CORDOVA, Tenn. - Mississippi State fired rounds of 293 and 292 on the opening day of the Memphis Intercollegiate and stand tied for fourth on the team leaderboard with South Florida at 9-under par thru 36 holes.
State's opening round 5-under par was paced by sophomore Carlos Sainz, Jr.'s even-par 72. In the afternoon round, the Elgin , Ill. native posted a 1-under par round of 71. Sainz, Jr. is currently five shots off the individual leader Kyle Simmons of South Alabama , who posted a 6-under par total on Monday. MSU's Logan Young, a Memphis, Tenn. product, fired an opening round 74 but turned in a 1-under par 71 in the second stanza. Young is tied for 19th heading into Tuesday's finale. Sophomore Matt Fast carded back-to-back rounds of 74 and stands tied for 29th. Noah Goldman rounded out the MState scorecard with a 73 and 76.
"Carlos (Sainz, Jr.) is in contention to win the event," said MSU head coach Clay Homan. "As a team, we played well in the second round, but we did not finish it off like we needed to. We had too many three-putts and we didn't take advantage of the par 5's."
Louisville is atop the team leaderboard at 13-under par while Wisconsin and TCU posted two-straight rounds of par for second place heading to the final day. USF's Tyler Hitchcock fired the round of the day with a first round 7-under par 65.
"Hopefully, we can come out tomorrow like we did in our last tournament and post a low score," said Homan.
The final round will get underway at 8 a.m. CST. After the Bulldogs wrap up play at Colonial Country Club in Memphis they will turn their attention to Friday's Magnolia Cup match with in-state rival Mississippi at Old Waverly Golf Club in West Point, Miss. The one-round match is slated for a 10 a.m. start.
TULSA, Okla. - With an upset win Monday, Mississippi State's Philippe Frayssinoux has advanced to the second round of singles qualifying at the ITA All-American Championships. The tournament, being hosted by the University of Tulsa, is the first major of the college tennis season.
Frayssinoux, a junior at State, grabbed a close first set Monday afternoon 6-4 and rode the momentum from that to a 6-4, 6-1 upending of UCLA's 69th-ranked Mathieu Dehaine. It was his second win over a top 70 opponent in his last three matches, having also bested Middle Tennessee's 32nd-ranked Andreas Siljestrom in the quarterfinals of the Blue Raider Invitational two weeks ago.
Needing three straight wins to qualify for this weekend's main draw, Frayssinoux will meet Patrick Fischer of Washington in Tuesday's second round of qualifying at 11:30 a.m. CT. Should he win that match, he would play again Wednesday for a spot in the main draw.
Frayssinoux will also join teammate Ivan Bjelica in the first round of qualifying doubles competition on Tuesday. The pair will need three wins to advance to main draw doubles as well.
Bjelica, ranked 42nd nationally, is already entered into the main draw of singles, which begins Thursday.