News from MSU Media Relations--October 8

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Men's Tennis
ATLANTA, Ga. - Mississippi State sophomore Ryan Farlow advanced to the flight A singles finals while two State doubles teams advanced to the semifinals in their draws Saturday at the Georgia Tech Invitational. Farlow advances to face Nebraska's Hendrik Tsahmer in the finals on Sunday. The third-seeded MSU freshmen duo of Chris Doerr and Pjotrs Necajevs will face Georgia Tech's second-seeded team of Scott Blackmon and Luke Rassow-Kantor in the semifinals of flight A while the State duo of Joh Irey and Eric Lim will face MTSU's Joao Paoliello and Marc Boiron in the semifinals in flight B.

Farlow began the day with a 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 win over Clemson's Gera Boryachinskiy. In the semifinals, the Madison native breezed to a 6-2, 6-2 win over Brian Crook from Furman to clinch a spot in the final two. In flight A singles consolation action, Necajevs won a pair of matches to advance to the finals. First, he took out Georgia's Chris Motes 6-3, 7-5 and followed with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Middle Tennessee State's Paoliello.

In other singles action on Saturday, Bulldog sophomore Eric Lim fell 6-7, 6-1, 6-1 to Andy Sobszyk of Furman in his quarterfinal match.

In doubles competition on Saturday, Doerr and Necajevs took out Auburn's Lukas Marsoun and Stephen Nash 9-7 in flight A doubles. The Bulldog tandem of Irey and Lim advanced in flight B, winning 8-5 over North Florida's Elad Babay and Leonardo Gomes. State's tandem of Farlow and Artem Kuznetsov advanced to the semifinals of flight B doubles consolation on Saturday with an 8-3 win over North Florida's Glen Marshall and Yuiti Lopes.

Lim and Necajevs will play their singles matches at 10 a.m. CT Sunday while all three of State's first doubles matches will begin at 7 a.m. CT.


Women's Tennis
BLOOMINGTON , Ind. - Mississippi State opened up doubles competition and finished up singles on day two of the Hoosier Classic on the campus of Indiana University. Doubles highlights included the success of the tandem of Martina Banikova and Valeriya Makarycheva who triumphed in the first two rounds of play Saturday and are entering semifinal action in the main draw on Sunday.

The tandem took their first round match against Murray State's Lyndsey Bochenek and Angela McGahee 8-4. The duo continued on to an 8-6 win in a hard-fought battle against LSU's duo of Ashley Murdock and Anastasiya Dubova. For a spot in the finals, the duo will face off Sunday against Laura McGaffigan and Brianna Williams of Indiana.

Also contending in doubles play, Renee Joseph and Tatiana Feit lost their opening round match 8-6 to McGaffigan and Williams of Indiana. The tandem then fell to the duo Sigrid Fischer and Cecile Perton of Indiana 8-3. For the Sunday match-up with other Hoosiers Marah Calvo and Lindsey Stuckey, Head Coach Tracy Lane will substitute Elna de Villiers to play alongside Joseph.

Banikova repeated her success later on in the day by defeating Anna Lask of Murray State in the third-place match of the top singles draw by posting a 6-4, 6-2 victory.

The final day of the Hoosier Classic will commence with the remaining doubles action starting at 9 a.m. CT and concluding at 10:30 a.m. CT.


Women's Golf
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Mississippi State junior Julia Huh shot a 78 to lead the women's golf squad in the second round of the Lady Paladin Invitational on Saturday. With a two-round score of 159, Huh stands in 36th while State as a team is in 14th after a second-round score of 326.

After leading the Lady Bulldogs in the first round, senior Amanda Mathis fired an 83 on Saturday and is in a tie for 45th with MSU sophomore Leigh Phillips who shot an 80 in the second round. Freshman Suzanne Stanley shot an 85 in the second round while sophomore Jillian Jones shot an 87.

After a round of 303 on Saturday, Northwestern University expanded its lead to 10 strokes. Florida International is in second place and Augusta State is in third. Northwestern's Alice Kim shot her second-straight 70 on Saturday to take sole possession of the lead in the individual race.

The Lady Paladin Invitational will conclude on Sunday with the third round which is set to begin at 8:30 a.m. CT.


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