News from MSU Media Relations--March 24

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Women's Tennis
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State's women's tennis squad suffered a 7-0 setback to 29th-ranked Kentucky on Friday at the A.J. Pitts Tennis Centre on the MSU campus. With the win, the Wildcats remained unbeaten in Southeastern Conference activity at 5-0. UK has won six-straight against the Lady Bulldogs.

MSU and UK battled in two three set matches at court one and three respectively. At No. 1 State's Anastasia Kugakolova fell to 39th-ranked Kim Coventry. Coventry opened with a 7-5 win, but Kugakolova fought back in the second set to win 6-2, but could not overcome UK's top-ranked player in the third and final set, falling 6-3. MState sophomore Renee Joseph opened strong with a 6-4 first set-win over Joelle Schwenk, but she fell in the following two sets 6-2, 6-4.

The Blue and White clinched their fifth win in six matches at the No. 4 slot. UK's Danielle Petrisko topped MSU's Polina Kokoulina 7-5, 6-4. The Wildcats got on the board after garnering the doubles point, capturing all three matches. UK's 43rd-ranked tandem of Coventry and Carolina Escamilla won 8-6 over MSU's Kugakolova and Kokoulina.

State concludes the SEC weekend on Sunday, March 26, hosting 12th-ranked Vanderbilt. VU earned a 4-3 win over Mississippi in Oxford on Friday night. The MSU-VU match is slated for 1 p.m. at the A.J. Pitts Tennis Centre.


Women's Golf
ATHENS, Ga. - The Mississippi State women's golf team fired a 320 Friday in the first round of the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic and stand in a tie for 12th place. The tournament is taking place at the UGA Golf Course and features nine teams ranked in the top-30 nationally.

Leading the way for the Lady Bulldogs in the first round was junior Amanda Mathis. She fired a 76 in first round action and stands in a tie for 12th. Senior Stephanie Godare carded an 80 on day one and is in a tie for 47th. Ashleigh Korzack, Julia Huh and Leigh Phillips all fired an 82 for State rounding out the scorecard for the first round.

Wake Forest stands on top of the leaderboard after the first round, firing a 298 and have a three shot lead over second-place and host team Georgia. Georgia senior Jackie Beers shot the only round below par Friday, firing a 69 and has a three shot lead in the individual race.

Second round action will begin Saturday morning at 8 a.m. CT with a first-tee format. Sunday's final round will also begin at 8 a.m. CT, but will begin with a shotgun start.


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