NEW ORLEANS, La. - The Mississippi State men's tennis squad concluded play at the Southeastern Conference Indoor Championships Friday at the Rivercenter Racquet and Healthclub in New Orleans, La. While State bowed out in all maindraw action early Saturday afternoon, the Bulldogs found success in consolation singles later in the day.
In one round of consolation matches played, three Bulldogs won matches in their respective draws. In the A Draw, State freshman Pjotrs Necajevs defeated Tennessee's Davey Sandgren 6-7(4), 7-5, 1-0(8) in a third-set supertiebreaker. MSU's Artem Kuznetsov, also a freshman, defeated Florida's Jordan Dolberg when the UF senior retired due to injury after Kuznetsov won the first set 7-5. In B Draw consolation, State freshman Chris Doerr won his first collegiate match when he knocked off Florida's Billy Mulligan 5-7, 6-1, 1-0(8). In other B Draw consolation action, a pair of Bulldogs dropped close matches. State's Eric Lim fell 6-3, 4-6, 1-0(8) to LSU's Martel Campbell while Ryan Farlow dropped a pair of tiebreakers in a 7-6(5), 7-6(6) loss to Florida's Dan Cash.
In the second round of A Draw singles earlier in the day, State's 31st-ranked Philippe Frayssinoux dropped a 7-6(3), 6-0 decision to Mississippi's 79th-ranked Robbye Poole to conclude his play in the tournament.
In main-draw doubles action on Saturday, two MSU teams came up short. The Bulldog pair of Doerr and Farlow fell 8-4 to Georgia's tandem of John Isner, a winner of three collegiate national championships, and partner Josh Varela. MSU's 28th-ranked duo of Kuznetsov and Necajevs fell 8-3 to LSU's fifth-seeded team of Danny Bryan and Colt Gaston.
State's next action will come Feb. 3 when the Bulldogs host UAB to open up the 2007 dual-match season. The match at the A.J. Pitts Tennis Centre on the MSU campus is slated for a 1 p.m. start.
ATHENS, Ga. - Four Lady Bulldogs claimed victory in singles consolation on the last day of the Georgia Invitational Sunday for Mississippi State. MSU also grabbed one doubles victory on the day.
Sophomore Martina Banikova notched a 6-3, 6-3 win over Kansas State's Viviana Yrureta in Red Draw consolation, while three other lady netters claimed victory in the Black Draw consolation.
In the Black Draw, freshman Valeriya Makarycheva downed her Troy opponent Fabiana Gouvia 6-2, 6-3. In three sets each, Tatiana Feit and DeAndra Saddler came through against their Wildcats foes. Feit came back from a 4-6 first-set score to K-State's Olga Klimova to finish the match 7-5, 6-2 to claim the win. The freshman Saddler opened up with a 7-5 first-set win against K-State's Fernanda da Valle, stumbled 3-6 in the second set, and then came back strong in the third, 6-2, for the victory.
Other singles play Sunday included Elna de Villiers dropping a 6-3, 6-4 match to K-State's Katerina Kudlackova. Junior Renee Joseph faced Annabelle Bares of Troy, falling 6-2, 6-3.
In doubles action, de Villiers and Joseph came out strong, taking an 8-2 match versus Troy's Caroline Jounia and Nicole Shaw. Joseph also teamed up with Feit against host Georgia's Adrienne Elsberry and Naoko Ueshima. But the State tandem fell 8-3.
The Lady Bulldogs will open up 2007 dual match play at home against the Buffaloes of Colorado at the A. J. Pitts Tennis Centre on Feb. 2 at 2 p.m.