News from MSU Media Relations--October 20

The lastest sports news from the MSU Media Relations Department...Soccer, Men's Basketball, Men's Tennis, Women's Tennis, Men's Golf & Women's Golf.

ATHENS, Ga. - Mississippi State (6-8-1, 2-4-1 Southeastern Conference) battled for its biggest win of the season on Friday night, defeating 17th-ranked Georgia (12-2-1, 5-1-1 SEC), 1-0, at the UGA Soccer Field in Athens. With nine shots on the evening, the lone shot on goal came from sophomore Katelyn Graben at 80:59. The goal was unassisted and the Gulfport, Miss.-native's fourth of the season.

The win snapped MState's 13 game road losing streak and marked the first home and conference loss for Georgia this season.

"I thought we battled for 90 minutes tonight," said MState Head Coach Neil Macdonald. "Our back four played outstanding. To beat the top team in the conference on their home field is huge and really shows the character these girls have."

In goal for MSU, sophomore Taryn Holland posted her third shutout of the year and second in SEC play. State had an opportunity to score earlier in the second period when Ashley Hood's shot missed the net by mere inches. Holland's superb play was highlighted by a save just seconds after hitting the ground following a collision at the net.

Homestanding Georgia had 16 attempts to find the net during the opening period, but a strong MState defense and eight saves from Holland thwarted Georgia's scoring chances.

State managed four shot opportunities during the half, the first coming from senior Treena Ferguson. The Ontario, Canada-native's shot at the 40-minute mark went just wide of the goal.

Later in the period, sophomore Ashlee Drake, earning her first start of the season, Ferguson and junior Bethany Frazier each had chances to score for MState but all three shots went wide.

Georgia had plenty of scoring opportunities on the evening with 26 shots and eight corner kicks compared to MState's nine shots. MSU had no corner kick tries on the evening. Of the 26 UGA shots, only nine were on goal.

State continues its road trip on Sunday, facing 11th-ranked Tennessee in a 1 p.m. CT contest from Knoxville.

Men's Basketball
STARKVILLE, Miss. - The Mississippi State Athletic Department announced Friday that all season tickets for the 2007-08 men's basketball season have been sold. It marks the second straight year all tickets have been sold out prior to the start of the season.

On Thursday, the Bulldog Club completed a week-long reseating effort of Humphrey Coliseum and, as of late Thursday evening, all seats in the facility had been allocated for the upcoming MSU campaign.

Coach Rick Stansbury's Bulldogs are coming off a season that saw them capture the 2007 Southeastern Conference Western Division crown and advance to the semifinals of the National Invitation Tournament in New York.

State opens its 2007-08 season Nov. 3, hosting University of the Cumberlands in an exhibition contest at Humphrey Coliseum. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. CT.

Men's Tennis
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Mississippi State's 40th-ranked Philippe Frayssinoux won his 11th match of the season Friday, as he advanced to the fourth round of the ITA Southeast Region Indoor Championships in Lexington, Ky. The Plasir, France native knocked off Josh Varela of Georgia 6-2, 6-2 and moved to 11-2 this fall.

Frayssinoux, partnered with Pjotr Necajev, moved on in doubles competition due to a walkover in their first-round match. In the only other doubles match contested for State, Chris Doerr and Maximilen Genuini fell 8-6 to Florida's eighth-ranked duo of Greg Ouellette and Tyler Hockwalt.

In other main-draw singles action on Friday, State junior Ryan Farlow opened the day with a 6-3, 6-3 second-round win over J.C. Whitner of Miami, but dropped a 6-2, 6-3 decision to Mississippi's Kalle Norberg in the third round later in the day.

In consolation singles action, two Bulldogs advanced to Saturday's second round. Bulldog freshman Genuini topped Charles Williams of Morehead State 6-1, 6-7, 1-0(10) while Doerr advanced with a walkover. MSU sophomore Necajev dropped a tough 7-6, 3-6, 0-1(20) decision to Vanderbilt's Adam Baker in his first-round consolation match.

Play will continue Saturday at Kentucky's Boone Tennis Complex and the Lexington Tennis Club.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Mississippi State junior Ryan Farlow won his first-round match Thursday on the first day of action at the ITA Southeast Regional Indoor Championships in Lexington, Ky. Farlow won a 6-1, 6-2 decision over Morehead State's Lovell medcalfe and advanced to the second round of the main draw on Friday. Also beginning play on Friday will be State's 40th-ranked Philippe Frayssinoux who received a bye thru the first two rounds.

Three Bulldogs fell in their first-round matches on Thursday and will begin play Friday in the consolation bracket. Bulldog Chris Doerr fell 6-3, 6-0 to Diego Toledo of South Florida while Bulldog Freshman Maximilien Genuini dropped a 6-4, 7-6(5) decision to Florida A&M's Artiom Podgainii. Also falling was Bulldog sophomore Pjotr Necajev who dropped a tough 6-4, 6-7(4), 6-2 match to R.J. Nagel of South Alabama.

Doubles competition will also begin on Friday and continue through Monday along with main draw singles and consolation singles.

Women's Tennis
ATHENS, Ga. - Mississippi State's lady netters travel to Athens, Ga., this weekend (Oct. 20-23) for the ITA South Regional Championships on the campus of the University of Georgia.

Head Coach Tracy Lane will guide her team to their third tournament of the fall after competing in the Ole Miss Classic in Oxford and the Roberta Alison Fall Classic in Tuscaloosa, Ala. State will send six Lady Bulldogs to compete in singles - Renée Joseph, Daniela Juskova, Radka Ferancova, Elna de Villiers, Valeriya Makarycheva, and Tatiana Feit. The three doubles teams will include Ferancova and de Villiers, Juskova and Joseph and Makarycheva and Feit.

At the Roberta Alison Fall Classic earlier this season, Joseph and Juskova (4-2 this season), went 3-0 to capture the Gold bracket title. Also, in singles this year, the two have identical 5-2 records to lead MSU.

Singles play in the Southern Regionals will start on Saturday at UGA's Dan Magill Tennis Complex and run through Tuesday. Doubles play will begin on Sunday and also run through Tuesday.

"We are going to be playing great competition this weekend," said Lane. "It is a great opportunity for our team to play the best competition in the region."

The regional championships will include Alabama, Alabama-Birmingham, Auburn, Central Florida, Florida, Florida A&M, Florida Gulf Coast, Florida International, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Georgia Tech, Jacksonville, Jacksonville State, Kennesaw State, Miami (Fla.), Mississippi, South Florida, Stetson and Troy. The tournament is a qualifying event for the ITA National Indoor Championships (Nov. 1-4) in Columbus, Ohio.

Men's Golf
STARKVILLE, Miss. - After nearly a two-week break from competition, the Mississippi State men's golf team returns to action Sunday in the Mason Rudolph Invitational at the Legends Club in Nashville, Tenn. The 54-hole event will be played in a three-day format, with 18 holes played per day.

It will be only the second 54-hole tournament the Bulldogs have played this fall. State is coming off a top-five finish in the Memphis Intercollegiate, where the Bulldogs tied for fifth in the 15-team field.

The Bulldogs lineup for the Invitational will include all juniors led by Logan Young, who is coming off a third place finish at the Memphis Intercollegiate. Josh Bevell and Carlos Sainz, Jr., who have participated in all three of MState's previous tournaments this fall, will make the trip to the Music City. Noah Goldman and Matt Fast will be the final two competitors for the Bulldogs at the Invitational.

"We are facing a strong field this week, and these next two-weeks are very important for us," said MSU Head Coach Clay Homan. "How we play these next couple weeks determines a lot for us. We have been playing very well lately and I am expecting some low scores from some of the guys."

The field includes SEC foes Vanderbilt, the host, Mississippi and Arkansas. Memphis, Louisville, South Alabama, Southeastern Louisiana and Notre Dame are also in the Invitational.

Women's Golf
GREENVILLE, S.C. - The Mississippi State women's golf squad fired a first-round 313 at the Lady Paladin Invitational on Friday and stand in a tie for 11th in the 18 team field. In a packed field, the Lady Bulldogs stand only six shots out of third place heading into Saturday's second round.

Leading the charge in the first round for MSU was senior Julia Huh. The Pasadena, Md., native shot a 77 and stands in a tie for 18th. One stroke back from Huh is freshman Erika Thornton, who carded a 78 to open the tournament and is in a tie for 31st. MSU's Mallory Batson and Gina Sharp both shot 79 as they stand in a tie for 42nd. State sophomore Suzanne Stanley concluded the first round with an 86.

East Tennessee State is the opening-round team leader after firing a 299 and stand a stroke ahead of TCU. In the individual race, North Carolina-Wilmington's Carmen Perez-Narbon is the leader after shooting a 2-under par, 70. She leads East Tennessee State's Laura Jansone by a stroke.

Second Round action at the Lady Paladin Invitational will get underway at the Furman University Golf Course at 7:30 a.m. CT.

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State's women's golf team will open up play Friday at the Lady Paladin Invitational held at the University of Furman Golf Club in Greenville, S.C. The three-day tournament is the first of two consecutive events that the Lady Bulldogs will play in the next two weekends.

Competing this weekend for State will be senior Julia Huh, freshmen Mallory Batson and Erika Thornton along with sophomores Gina Sharp and Suzanne Stanley. Joining MSU in the field are 17 other team, including five teams in the nation's top-45. Currently, the Lady Bulldogs are just outside that mark, ranking 51st in the latest Golfweek Poll.

"The team has been working hard and playing well during our last two weeks of practice," said MSU head coach Christi Sanders. "The players believe in each other and are very confident going into this week's competition and we look forward to a successful outcome."

Through two events this fall, Batson currently paces the team with a 75.33 stroke average. As a team, the Lady Bulldogs are averaging a 303.50 average 18 score which is more than a 10 stroke improvement from last year's final average.

First round action gets underway Friday at 7:30 a.m. CT followed by a 7:30 a.m. CT tee time on Saturday and an 8 a.m. CT shotgun start on Sunday.

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