News from MSU Media Relations--September 21

The lastest sports news from the MSU Media Relations Department...Soccer and Men's Tennis.

STARKVILLE, Miss. - After splitting games with Central Florida and Rice, Mississippi State (3-3-0) will wrap up its non-conference slate this weekend. MSU will host North Florida on Friday, September 21 at 7 p.m. (CT). The Bulldogs will then travel to Memphis for a match, Sunday, September 23 at 1 p.m. (CT).

Treena Ferguson leads the Bulldogs in almost every offensive category. She is currently 19th in the nation in points (12), and 22nd in goals (5). She is also first in the conference in shots (32) and shots on goal (16). Bethany Frazier is also fourth in the nation in assists (6), and Katelyn Graben is tied for fifth in the SEC in assists (3) and tied for ninth in points (9). Defensively, Taryn Holland leads the SEC with 39 saves.

North Florida enters this weekend's match with a 1-4-1 record. Freshman midfielder Angela Passafaro leads the Ospreys with three goals and six points. Elizabeth Gowan, Katelin Swift and Elena Luzins have added two goals apiece. North Florida returns 14 players and five starters from last year's squad that went 11-6-2 and finished third in the Atlantic Sun. The Ospreys are led defensively by pre-season all-Conference goalkeeper Rachael Howard. The junior has started every match for UNF, going 1-4-1 with a 1.69 goals against average. This will be the first-ever meeting between the two teams.

Memphis enters Sunday's match with a record, having split its first four games before defeating Alabama, 2-0, last Sunday. The Tigers return 16 players and eight starters from last year's squad that went 11-6-3 and finished third in Conference USA. Memphis is led by forward Melissa Smith. The freshman currently leads the team with eight points, having scored four goals. Freshman forward has added three goals for UM. Defensively, the Tigers are led by netminder Elise Kuhar-Pitters. The senior has played in four of five games, earning a 2-2 record with a 2.15 goals against average. This will be the 13th meeting between the two schools, with the series tied at 5-5-2. Last year, the Tigers defeated MSU in Starkville, 2-0.

Mississippi State opens its conference schedule next week. The Bulldogs travel to LSU on Friday, September 28, at 7 p.m. (CT), before heading to Fayetteville, Ark. for a match with Arkansas on Sunday, September 30 at 1 p.m. (CT).

Men's Tennis
STARKVILLE, Miss. - The Mississippi State men's tennis team will travel to Athens, Ga., this weekend to compete in the Southern Collegiate Invitational held at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex on the University of Georgia campus. In its 39th year, the Southern Collegiate is the South's oldest fall tournament.

This year's field will feature players from 34 teams from around the south. Competing in singles and doubles play for MSU will be 40th-ranked Philippe Frayssinoux, Ryan Farlow, Pjotrs Necajevs, Chris Doerr and Maximilien Genuini.

The Bulldogs are coming off a successful tournament last weekend at the MTSU Blue Raider Invitational. Frayssinoux captured the Championship Flight singles title while Frayssinoux and partner Necajevs won the doubles title.

"This weekend's tournament will be a really good gauge for our guys," said MSU head coach Per Nilsson. "There will be some really good competition and I am anxious to see how we compete."

Play will begin Friday morning and end with the championships to be play on Monday, Sept. 24.

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