News from MSU Media Relations--Nov. 13

The latest sports news from the MSU Media Relations Department...Cross Country, Volleyball, Women's Tennis and Men's Tennis.

Cross Country
HOOVER, Ala. - Mississippi State's cross county teams lined up against more than 30 squads at the NCAA South Regional in Veterans Park at Hoover, Ala., Saturday and produced two Top 10 finishes and a trio of all-region honors.

"I am extremely proud of the way we ran today," coach Houston Franks said. "We just keep getting better and better each meet and the hard work is definitely paying off."

Alabama was the top men's team, with MSU finishing 10th. Florida State's Ciaran O'Lionaird (30:03.34) was the top men's finisher, while senior Adam Lenz (30:53.95) placed 22nd for the Bulldogs en route to earning all-region honors in the process.

"Adam ran phenomenal," Franks said. "He got out in the front and was in the mix from the very beginning. I could not be prouder of the way he ran."

Freshman Nick Perkins (32:28.98) placed 67th, followed by freshman Juan Sanchez (32:51.48) at 79th. Sophomore Philip Johnson (33:08.11) and freshman John Valentine (33:09.93) rounded out the Bulldog Top 5, finishing 89th and 90th, respectively.

"The guys ran well today. We are just very young on the men's side and it is going to take time for us to work our way to the top," Franks added. "With a little more time and work, they will be running as a team and finishing at the top of the leader board."

For the women, it was Florida State bringing home top honors, with Mississippi State coming in 5th.

"Our girls ran phenomenal today." Franks said. "They have been running great all year, and I am just amazed at how well they finished."

Kristie Krueger (19:52.93) of Georgia crossed the line first for the women. MSU sophomores Renee Masterson (20:33.14) and Haley Greenwell (20:36.09) were again at the top of the leader board for the Lady Bulldogs, finishing 14th and 17th respectively to capture all-region honors.

"Renee and Haley have been at the top all season long," Franks commented. "It is only fitting that they capped off the season with all-region."

Junior Dominique Lockhart (21:34.74) was the third MSU woman to cross at 48th, with freshman Katie Hudson (21:54.59) and sophomore Chloe Phillips (22:00.96) rounding out the Lady Bulldogs action at 64th and 70th.

With completion of the NCAA South Regional, the Bulldogs will spend the next week waiting to see if Masterson, Greenwell and/or Lenz are selected as wildcards for the NCAA Championship meet.

COLUMBIA, S.C. - An improved hitting percentage and another strong showing at the net went unrewarded for the Bulldogs Saturday night as the South Carolina Gamecocks rebounded from a 2-1 match deficit to claim a five-set SEC volleyball win over State. USC (7-20, 4-13 SEC) completed the two-match series sweep, winning 25-22, 17-25, 19-25, 25-17, 15-12. USC claimed a five-set win over the Bulldogs in Starkville earlier this season.

State (11-17, 3-14 SEC) out-hit USC .196 to .182 and held a 14-8 advantage in total team blocking. Caitlin Rance registered a match-leading 17 kills and backed that with 10 digs for her 11th double-double of the year. Ashley Newsome had 14 kills and a match-high eight blocks while Chanelle Baker tallied 10 kills. Setter Paris Perret also notched a double-double with 46 assists and 14 digs. Mandy Mellencamp and Hannah Wilkinson finished with six blocks each.

Megan Laughlin finished with 15 kills on a .353 hitting night for USC. Juliette Thevenin had 14 kills, 23 digs and four blocks while Hannah Lawing had 10 kills and 38 of USC's 114 digs.

State returns to action and closes out its 2010 home schedule this weekend with a pair of matches at the Newell-Grissom Building. MSU entertains Georgia Friday in a 7 p.m. match on senior night before hosting SEC West rival Auburn Sunday at 1:30 p.m. in its season home finale.

Women's Tennis
SARASOTA, Fla. - The Mississippi State women's team completed its second day of action at the Lakewood Ranch National Intercollegiate Clay Court Championships.

The Lady Bulldogs had three girls active in consolation play with Mississippi-native Jordan Zachary picking up a victory in the first round of consolation, 3-6, 6-3, 1-0(8), over Morgan Bechtel of FLGC. Also playing were Vivian Pietraroia and Mariia Ryzhova who each dropped two-set bouts.

In second round singles consolation play, Mississippi-native Elizabeth Hall dropped a two-set decision , 6-0, 6-1, to Iris Rendon of FLGC, but State's Zachary advanced further with in her second round match with a two-set win over Leyla Simmons of Oklahoma State, 6-4, 7-6(7).

In doubles play, the Lady Bulldogs were active in a pair of quarterfinals matches. MSU's tandem of Pietraroia and Zachary dropped an 8-2 decision to Oklahoma State's Natalia Shatkouskaya and Kanyapat Narattana. Ryzhova and Danielle Terpko fell to Karolina Filipak and Aya Bara of Baylor, 8-1.

The Lady Bulldogs will resume tournament action on Sunday and results will be made available at

Men's Tennis
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Malte Stropp, a true freshman on the Mississippi State men's tennis squad won his opening round qualifying match at the Champaign Challenger in Champaing, Ill.

After competing at the last three futures events in the U.S., Stropp and teammate Artem Ilyushin are competing in the Challenger tournament in Champaign, Ill.

Stropp won his opening round match in three sets over Australian, Stephen Hoh, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5. Ilyushin will play his opening match on Sunday and Stropp will continue on his pursuit to qualify for the main draw on Sunday as well.

Results will be made available at

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