KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Mississippi State's Southeastern Conference struggles continued Sunday against No. 27 Tennessee, falling 7-0 to the Lady Volunteers at the Goodfriend Tennis Center on the UT campus on Sunday afternoon.
On court one, State's Renee Joseph battled UT's Melissa Schaub, but fell 6-4, 6-4. The Orange and White clinched the match when Blakeley Griffith topped Daniela Juskova 6-3, 6-1. MState freshman Elna de Villiers won the opening set 7-5 against UT's Samantha Orlin, but dropped the next two sets 5-7, 0-1. Both Martina Banikova and Tatiana Feit lost decisions at the No. 2 and 4 positions respectively.
In doubles competition, State's tandem of Banikova and de Villiers squeaked out an 8-7 win over UT's pair of Melissa Schaub and Ghizela Schutte.
State closes out the regular season next Saturday, April 15, hosting in-state rival Mississippi at 1 p.m. at the A.J. Pitts Tennis Centre. The Southeastern Conference Women's Tennis Championships will be contested on April 20-23 at the University of Florida.
STARKVILLE, Miss. - The Mississippi State men's tennis team concluded its 2006 home slate Sunday, dropping a 6-1 decision to Tennessee. With the loss, the Bulldogs dropped to 4-12 overall and 1-9 in conference play.
The Volunteers edged out State in doubles action to gain a 1-0 advantage in the match. The first completed match was on the #3 court where UT's Dave Baxendine and Johnny Thornton knocked off MSU's Ryan Farlow and Josh Irey 8-4. The Vols clinched the point when the 29th-ranked tandem of Adam Hubble and Ben Rogers outlasted State's pair of Ivan Bjelica and Pierre Mouillon, winning 9-7. UT's Bobby Cameron and Kaden Hensel also recorded a victory for the Vols, winning 8-6 over MSU's Florent Girod and Jose-Carlos Pinto.
Tennessee (9-9, 3-7) waisted no time in sustaining its momentum once singles play began, winning the first set in five of the six matches. UT went up 2-0 when Hensel defeated State's 97th-ranked Mouillon 6-2, 7-6(3) on the #1 court. Tennessee extended its lead to 3-0 when Derek Stephens knocked off MSU's Philippe Frayssinoux 6-3, 6-3. The clinching point came on court #6 where UT's Rogers defeated MSU's Farlow 6-4, 6-2. The remaining three matches went to a third set before they were decided. UT's Cameron defeated State's Bjelica 1-6, 6-1, 7-5 on court #2 while MSU's Pinto dropped a 6-3, 3-6, 1-0(9) match to UT's Kiril Tcherveniachki on court #3. MSU's Girod was victorious for State after UT's Baxendine defaulted the match in the third set.
State will wrap up regular season action next Saturday (April 15) when the Bulldogs travel to Oxford, Miss. to take on arch-rival Mississippi at noon.
AUBURN, Ala. - Mississippi State closed out the Billy Hitchcock Intercollegiate on Sunday with a final round 305 to finish ninth in the team standings at the par-72 Auburn University Club. State has now completed nine straight events in the top-10 in the field.
Leading State on the final day was freshman Carlos Sainz, Jr. with a final-round 1-over par 73. He finished the three-day event tied for 31st in the individual standings. Freshman Noah Goldman posted MSU's top-finisher, placing 18th in the field. The Longwood, Fla. native has led the Bulldogs in five tournaments this season. It also marks his third top-20 placement of his rookie campaign. Logan Young fired a round of 3-over par 75, while Josh Oller closed out MState's scoring with a 78 in the final round.
Auburn maintained the top spot in the team standings to claim the tournament title. Runner up honors went to Charlotte, while Ole Miss claimed the third spot. AU's Stuart Moore cruised to an eight-shot win on the individual side.
The Bulldogs return to action on the weekend of April 21-23 at the Southeastern Conference Men's Golf Championships in St. Simons Island, Ga. The championship has been held at Sea Island Golf Club for the past five years.