News from MSU Media Relations--Oct. 10

The latest sports news from the MSU Media Relations Department...Volleyball, Football, Softball and Women's Golf.

STARKVILLE, Miss. - For the second time this season Mississippi State freshman middle blocker Lainey Wyman has been honored as the SEC Freshman of the Week.

Wyman stood tall at the net for the Bulldogs in Sunday's 3-2 win over Auburn. On an impressive .357 hitting day, the Plainfield, Ill., product notched 14 kills, her second-highest total of the season, and recorded five blocks. She also tallied eight digs in helping Mississippi State register its third win in its last four league matches and surpass its 2010 league win total.

Nearing the midway point in the 2011 campaign, Wyman ranks second on the team with 170 kills and stands second in the SEC with 70 total blocks.

Wyman became the third MSU rookie all-time to earn SEC Freshman of the Week honors on September 19, joining two other two-time honorees, setter Paris Perret (2010) and outside hitter Martina Gregusova (2006).

MSU (9-8/4-4 SEC) closes out a four-match home stand this weekend, hosting Kentucky Friday (7 p.m.) at Humphrey Coliseum and SEC-leading Tennessee Sunday at the Newell-Grissom Building (1:30 p.m.).

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State junior defensive tackle Fletcher Cox was named the Southeastern Conference Defensive Lineman of the Week, the SEC announced on Monday.

Cox, a native of Yazoo City, Miss., posted a career-best seven tackles in Mississippi State's 21-3 victory at UAB on Saturday. He leads a defensive front that has not allowed a touchdown in its last 6 quarters, a total of 20 opponent possessions. On Saturday, Cox was a presence in the offensive backfield all day against UAB, and was credited by coaches with five quarterback hurries.

Cox is the first Bulldog player honored as Defensive Lineman of the Week by the league since Pernell McPhee claimed the award twice in 2009. Earlier this season, senior running back Vick Ballard earned Offensive Player of the Week following the Week 1 win at Memphis.

STARKVILLE, Miss. - A determination to play softball at the collegiate level led current Mississippi State head softball coach Vann Stuedeman to be inducted into the Huntingdon College Athletic Hall of Fame this past Saturday.

"I am extremely humbled to be inducted into my alma mater's Hall of Fame," Stuedeman said. "To be in any Hall of Fame is an absolute honor, but to be inducted at a school where I grew so much as a person and an athlete means even more."

The ceremony, held at the Catherine Dixon Roland Arena on the campus of Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Ala., honored the 1994 All-American for her three seasons at the school (1991-94). During that span, the Birmingham, Ala., native was an important member in the Hawks' two third-place finishes at the national tournament (1992, 1994).

In her first year at the helm of the Maroon and White softball program, Stuedeman and her squad continue their first fall statewide tour in Tupelo this Sunday, Oct. 16, for a 1 p.m. contest against Wallace State at the Veterans Sports Complex. Following the game, the team will provide a free softball clinic and shirt for the first 100 fans age 10-18.

Women's Golf
LAS CRUCES, N.M. - With a first-round 71, Mississippi State women's golf freshman Ally McDonald is two strokes off the lead at the Price's "Give ‘Em Five" Invitational.

McDonald's new career-best 1-under-par is also a team-best for the season and the 11th best in the lady linkster record books. She trails Chelsey Cothran (Baylor) and Teo Peplawski (Idaho) after the duo fired a 69.

The Lady Bulldogs' opening-round 302 earned a tie of tenth-place, just eight strokes out of the Top 5. The 302 clip is the best round by MSU since last year's Price's "Give ‘Em Five" event and is tied for the 16th-best round in the program's history.

Long Beach State fired a 287 to open the tournament atop the leaderboard.

McDonald was trailed by Perry Katherine Furr's 76. Furr is one of only two Lady Bulldogs to ever play the NMSU Golf Course. In her only other appearance at the even she set a career-best round at 73.

Elena Warren notched a 5-over-par 77 while Mary Langdon Gallagher and Rica Tse both carded 78's in the first round.

"We performed better today," MSU Coach Brown-Lemm. "Mentally we did a better job, and it showed with a high score of 78 for the team. We are a very young squad with lots to learn, but we are making strides every round. We still are throwing shots away in decision making, but we are moving in the right direction."

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