News from MSU Media Relations--Oct. 23

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

Soccer
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State has logged many miles on the road this season, but it comes to an end on Sunday as the Bulldog soccer team closes the road slate with a 1:30 p.m. CT first kick at Kentucky.

The Dawgs battled valiantly against Vanderbilt Thursday night at the MSU Soccer Field, but in the end, State fell to 7-11 overall and 0-9 in the SEC as two first-half goals by the Commodores proved enough.

Mississippi State makes the trek to the Bluegrass State seeking a second-straight win against the Wildcats. Second-half goals by Lauren Morgan and Kat Walsh propelled the Bulldogs to a 2-0 win in last season's home finale.

Freshman Elisabeth Sullivan, the 29th-ranked freshman in the nation by TopDrawerSoccer.com, has been the Bulldogs' offensive spark this season. The Memphis, Tenn., native leads the team with 14 points, five goals and four assists. Her points and goals totals are tied for seventh-most by a Mississippi State freshman.

Sophomore Rachel Wannek and junior Kim Pettit have netted four goals each, while sophomore Madison McKee has beaten the keeper three times.

Redshirt sophomore Skylar Rosson stopped three Vanderbilt shots Thursday night to move past Krystal Werges (2002) for the ninth-most saves in a season (102).

Like Mississippi State, Kentucky (8-7-2, 2-5-2 SEC) has one of the leagues top rookie scorers in Caitlin Landis. Landis leads the Wildcats with six goals and one assist (13 points). Junior Kelsey Hunyadi has also been a potent scoring option with six goals.

Goalkeeper Sydney Hiance leads the UK defense with 84 saves and a 1.15 goals against average.


Men's Golf
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Despite a solid opening day at the UNCG Bridgestone Collegiate Championship, the Mississippi State men's golf team stands in a tie for ninth place among the 14-team field following the first two rounds of action.

The Bulldogs shot an even-par 576 after two rounds of action on the opening day of the tournament, but a record-setting round of 268 in the second round by the leading North Carolina Tarheels, followed by runner-up Michigan who is 22-under-par, third place Virginia Tech at 19-under-par, ninth-ranked Auburn at 16-under-par and in fourth place, UNCG and Charlotte at 12-under-par and in a tie for fifth place, seventh place Northwestern at 9-under-par and eighth place Toledo at 1-under-par has MSU in a tie for ninth with Minnesota.

State was led on the opening day by true freshman Chad Ramey who was 1-under-par and is in a tie for 25th place among the individual field, while firing consistent rounds of 72-71.

Three Bulldogs are in a tie for 42nd with junior Lee Heaton, sophomore Brad Mason and true freshman Axel Boasson all 1-over-par after two rounds of action.

Sophomore Mike Genovese rounds out MSU's lineup with a two-round score of 154.

MSU will complete action on Sunday at the UNCG Bridgestone Collegiate Championship with live stats available at www.mstateathletics.com.


Men's Tennis
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - George Coupland and Artem Ilyushin of the Mississippi State men's tennis team advance to the semifinal round in doubles at the ITA Southern Regional Championships in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

The 11th-ranked Bulldog tandem got the day started off with a round of 16 victory over Branko Weber and Jamie Eccleton of Troy, 8-4, and followed that up with an encore win over UAB's Danny Manlow and Daniel Moser, 8-5, to advance to the semifinals of the doubles draw at the Regionals event.

Also participating in doubles was the MSU's team of Louis Cant and Malte Stropp who fell to the fifth-seeded South Alabama duo Romain Bocaert and Lucas Veil, 8-5, in the round of 16, ending play for the State duo.

Bulldog senior Tanner Stump picked up a pair of wins in consolation play of the singles draw, first coming over Frankie Hoar of Louisiana-Lafayette, 6-1, 6-2, in the second round and then in the round of 16 over Axel Sundberg of Jacksonville State, 7-5, 6-3, to advance to the quarterfinals of consolation.

In the singles main draw MSU had three players advance to the round of 16 before being eliminated. To get things started, State's 79th-ranked Ilyushin defeated Alabama's Vikram Reddy, 6-3, 7-5, in the third round, advancing to the round of 16. Also in third round action, 56th-ranked Coupland took down Hanno Bartsch of South Alabama, 6-2, 6-3, and true freshman Malte Stropp took down UAB's David Zimmerman in straight sets, 6-3, 7-5, both advancing to the round of 16 along with Ilyushin.

In the round of 16 all three Bulldogs fell to seeded players in tight three-set battles. Ilyushin slipped up to LSU's Mark Bowtell, 6-7, 6-0, 6-3, while Coupland fell to Jonas Lutjen of Ole Miss, 1-6, 6-2, 6-3, and Stropp dropped a 6-3, 6-7, 7-5, decision to 31st nationally ranked Neal Skupski of LSU.

Coupland and Ilyushin along with Stump will be in action on Sunday at the ITA Southern Regional Championships and results will be made available at www.mstateathletics.com following action at the end of the day.


Women's Tennis
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Mississippi products Elizabeth Hall and Jordan Zachary were the highlight of Mississippi State's women's tennis action on day two at the ITA Southern Regional Indoor Championships Saturday, as both Lady Bulldog players moved into the semifinals of B Draw consolation action with wins.

After receiving a first round consolation bye, the Eupora, Miss., native Hall held off Kelley Tomlin of Jacksonville State 7-6(6), 7-6(3) in a hard-fought quarterfinal-round consolation match.

Zachary, a native of Brandon, Miss., pulled off two big victories in singles consolation of the B Draw. In the first round, Zachary defeated South Alabama's Bridgette Gale, 6-1, 6-0. Zachary then followed that with 6-2, 6-1 ousting of Hannah Appleyard of Louisiana-Lafayette in her quarterfinal round consolation match.

Hall and Zachary also teamed for a win in B Draw doubles consolation, winning their opening consolation match by blanking Jacksonville State's duo of Tomlin and Aleksandra Cmilijic, 8-0. Hall and Zachary were then defeated in the final round of consolation, 8-4, by UAB's duo of Menanteau Moolman and Pino.

Freshman Vivian Pietraroia of Mississippi State was unable to achieve victory in her first round consolation match in B Draw singles Saturday, as she fell to Hayley Everett of LSU in a tough three-setter 7-6, 2-6, 1-0(8).

In the Main Draw of consolation doubles, LSU's duo of Ebie Wilson and Ariel Mortin defeated Mississippi State's pair of Pietraroia and Ryzhova, 8-0.

Hall and Zachary will return to action Sunday morning in their consolation semifinal singles contests.


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