News from MSU Media Relations--March 26

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Women's Tennis
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State dropped its third consecutive Southeastern Conference women's tennis match with a 7-0 setback to 12th-ranked Vanderbilt on Sunday at the A.J. Pitts Tennis Centre.

With the win, the Commodores lead the all-time series with the Lady Bulldogs 19-7 and have taken every match against MSU since the 1991 season. State (3-10, 1-5) will look to get back on the winning track next weekend with matches at Arkansas and a home date with LSU.

Vanderbilt swept the doubles point to take the early lead in the match and continued its impressive play in to singles matches. VU's Amanda Fish, ranked 20th in the nation, eased past MSU's Anastasia Kugakolova 6-1, 6-1. No. 40 Taka Bertrand defeated State's Martina Banikova 6-1, 6-3. At court three, MState's Renee Joseph pushed Commodore Amanda Taylor, ranked 75th, to a three set-match. Joseph opened the match winning 6-3, but Taylor bounced back to win the second in a tie-breaker, 7-6(5) to force the super tie-breaker in the third set. She outlasted Joseph 13-11 to conclude the match. The Black and Gold clinched their 15th win, sixth in the conference at the No. 6 with Maggie Yahner topping Elna de Villiers of MSU 6-2, 6-1.

The Maroon and White will travel to Fayetteville, Ark. on Friday, March 31 to meet the 68th-ranked Lady Razorbacks at 3 p.m. The squad returns home to face 48th-ranked LSU on Sunday, April 2. The MSU-LSU match is slated for 1 p.m. at the A.J. Pitts Tennis Centre on the MSU campus.


Men's Golf
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State's men's golf team returns to the course on Monday, March, 27 participating in the Carter Plantation Intercollegiate in Springfield, La. The two-day, 54-hole event is hosted by Southeastern Louisiana University. The Bulldogs are making their initial appearance in the tournament.

State's line up for the tournament will consist of freshmen Noah Goldman, Carlos Sainz, Jr and Matt Fast. Rounding out the five-man line up will be junior Josh Oller and senior Jared Jimenez. Jimenez is making his second start of the season. MState is led by freshman Noah Goldman, who has posted 4th and 2nd-place finishes in his previous two outings. The Longwood, Fla. native ranks 29th in the SEC in scoring with a 73.58 average. He Has posted par or better in 11 of his 19 rounds competed this season.

MSU is currently ranked second in Golfstat.com's Top 25 Freshman Class Impact Rankings that were released this past Thursday, with a relative strength rating of 421.541 and a scoring average of 74.04.

The Carter Plantation field includes six teams from the Southeast District – Jacksonville State,Memphis, South Alabama, South Florida, Southern Mississippi and Tulane. Other participants include Southeastern Louisiana, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisville and Texas-San Antonio.

Competition gets underway on Monday with a shotgun start beginning at 8 a.m.


Men's Tennis
Nashville, Tenn. - Mississippi State dropped a 4-3 decision for the second time in three days, this time falling to Vanderbilt Sunday at the Currey Tennis Center in Nashville. With the loss, the Bulldogs dropped to 4-8 overall this season and 1-5 in the Southeastern Conference.

Vanderbilt won all three doubles matches to take a 1-0 advantage in the match. At the #1 position, VU's 32nd-ranked Evan Dufaux and Andy Mack defeated MSU's Ivan Bjelica and Jose-Carlos Pinto by a score of 8-6. At the #2 spot, the Commodore duo of Ryan Preston and Nathan Sachs knocked of State's Florent Girod and Pierre Mouillon 8-2. On the #3 court, Vandy's Nick Cromydas and Jordan Magarik defeated MSU's Ryan Farlow and Philippe Frayssinoux 8-5, giving the Commodores the doubles point.

Vanderbilt extended their lead to 2-0 when Sachs overcame Frayssinoux at the #4 position 6-4, 6-2. The Bulldogs closed the gap to 2-1 with a victory on the #5 court, where Girod knocked off VU's Cromydas 6-3, 6-2. MSU's Bjelica evened the match at 2-2 when he rallied to win the final two sets and defeat VU's Dufaux 4-6, 6-2, 6-3. Vanderbilt took a brief 3-2 lead when the Commodore's 68th-ranked Preston rallied to win the final two sets against the Bulldog's Mouillon, taking a 4-6, 7-6(6), 6-3 victory. It didn't take long for State to tie the match at 3-3 as MSU freshman Farlow defeated VU's Magarik 7-5, 7-6 to notch his second career dual match victory. The decisive point came at the #3 court where State's Pinto and Vanderbilt's Mack split the first two sets. After falling in the first set 6-3, Mack won the second set 6-2 and prevailed in the third 6-3, rallying to give the Commodores the fourth point and the team win.

With the win, Vanderbilt moved to 6-8 overall and 1-5 in SEC play. State now leads Vanderbilt 31-8 in the all-time series between the two programs. Bjelica notched his second consecutive win on Sunday and evened his record in conference play to 3-3.

The Bulldogs next action will be on March 31, as State returns home hosting 16th-ranked Arkansas at 2 p.m. at the A.J. Pitts Tennis Centre on the MSU campus.


Women's Golf
ATHENS, Ga. - The Mississippi State women's golf team fired a 312 in the final round of the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic Sunday, finishing in 13th place. The tournament concludes regular season play for the Lady Bulldogs.

Junior Amanda Mathis led the Lady Bulldogs for the eighth consecutive time this season, shooting a 73 in the final round and finishing in a tie for 12th. Senior Stephanie Godare finished in a tie for 51st after firing a 239 for the tournament. Sophomore Julia Huh shot a 239 for the tournament and finished in a tie for 71st. Senior Ashleigh Korzack finished with a 247 while freshman Leigh Phillips concluded the event with a 255.

Georgia sustained the lead in the final round and won the event for the third consecutive year. UGA fired a 300 on the final day and held off a charge from Auburn, winning by two strokes. Florida State's Caroline Westrup shot a 71 in the final round to edge out Alabama's Jenny Suh by one stroke and win the individual competition.

State's next action will come on April 14-16 when the Lady Bulldogs travel to Nashville, Tenn., to compete at the SEC Championship.


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