News from MSU Media Relations--October 9

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Women's Golf
GREENVILLE, S.C. - The Mississippi State women's golf squad climbed three spots Sunday to finish in a tie for 11th at the Lady Paladin Invitational. The team shot a 318 in the final round which was their best of the tournament.

Junior Julia Huh fired a 78 on the final day and led the team, finishing in a tie for 27th. Senior Amanda Mathis finished in a tie for 34th after a round of 77 on Sunday. Sophomore Leigh Phillips finished in a tie for 54th, shooting a 242 for the tournament while sophomore Jillian Jones finished with a 252. Freshman Suzanne Stanley finished her second career collegiate tournament with a score of 256.

Northwestern shot a 307 in the final round to retain their lead and win the team title. Northwestern's Alice Kim finished with a 216 for the tournament to claim the individual title.

The Lady Bulldogs will conclude fall competition Oct. 27-29 when they travel to Auburn, Ala. to compete in The Derby Invitational.

Men's Tennis
ATLANTA, Ga. - The Mississippi State men's tennis team concluded play Sunday at the Georgia Tech Invitational, winning two consolation titles. MSU freshman Pjotrs Necajevs won the flight A singles consolation final while the doubles team of Ryan Farlow and Artem Kuznetsov won the flight B consolation bracket.

Necajevs defeated James Clow of Clemson by a score of 6-4, 6-3 in the finals to claim his fourth straight win. Farlow and Kuznetsov defeated Nebraska's Karl Jones and Hendrik Stahmer 8-3 in the semifinals and then downed Wren Hood of Southern Mississippi and Chris Gilli of Furman 8-1in the finals to claim the flight B consolation title.

After reaching the finals of flight B singles, Farlow fell in the finals on Sunday. The Madison native dropped a 6-3, 6-2 decision to Hendrik Stahmer of Nebraska to end his run.

In other doubles action, MSU's freshman tandem of Chris Doerr and Pjotrs Necajevs reached the finals of flight A because of a default but then fell in the finals 8-6 to Georgia's Jamie Hunt and Ricardo Gonzales. In flight B doubles, State's Josh Irey and Eric Lim fell 8-6 to Middle Tennessee State's Joao Paoliello and Marc Boiron.

The Bulldog's next action will come Oct. 20-23 when the Bulldogs head to Lexington, Ky. for the ITA Southeast Region Indoor Championships.

Women's Tennis
BLOOMINGTON , Ind. - A pair of Mississippi State doubles teams had strong showings in the last day of play at the Hoosier Classic Sunday, as State prevailed in three of four matches played in Flight 1.

MSU was led by the tandem of Martina Banikova and Valeriya Makarycheva, who were looking to capitalize on Saturday's two-match success and repeat that trend Sunday to win the top flight. The tandem took their semifinal match against Laura McGaffigan and Brianna Williams 8-6, ruining host Indiana's chance of winning the event. In the title match, the tandem held together in a closely-contested battle, but dropped the match 9-7 to Notre Dame's duo of Katie Potts and Cosmina Ciobanu.

In the backdraw of Flight 1 doubles consolation, the duo of Renee Joseph and Elna de Villiers came out strong in their first matchup Sunday, against Indiana's Marah Calvo and Erin Clark, claiming it 8-4. In their final match of the weekend, they bettered Murray State 's Casady Pruitt and Anne Pennington 8-3 to finish 13th overall in the draw.

The Lady Bulldogs will next be in action in two weeks, returning to Tuscaloosa, Ala., for the second time this fall, this time to compete in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's South Regional Championship.

AUBURN, ALA. - Mississippi State (2-11-0, 1-5-0) allowed four first half goals, as Auburn (8-3-2, 2-2-2) handed the Bulldogs their worst loss of the year, 6-0.

The first scoring chance of the match came in the fifth minute when Taryn Holland made a diving stop to her right off Becca Schwartz' shot from the top of the box.

Holland got some help in the 17th minute when Caitlin King's shot went off the left post. However, the rebound bounced straight to Gabi Rivera, who sent in the rebound from 20 yards out for an early 1-0 lead.

MSU got its first scoring chance a few seconds later, when Mariclaire Fancher's shot rolled just past the left post.

The Tigers continued to apply pressure. Holland got a piece of Jac Schwarz' shot, then Jenny Zarzour rifled a shot off the crossbar.

Auburn took a 2-0 lead in the 25th minute, when for the second consecutive game, the Bulldogs knocked the ball into their own goal. Becca Howell sent a cross from just inside the right box. Sara Moore attempted to head the ball out, but instead knocked it into the net.

Less than a minute later, King sent a pass to Kristin Stewart, who split the State defense and beat Holland for a 3-0 Tigers advantage.

AU made it 4-0 at the 32:29 mark. After an MState foul, King headed Zarzour's free kick past Holland.

Auburn added two goals in the second half to finish the scoring.

The Bulldogs have now been held scoreless for the last 365:47.

The Bulldogs continue their road trip next weekend, when they take on South Carolina Friday night followed by No. 16 Florida Sunday morning. You can follow all the action live at

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