News from MSU Media Relations--Nov. 10

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

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State senior defender Leanna Baldner has been named to the 2010 SEC Soccer Community Service Team, the second-straight year she has received the honor.

The three-year Bulldog co-captain serves as the president of the M-Club, MSU's student-athlete service organization, and is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes leadership team, Campus Crusade for Christ, Phi Kappa Phi honor society and Kappa Delta sorority.

"We are very proud of Leanna for earning this award for the second-straight year," Bulldog head coach Neil Macdonald said. "She has been a great representative and leader for Mississippi State University and our soccer program on and off the field."

The Meridian, Miss., native contributes each year to the SEC "Together We Can" Food Drive and Mississippi State's annual food drive. She volunteers at the MSU Halloween Carnival and additionally picks up litter around campus.

Baldner also participates in Bully's Book Blitz, a program in which student-athletes encourage children to read, and MSU's Take a Kid to the Game Day.

On the field, Baldner has been a constant on the Bulldogs' back line. A starter in 70 of 74 career games, she went the full 90 minutes in State's season-ending win against Ole Miss to move into 10th in career minutes with 5,943.

Baldner contributed one goal and three assists this season, ending her career with 13 points on four goals and five assists.

Men's Tennis
PENSACOLA, Fla. - George Coupland of the Mississippi State men's tennis team dropped a two-set bout in the main draw of the Pensacola Futures to conclude the fall season for the Maroon and White.

Coupland, who is ranked 56th nationally, won four-straight matches in qualifying to advance to the main draw of the Futures tournament.

Coupland was defeated by Andrea Collerini, who is ranked among the top 600 in the world and was a top five player in the world in juniors play, 6-4, 6-2.

State will return to the courts in January at the SEC Indoor Championships.

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