News From MSU Media Relations-September 6

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

STARKVILLE, Miss. – After helping the Mississippi State softball team reach the NCAA Tournament this past spring, volunteer assistant coach Kelsi Dunne has accepted a position as the pitching coach for Oklahoma State University, MSU Head Coach Vann Stuedeman announced Thursday morning.

"Kelsi helped our 2012 staff lower our ERA by two runs a game from the previous season and she will be sorely missed," said Stuedeman. "She is like a daughter to me and I could not be more proud of her and excited for her."

In her first year in a coaching capacity, Dunne helped the same five Bulldog pitchers lower their school-record high 4.90 ERA from 2011 to a much more manageable 2.88 clip this past spring. As a volunteer, Dunne helped create pitching game plans, develop pitchers in the circle on a daily basis and served as a pitcher for the MSU offense in batting practice.

To find out more information on the MSU softball program, including its fall exhibition schedule that begins later this month, follow the team on Twitter at @MStateSB and like the team on Facebook at

Women's Tennis
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Friday will mark the beginning of the 2012-13 campaign for Mississippi State Women's Tennis as the Lady Bulldogs head to Alabama for the Auburn Invitational.

With the addition of three new freshman, the squad is eager to kickoff the season and reap the benefits of an off-season of hard work.

MSU's returning players include Alexandra Perper, Roseline Dion, Naomi Tran, and Petra Ferancova. Dion, Tran, and Perper will represent the Lady Bulldogs in this weekend's match. Perper was a top 100 player nationally last spring. Joining the Lady Bulldog squad this season are Sarai Flores of Mexico City, Mexico, Lien Van Geel of Tessenderlo, Belgium, and Georgiana Patrasc of Bacau, Romania.

"This tournament is very early in our season, so it will be a good measure of where are girls are with their games. The players and coaches will be able to see a lot from this early event," said Greenan.

The Auburn Invitational is set to last through Sunday. Results will be posted on throughout the weekend.

Men's Tennis
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Athens, Ga., will be the site of the beginning of the 2012-13 season for Mississippi State Men's Tennis as the Bulldogs will begin play in the Southern Intercollegiate Tournament Friday.

Much has changed since the spring, when State brought in its second-consecutive Southeastern Conference Western Division title and finished in the top 20 nationally for the second year in a row.

Gone are senior All-Americans Artem Ilyushin and Louis Cant, along with fellow all-SEC senior George Coupland, who were all intricate parts to MSU's back-to-back SEC West titles and NCAA Tourney appearances in 2011 and 2012.

Replacing the departed seniors are four star freshmen that make up one of coach Per Nilsson's best recruiting classes since coming to State in 2008. Pedro Dumont of Brasilia, Brazil, Romain Bogaert of Huppaye, Belgium, Jordan Angus of London, England, and Stefan Vinti of Medias, Romania, will join the men's tennis squad this season looking to continue State's recent success.

Participating in singles play this weekend will be returnees James Chaudry, Malte Stropp, Zach White and Ethan Wilkinson. Chaudry and Stropp were both top 100 players nationally last season for the Bulldogs, with Stropp being named 2012 ITA Southern Region Player to Watch. From the rookie class, Dumont, Bogaert and Angus will be in action. Teaming up in doubles will be Chaudry/Stropp, Angus/Dumont and White/Wilkinson.

"It is a new year, a new team. We are looking to get together as a group and get to know each other," Nilsson said on his expectations for this weekend. "We just want to see the new guys play and see what it is all about, while working on improving with the returning players."

The Southern Intercollegiate Tournament will conclude with Monday's finals. Fans can keep up with all results through or by following Mississippi State Men's Tennis on Twitter (@mstateMT) and through Facebook (

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