News from MSU Media Relations--October 6

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Men's Tennis
TULSA, Okla. - MSU junior Philippe Frayssinoux's run through qualifying and the main draw finally came to an end Thursday at the ITA All-American Championships in Tulsa, Okla. Frayssinoux reached the second round of qualifying before falling while senior Ivan Bjelica dropped his first-round match.

After winning three qualifying matches, including two over top 100 opponents, Frayssinoux advanced to his first main draw of a collegiate major. On Thursday, Frayssinoux opened with a first-round 6-4, 6-1 win over 27th-ranked Ytai Abougzir of Florida State. The win for Frayssinoux was his highest ever and his first in the main draw of a major. Later in the day however, Frayssinoux fell 6-3, 6-4 to 19th-ranked and top-16 seed Bryan Koniecko of Ohio State and was ousted from the tournament. Frayssinoux now stands at 7-3 this season and has topped five players ranked in the top 100 nationally.

After receiving an automatic spot in the main draw, State's 42nd-ranked Bjelica fell in his first-round match 6-3, 6-4 to 18th-ranked Harel Srugo from Old Dominion. Later in the day, Bjelica also dropped a consolation match to 22nd-ranked Martin Sayer from Radford by a score of 6-1, 7-6(3).

While Frayssinoux and Bjelica conclude play, the rest of the Bulldog tennis squad is headed to Atlanta, Ga. to compete in the Georgia Tech Invitational. The tournament will begin Friday morning and will run through Sunday. Six Bulldogs will compete in two singles flights and two doubles flights.

MSU freshmen Artem Kuznetsov, Pjotrs Necajevs and Christopher Doerr will compete in flight A singles while junior Josh Irey and Sophomores Eric Lim and Ryan Farlow will compete in flight B singles. In doubles, Necajevs and Doerr along with Kuznetsov and Farlow will compete in the A flight while the pair of Irey and Lim will play in flight B doubles.

Women's Tennis
BLOOMINGTON , Ind. - Head Coach Tracy Lane and her women's tennis team travels to the Hoosier Classic on the campus of Indiana University this weekend, Oct. 6-8.

State will be sending all seven members to play in singles action. Doubles teams will feature Martina Banikova and Valeriya Makarycheva; DeAndra Saddler and Elna de Villiers; and Tatiana Feit and Renee Joseph. Doubles draws will be released tomorrow before play.

Singles play will not start until 9:30 a.m. CT due to cold weather conditions in Indiana. Joseph will start off the tournament against Notre Dame's Colleen Rielley and Banikova will begin against Kansas' Elizaveta Avdeeva, both in Flight A. Makarycheva will be pitted against Kunigunda Dorn of Kansas in Flight B. Notre Dame's Kali Krisik will play against State's de Villiers in Flight C action.

In Flight D, Feit will start play at 11 a.m. CT against LSU's Tiffany Tucker and Saddler will play Indiana's Alba Berdala. Sophomore Daniela Juskova will see her first action of the season in singles play this weekend in the round-robin action of the Red Draw.

The flighted tournament will include teams from Georgia, Kansas , Kansas State, LSU, Murray State, Notre Dame, and host Indiana.

STARKVILLE, MISS. - The Mississippi State (2-9-0, 1-3-0) soccer team looks to snap a two-game losing streak when they begin a key five-game road trip Friday night. The Bulldogs will take on West Division rivals Alabama (4-8-0, 0-4-0) Friday night at 7:00 p.m., followed by Auburn 7-3-1, 1-2-1) Sunday afternoon at 2:00 p.m.

State is 3-6-1 all-time against Bama. MSU has won the last two meetings, and is undefeated in the last four games versus the Crimson Tide. The Bulldogs follow Friday night's contest by traveling to Auburn. The Tigers hold a 7-3-1 record all-time versus Mississippi State, and have won the last four. MState looks to snap a 360:00 scoreless streak against AU.

Junior forward Treena Ferguson is currently tied for second in the conference with seven goals. She is also tied for sixth with 14 points.

Junior Stephanie Dallas currently leads the conference with 5.83 saves per game and is sixth with 35 saves.

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