News from MSU Media Relations--April 9

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Women's Tennis
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State's Lady Bulldog tennis squad fell 6-1 to No. 24 Tennessee to close out its home slate at the A.J. Pitts Tennis Centre Sunday.

Tennessee (11-8, 6-4 Southeastern Conference) took the early lead with a sweep of doubles competition. First off, State's tandem of Elna de Villiers and DeAndra Saddler fell in an 8-1 decision to UT's duo of Samantha Orlin and Blakeley Griffith on court #2. Clinching the point for UT, the Lady Vol duo of Caitlin Whoriskey and Zsofia Zubor defeated Martina Banikova and Valeriya Makarycheva 8-2 at the top position. In the final match, UT's Vicky Jones and Connor Vogel prevailed in an 8-6 tightly-contested match against Lady Bulldogs Renee Joseph and Daniela Juskova.

UT went on to claim the first three singles matches to give them the win. First off, on court #3, MSU's Juskova dropped identical 6-1 sets to Whoriskey. At No. 6, UT's Zubor took a 6-3, 6-0 match from State's Makarycheva to give Tennessee a 3-0 lead. Clinching the match on court #5, UT's Jones downed State's Saddler 6-0, 6-2.

Serving as State's lone point was de Villiers on court #2 where her Lady Vol opponent, Vogel, retired in the second set after taking the first in a tiebreaker.

UT grabbed wins in the final two matches of the day as well. MSU's Joseph dropped a 6-3, 6-0 match to Tennessee's Orlin on court #4. Last off, State's 71st-ranked Banikova lost in a 6-3, 7-5 match to UT's 35th-ranked Griffith to give UT its sixth and final point of the afternoon.

"We were just outplayed today and lost to a solid team," said MSU Head Coach Tracy Lane. "All we can do now is take a day off and get ready for Ole Miss."

State concludes the 2007 regular season on Saturday, April 14, in Oxford, Miss., competing against in-state rival Mississippi at 1 p.m. CT.

Men's Tennis
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The Mississippi State men's tennis team dropped a close 5-2 decision to #22 Tennessee Sunday afternoon at the UT Varsity Courts. The Bulldogs won the doubles point, but ultimately fell in some close singles matches, which cost them the victory.

MSU (6-12, 3-7) took the opening point, winning two of the three doubles matches. The first match complete on court #3 saw UT's Bo Hardegree and Davey Sandgren down State's Chris Doerr and Ryan Farlow 8-5. The Bulldog junior pair of Ivan Bjelica and Philippe Frayssinoux evened things up as they topped Tennessee's 23rd-ranked team of Bobby Cameron and Kaden Hensel 9-7 on court #1. The decision came down to court #2 where State's duo of Artem Kuznetsov and Pjotrs Necajevs battled UT's 46th-ranked pair of Adam Hubble and Ben Rogers to a tiebreaker. Kuznetsov and Necajevs dominated the tiebreaker, winning the first seven points to clinch the point for MSU.

Tennessee (15-5, 7-3) and State would then battle in some close singles matches to decide the outcome. While State and UT split first sets on the six singles courts, Tennessee quickly began to take advantage as play progressed. UT's Chris Racz evened the team score at 1-1 when he defeated MSU's Edouard Benchetrit 6-3, 6-1 on court #5. The Vols took a 2-1 lead when #117 Sandgren downed MSU freshman Kuznetsov 6-3, 6-3 on court #3. UT's lead went to 3-1 when Tennessee's Rogers rallied to defeat State's Farlow 1-6, 6-1, 6-2 on court #4. The gap was closed to 3-2 when MSU's #75 Frayssinoux outlasted UT's 36th-ranked Cameron 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 on court #2. Bjelica's attempt to even the match on court #1 came up just short as he fell 6-3, 7-6 to 33rd-ranked Kaden Hensel on court #1, which gave the Volunteers the win. In the last remaining match on court #6, UT's Hubble rallied to defeat MSU's Doerr 6-7, 6-2, 6-4 to give Tennessee their fifth and final point.

With the loss, the Bulldogs dropped to 2-8 this season on the road. With the win on court #2, Frayssinoux moved to 22-12 overall this season. State won the doubles point in conference play for the third time this season.

State will conclude its regular season next Saturday, as they host seventh-ranked arch rival Mississippi. Match time is set for 1 p.m. at the A.J. Pitts Tennis Centre.

Men's Golf
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Playing in its final tournament before the Southeastern Conference Championship, Mississippi State's men's golf team will compete in the Palisades Golf Classic in Charlotte, N.C. on Monday and Tuesday (April 9-10) of this week.

The Palisades Golf Classic is new to the MState schedule for 2007 and is co-hosted by the Charlotte Sports Commission, Charlotte, Davidson and Belmont Abbey College. The opening round is scheduled to get underway Monday morning with the second round to follow in the afternoon.

MSU is coming off an eighth-place finish at the University of South Alabama Spring Classic in Mobile, Ala. Sophomores Noah Goldman and Carlos Sainz, Jr. led the Maroon and White in the event, finishing 21st in the field. Goldman, a Longwood, Fla.-native has led State in four of the ten events played this season. He also paces the team in scoring with a 73.54 average.

Playing in one of its largest tournament fields, State joins 17 other teams in the Queen City of Charlotte. Co-hosts-Belmont Abbey College, Charlotte, Davidson, Francis Marion, Lamar, Louisville, Memphis, Mercer, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Florida, Sam Houston State, South Alabama, Southeastern Louisiana, Tennessee-Chattanooga, Texas-Arlington and Xavier.

Following completion of the Palisades Golf Classic, the Bulldogs will turn their attention to the league-wide championship that will commence on April 20 in St. Simons Island, Ga. where the SEC Men's Golf Championships has taken place over the past six seasons.

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