News from MSU Media Relations--February 19

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Men's Tennis
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - The MSU men's tennis team dropped a 4-0 decision to the 44th-ranked MTSU Blue Raiders at the Murfreesboro Racquet Club on Sunday afternoon. The Bulldogs lost the opening doubles point and quickly fell behind in singles which proved to be the difference in the match.

The first match completed in doubles came on court #1. MTSU's 16th-ranked tandem of Adreas Siljestrom and Barco Born topped State's pair of Ivan Bjelica and Philippe Frayssinoux 8-4. The Blue Raiders clinched the doubles point when Blue Raiders Marc Boiron and Joao Paolielo knocked off MSU's 28th-ranked pair of Artem Kuznetsov and Pjotrs Necajevs 8-6 on court #2. MTSU also took the win on court #3 when MTSU's Marc Rocafort and Morgan Richard knocked off Bulldogs Chris Doerr and Ryan Farlow 8-6.

The Blue Raiders waisted no time in increasing their momentum once singles began. MTSU took a 2-0 lead when 41st-ranked Siljestrom defeated State's 31st-ranked Frayssinoux 6-3, 6-2 on court #1. The Blue Raiders extended their lead to 3-0 when MTSU's Richard topped State freshman Benchetrit 6-2, 6-1 on court #4. The clinching point for the Blue Raiders came on court #2 where Born held off MSU's 32nd-ranked Bjelica 6-3, 7-6. Play was suspended on the three remaining singles courts when the match was clinched. On court #3, MSU's Kuznetsov trailed MTSU's Rocafort 7-5, 5-3. On court #5, State's Farlow led 3-2 when play was halted while play on court #6 between Doerr and Paolielo was suspended at 1-1.

The Bulldogs dropped only their second match ever to MTSU and now lead the series 15-2. MSU's Frayssinoux fell to 14-7 on the year while Bjelica dropped to 13-9.

State's next action will come Wednesday when the Bulldogs host Louisiana Lafayette at the A.J. Pitts Tennis Centre on the MSU campus. The match is slated to begin at 2 p.m.

Men's Golf
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State's men's golf team will open the 2007 spring portion the schedule on Monday, Feb. 19, participating in the Rio Pinar Intercollegiate in Orlando, Fla. The 54-hole event will run thru Tuesday, Feb. 20 at the par 72 Rio Pinar Country Club.

MState will be making its third-straight appearance in the event. In 2006, the squad opened the spring session with a seventh-place finish in the tournament. The two-day event will be co-hosted by the University of South Alabama and the University of Memphis this year.

MSU head coach Clay Homan's line up will consist of sophomores Carlos Sainz, Jr., Noah Goldman, Brian Mason and Logan Young. Junior Jake Lambert rounds out the five-man line up. Goldman will be playing just 12 miles from his hometown of Longwood, Fla. He features a line up-best 73.86 scoring average after the fall competition.

The Maroon and White are is coming off an impressive fall slate, finishing in the top five in three of the six fall tournaments. The squad claimed the Callis Communications Intercollegiate in Mobile, Ala.

"We have a chance to get the season started on a good note with a familiar place in Rio Pinar Country Club. We have some guys that have played this course before in past seasons," said MSU head coach Clay Homan.

The field for the Rio Pinar Intercollegiate includes - Furman, Georgia Southern, Kansas State, Louisville, Mercer, Memphis, Missouri, Ohio State, Ole Miss, South Alabama, South Florida, Southern Mississippi, Tulsa, Texas -Arlington, Chattanooga and Wichita State.

The Bulldogs will be paired with Louisville and Tulsa on the opening day of the event. The Cardinals of UL are ranked No. 17 according to the latest rankings by and Tulsa enters the event at No. 18.

First round action will begin on Monday morning, while the second round will transpire during the afternoon.

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