News from MSU Media Relations--October 22

The lastest sports news from the MSU Media Relations Department...

Men's Tennis
LEXINGTON, Ky. - MSU senior Ivan Bjelica along with two doubles teams advanced to the round of 16 of the ITA Southeast Regional Saturday in Lexington, Ky. Bjelica, ranked 42nd-nationally, notched two wins on the day while both doubles teams won their only matches.

In the second round, Bjelica defeated Benedikt Fischer of Memphis 6-3, 6-1. The Belgrade, Serbia native then revenged a loss earlier this season to Tennessee's Bobby Cameron, winning 6-1, 6-0 to solidify his spot in the final 16. Bulldog Philippe Frayssinoux won his second round match, defeating Stetson's Filip Kricka 6-2, 6-2. In the third round however, Frayssinoux, dropped a tough 7-6, 6-0 match to 35th-ranked Joseph Jung of Alabama. MSU freshman Pjotrs Necajevs dropped a close 7-6(7), 7-6(6) decision to Auburn's Milan Krnjetin in his second round match while State's Eric Lim fell in a hard fought 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 match to Georgia's 41st-ranked Matic Omerzel.

Two MSU doubles teams also moved into the round of 16 with victories on Saturday. After a first round victory on Friday night, Bjelica and Frayssinoux moved on with an 8-6 win over Kentucky's Bruno Agostinelli and Will Ward. Also moving into the round of 16 for MSU was the freshman duo of Artem Kuznetsov and Pjotrs Necajevs. After upsetting the nation's 19th-ranked doubles team on Friday night, the duo advanced to Sunday's play with an 8-1 win over Christin Cruz and Thabani Sithole of Bethune-Cookman.

Two rounds of singles and doubles will be played on Sunday beginning at 8 a.m. CT. The semifinalists of singles and the finalists of doubles will advance to the ITA National Indoor Championships Nov. 2-5 in Columbus, Ohio.

Women's Tennis
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Lady Bulldog Elna de Villiers maintained her success at the ITA South Regional Championships Saturday, pacing play for Mississippi State by winning two B Draw matches to move into Sunday's semifinals.

De Villiers started off the day registering a 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 victory over Troy's Suzanne Jones to position herself in the quarterfinals. In the quarters, she claimed an early tiebreaker 7-6(5) and then cruised 6-0 in the second to down Tatiana Soldatova of Jacksonville University. In Sunday's semifinal, de Villiers will go up against the winner of Tapiwa Marobela ( Florida State) and Annabelle Bares (Troy).

In other play Saturday, the State duo of Renee Joseph and Valeriya Makarycheva won their first match of the day with a solid 8-2 quarterfinal triumph against UAB's Magadelana Czernik and Antonia Nugent. The win pushed them into Sunday's semis, pitted against Florida State's Miranda Foley and Carolina Walter.

Lady Bulldog Tatiana Feit notched two wins during Saturday's B Draw consolation action, claiming her first match against host Alabama's Alice Tunaru, 6-0, 6-1. In the quarterfinals, she downed Stetson's Maya Miladinovic 6-3, 6-3, who went down for the second time at the hands of a Lady Bulldog this weekend. She will meet Zoe Kent of Central Florida in Sunday's semis of that draw.

"I am very pleased with the way we played today," said head coach Tracy Lane. "We are playing better and improving as every month goes by. Everyone has made huge improvements and they are raising the standards of the program."

Also in action for the Lady Bulldogs Saturday, Martina Banikova dropped her round of 16 matchup in A Draw consolation versus Georgia Tech's Amanda McDowell 7-6(4), 2-6, 7-5 in a hotly contested match.

Men's Golf
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State's men's golf team will close out the fall portion of the schedule with a visit to Nashville, Tenn. to compete in the Mason Rudolph Intercollegiate beginning on Sunday, Oct. 22. The 54-hole event is being hosted by Southeastern Conference foe Vanderbilt.

State is coming off a tenth-place finish at the rain-shortened Squire Creek Intercollegiate this past Tuesday. Heavy rains on Monday played havoc on the event which was trimmed to just 18 holes.

MState's probable line up will include an all-sophomore look - Matt Fast, Noah Goldman, Carlos Sainz, Jr., Logan Young and Brian Mason. Goldman and Sainz, Jr. were MSU's top-finisher in the pervious event with rounds of 74.

Head coach Clay Homan's squad will look to put the finishing touches on an impressive fall '06. The squad has won two events, the Callis Communications Intercollegiate and the Magnolia Cup. Fast also claimed top honors at the Callis Communications event in Mobile, Ala. State has finished in the top-five in four of the five events so far this fall.

The 14-team field at the par 72 Ironhorse Course at the Vanderbilt Legends Golf Club includes - Arkansas State, College of Charleston, Furman, Memphis, Mercer, Middle Tennessee State, Ole Miss, North Florida, Rice, Tennessee-Chattanooga, Toledo, Vanderbilt and Virginia. UVA is the defending champion from the 2005 edition.

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