STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Mississippi State tennis fans will get a rare treat Saturday when the current Bulldog net squad faces off against former Bulldogs in the MSU Alumni Match. The match, which will precede the MSU-LSU football game scheduled for that night, is slated for a 12 p.m. start at the A.J. Pitts Tennis Centre on the MSU campus.

The Alumni Match will pit State's current squad against former members of the Bulldog team, most from the early 1990s. Returning to campus for that contest are all-Americans Daniel Courcol and Joc Simmons, both of whom were national No. 1 players during their careers. Courcol won an unprecedented four Collegiate Grand Slam titles in 1992-93, while Simmons teamed with Laurent Miquelard to capture the 1994 NCAA Doubles Championship.

In addition to those standouts, several other key members of past Bulldog squads, including MSU's 1993 SEC Championship and 1994 NCAA "Final Four" teams, will be on campus for the match. Those players are Christophe Damiens (all-American, ranked top 40), Stephane Plot (undefeated at #6 position during his career), Kristian Broems (Academic all-American), and Per Nilsson (ranked top 50).

"We are very excited about our former players coming back to campus," MSU head coach Sylvain Guichard said. "This is something that this group of guys has been talking about for some time and they communicated over the summer to make the match happen.

"And this will be no easy match for our team. Our alumni players have made it very clear that they are coming to win and that is very scary. Seriously, it will be a lot of fun for all of us and also enjoyable for our fans to be able to see some of our great former players once again."

Reprinted with the permission of the MSU Sports Media Relations Department

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