe (1996-1999) for the No. four spot among MSU's all-time career digs leaders.
Following this weekend's Tennessee-Kentucky road run, the Bulldogs close out the first half of their 20-match SEC schedule Oct. 20 with a Wednesday night (7 p.m.) home match against SEC West Rival Alabama. Two nights later (Oct. 22) State entertains instate SEC rival Ole Miss in a 7 p.m. Friday match that kicks off 2010 Homecoming festivities on the MSU campus.
LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Mississippi State's women's golf team climbed the team standings once again, firing a final-round 295 to finish tied for third place at the Price's Give ‘Em Five Invitational in Las Cruces, N.M.
Head coach Ginger Brown-Lemm's squad shot an 883 for the tournament, the second-lowest 54-hole score in program history behind the 1999 squad's 864 in the Lady Seminole Invitational.
Wednesday's stellar third round came a day after MSU fired a school fourth-best 291 in Tuesday's second round.
In addition to the great team scoring, the Lady Bulldogs also managed stellar individual finishes. Senior Erika Thornton led the way on Wednesday as she shot a career-low 69 on the par-72 course to finish tied with teammate Mary Langdon Gallagher for 11th (219).
Gallagher carded a 74 on Wednesday en route to posting the best showing of her young career.
Senior Mallory Batson finished one stroke behind Thornton and Gallagher with a 220 (+4) tally that tied her for 15th place. Sophomore Maria Roos shot a final-round 77 (T35th place), and freshman Esther Huffman carded a 229 to finish in 40th place.
The lady linksters return to action on Mon, Oct. 25, at the Memphis Women's Invitational at the Ridgeway Country Club in Germantown, Tenn.