News from MSU Media Relations--February 18

The lastest sports news from the MSU Media Relations Department...

Women's Tennis
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State's lady netters knocked off 61st-ranked Texas Tech 4-2 on Saturday in the McCarthy Gymnasium. The match was moved indoors to the two-court facility due to the frigid temperatures and rain that moved through the Starkville area during the day. State improves to 2-4 on the season after topping UAB this past Thursday as well.

State claimed the match-clinching point with sophomore Polina Kokoulina's 6-4, 7-5 win over Texas Tech's Samantha van der Drift at the No. 5 slot. The Lady Bulldogs earned the crucial third point when freshman Daniela Juskova rebound from a 6-3 loss in the opening set to TTU's Katja Kovacic. Juskova took the match with a 6-4, 6-0 decisions in the second and third matches.

"We played phenomenal in doubles today, " said MSU head coach Tracy Lane. "The girls battled hard today and came out with a win. Polina (Kokoulina) played one of her best matches since she has been here."

Senior Anastasia Kugakolova notched a straight-set victory over 75th-ranked Tara Browning of Tech, 6-2, 6-3 to give the Maroon and White the early 2-0 advantage.

In doubles, MState was victorious at the top-two positions to gain the match's first point. MSU's tandem of Kugakolova and Kokoulina dispatched of Tech's pairing of Browning and Lakann Wagley 8-3. The freshmen duo of Martina Banikova and Elna de Villiers knocked off the 23rd-ranked team of Erin Hunter and Kovacic 8-4.

The Lady Bulldogs return to action on Friday, Feb. 24, hosting 29th-ranked South Alabama. Match time is set for 3 p.m. at the A.J. Pitts Tennis Centre.


Women's Golf
STARKVILLE, Miss. - The Mississippi State women's golf team will open spring play Sunday at the Papa Johns Collegiate Golf Tournament in Miami, Fla. The three-day tournament will be played at the par-72, 6319-yard Don Shula's Golf Club.

"The team is ready to get the spring season underway," said MSU head coach Christi Sanders. "We have done a great deal of strength conditioning in the off season and are looking forward to seeing those efforts pay off in competition."

Competing for State will be seniors Stephanie Godare and Ashleigh Korzack, junior Amanda Mathis, sophomore Julia Huh and freshman Leigh Phillips. Godare, Korzack, Mathis and Huh played in all four tournaments in the fall while Phillips will see her first action for MSU. Mathis, who was an all-SEC performer last season, leads the team with a 73.58 stroke average. The Lady Bulldogs finished in the top five in all four tournaments last fall. State also placed an individual in the top ten in every tournament in the fall.

The 12-team field also includes: host Miami, South Florida, Virginia, Coastal Carolina, East Carolina, Louisville, North Carolina State, College of Charleston, Kentucky, Alabama and UAB.

Action will get underway Sunday with a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. The second round on Monday will begin on the first tee at 8 a.m., while the third round will begin at 8 a.m. Tuesday with a shotgun start.


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