News from MSU Media Relations--October 23

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STARKVILLE, MISS. - Mississippi State (2-15-0, 1-9-0) came out of the gate flying, but after holding off the Bulldogs early, Vanderbilt (10-3-5, 6-2-2) took over, shutting out MSU, 4-0. With the loss, the Bulldogs have now lost eight consecutive matches.

Play began with both teams going up-and-down the field. Five minutes in, Mary Kate Ayers sent a shot from 20 yards out that went just wide. Just under three minutes later, Meredith Kohn blasted a shot that MSU netminder Stephanie Dallas saved. Amy Baumann got the rebound, but Dallas again thwarted the Commodores.

The teams battled for the next twenty minutes, with neither team getting an opportunity. At the 28:38 mark, Lea Lafield sent a corner kick toward the net. Susan McAleavey headed the ball towards on net, but the ball bounced off the right post, then the crossbar, and MSU knocked the ball out of its zone.

But, Vandy broke the scoreless tie at the 34:00 mark. Amy Baumann got the ball and fired a shot past Dallas from 20-yards out, giving VU the 1-0 lead. Just over six minutes later, the Commodores added another goal, this time by Nicole Lukens from 15 yards out for a 2-0 Vanderbilt lead heading into halftime.

Fifteen minutes into the second half, Jessica Davis got the ball just past midfield and headed toward the VU net. Davis sent a shot from 30 yards out, but the ball sailed high, keeping it a two-goal game.

In the 67th minute, Vandy peppered Dallas with three consecutive shots, but each time, Dallas was up to the challenge, keeping the ball out of the net. However, seven seconds later, off a Sarah Dennis corner kick, Katie Schulz found the back of the net, making it a 3-0 game. Abby Jones and Baumann earned the assists on the goal.

Vanderbilt added another goal in the 74th minute to close the scoring.

Vanderbilt outshot MSU 17-4 for the game. Stephanie Dallas made seven saves.

"We're playing good soccer out of the gate," said MSU head coach Neil Macdonald. "However, when we lose a goal, our heads go down. A part of it is being young, and a part of it is that it's a theme. It's difficult for (the players) to keep it together. Over the course of the last four games, we've been very competitive. But today I was disappointed."

The Bulldogs close out the season next Friday night at 7:00 p.m. (CT) against rival Ole Miss. Seniors Sara Moore and Heidi Ondra will be honored before the match. You can follow all the action live at

Men's Tennis
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Mississippi State's Ivan Bjelica moved two steps closer to reaching the third major of his career Sunday at the ITA Southeast Regional Championships. Bjelica, ranked 42nd-nationally, reached Monday's semifinals with two wins and is one win away from qualifying for the ITA National Indoor Championships which will be held Nov. 2-5 in Columbus, Ohio.

In his round of 16 match Sunday, Bjelica eased to a 6-4, 6-3 victory over LSU's Kevin Dessauer. Bjelica then moved to the quarters where he knocked off Vanderbilt's 27th-ranked Ryan Preston 6-2, 6-1 and advanced to Monday's semis. Bjelica will face Florida's 26th-ranked Greg Ouellette at 9 a.m. CT. in the semifinals.

In doubles action on Sunday, State's Bjelica and Philippe Frayssinoux reached the quarterfinals before exiting. The duo defeated Vanderbilt's Evan Dufax and Preston 8-5 in the round of 16, but fell short to Georgia's Ricardo Gonzalez and Jamie Hunt in the quarters by a score of 8-1. MSU's freshman pair of Artem Kuznetsov and Pjotrs Necajevs fell in their round of 16 match to Alabama's Dan Buikema and Matthew Thibaudeau by a score of 8-1.

Women's Tennis
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Mississippi State Lady Bulldog Elna de Villiers fell short Sunday in the semifinals of singles in the B Draw of the ITA South Regional Championships. She had a four-match win streak broken as a result.

De Villiers fell to Troy's Annabelle Bares in a 6-2, 6-4 loss, ending a great weekend of play, that saw her win four matches en route to the semifinal round.

Playing in B Draw consolation, fellow Lady Bulldog Tatiana Feit also went down Sunday. After winning the first set 6-2 against Central Florida's Zoe Kent, Feit lost the two sets thereafter 6-4, 6-2 in the semifinal round match.

In doubles action Sunday, State's tandem of Renee Joseph and Valeriya Makarycheva took to the courts in their semifinal match of the doubles B Draw, where they dropped an 8-5 decision versus Florida State's Miranda Foley and Carolin Walter.

The Lady Bulldogs will be back in action November 3-6 at the SEC Fall Classic in Athens, Ga. The classic will be the last action of the 2006 fall season for MSU.

Men's Golf
FRANKLIN, Tenn. - Mississippi State sophomore golfer Matt Fast led the Bulldogs on the opening day of the Mason Rudolph Intercollegiate in Franklin, Tenn. just on the outskirts of Nashville, Tenn. Fast posted a round of 1-under 71 on Sunday and sits just three shots off the pace in third place.

As a team, State fired a round of 303 and heads into Monday's second round in a tie for 10th with Mercer. Sophomore Noah Goldman turned in a round of 4-over par 76 along with Logan Young posting a 77. Back in the line up after missing the last two events, senior Greg Huxman carded a round of 79.

Host-Vanderbilt and Ole Miss share the clubhouse lead after one round at 2-over par. Tennessee-Chattanooga stands three shots back at 5-over par. UTC's Mitchell Brock leads the individual standings after registering a 4-under par round of 68. The Ironhorse Course at the Vanderbilt Legends Club only surrendered six rounds of under par scoring.

MState will begin second round competition at 8:45 a.m. on Monday and will be paired with Mercer and Toledo.

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