TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Mississippi State men's tennis squad had a positive first day Thursday against Alabama at the Crimson Tide Fall Invitational. The Bulldogs won three singles matches and two doubles matches against the Tide in closely contested action that was played indoors due to inclement weather. In total, 11 of the 20 sets played went to a tiebreaker before they were decided. While play is similar to normal dual matches, only individual results are recorded during the tournament.
In singles, the Bulldogs split with the Crimson Tide. MSU senior Ivan Bjelica, ranked 42nd-nationally, knocked off 35th-ranked Josheph Jung 7-6(0), 2-6, 1-0(8) in a third set super tiebreaker. Also winning in the third set for MSU was Philippe Frayssinoux. The junior edged Alabama's Sammy Struyf 7-6(2), 4-6, 1-0(7) to claim his 10th win of the season. MSU freshman Artem Kuznetsov also won in three sets, defeating UA's Saketh Myneni 6-1, 6-7(6), 1-0(7). Two Bulldogs were victims of third set super tiebreaker losses. State freshman Pjotrs Necajevs dropped a 5-7, 7-6(3), 1-0(6) decision to Alabama's Billy Mertz while MSU sophomore Ryan Farlow fell to UA's Dan Buikema 6-1, 5-7, 1-0(9), despite having match point. MSU freshman Eric Lim also fell 6-0, 6-2 to Bama's Matthieu Thibaudeau.
In doubles play, the Bulldogs edged out the Tide in two of the three matches. State's Necajevs and Kuznetsov topped Bama's Javier Bes and Billy Mertz in a tiebreaker 9-8(4) while State's Farlow and Josh Irey won 9-7 over Alabama's Taylor Striplin and Jordie Kindervater. Despite having four match points, the MSU tandem of Ivan Bjelica and Philippe Frayssinoux fell in a tiebreaker (9-8) to Bama's Buikema and Thibaudeau.
"I was very pleased with our play today against some good Alabama players," said MSU head coach Sylvain Guichard. "In particular, I was happy to see us win two close doubles matches and have a chance to win the third one. That has been a big area of concern for us in recent years and we are improving there every day."
The Bulldogs will continue play at the Crimson Tide Fall Invitational Friday, taking on Nebraska. Singles will begin at 9 a.m. while singles will be played at 11 a.m.
STARKVILLE, MISS. - The Mississippi State (2-15-0, 1-9-0) soccer team closes its season Friday night at 7:00 p.m., as they host rival Ole Miss in the battle for the Magnolia Cup at the MSU Soccer Field. The Bulldogs look to snap a season-long eight game losing streak.
State is 4-5-3 all-time against Ole Miss. Its four wins are tied for the most all-time against an SEC school. They also have won four versus South Carolina. MSU is 2-2-1 against the Rebels in Starkville. The Bulldogs are undefeated in the last three meetings against UM. Last year, the teams battle to a 1-1 tie in Oxford.
Junior forward Treena Ferguson is currently tied for seventh in the conference with seven goals.
Freshman Taryn Holland is currently fifth in the conference with 4.18 saves per game and junior Stephanie Dallas is tied for eighth with 50 saves.
You can follow all the action live at www.mstateathletics.com.
STARKVILLE, Miss. - The Mississippi State women's golf squad will close out its fall season this weekend (Oct. 27-29), at The Derby Invitational in Auburn, Ala. The tournament will be held at the par 72, 6,310-yard Auburn University Course.
Competing for the Lady Bulldogs this weekend will be senior Amanda Mathis, junior Julia Huh, sophomores Jillian Jones and Leigh Phillips along with freshman Suzanne Stanley. Mathis currently leads the squad with a 76.11 stroke average while Huh led State in the last tournament at the Lady Paladin Invitational.
"We look forward to playing the Auburn University Club this weekend," said MSU head coach Christi Sanders. "We have not played there since we finished second in the team standings in 2000, and had an individual winner as well in Lina Thoren. No one on this squad has played the course so we will work hard in the practice round to become familiar with their terrain."
A tournament that traditionally has had a very strong field, this year's Derby Invitational is no exception. State joins a field of 17 of the nation's top teams. Ten of the teams are ranked in the top-50 , while five are ranked in the top-25.
MSU will begin play at The Derby Invitational Friday at 7:45 a.m. C.T. with a shotgun start. Play will also begin Saturday at 7:45 a.m. CT while Sunday's final round will get underway at 8:30 a.m. CT. Live scoring for the tournament is available at www.golfstat.com.