ATHENS, Ga. - The Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs began play at the ITA Southern Regional Championships Saturday by claiming five of nine singles matches contested on the day. A big upset in the A Draw and two players advancing to the round of 16 in the B bracket highlighted the day for State.
A Draw singles play was highlighted by Renée Joseph's opening-round matchup with 17th-ranked Megan Alexander of Florida. Joseph won the opening set, with Alexander claiming the second. In a tiebreak third set, Joseph pulled off one of the biggest upsets of her career with a final score of 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(6). After that fierce battle, Joseph would later fall to Naoko Ueshima of host Georgia in the second round.
Lady Bulldogs Valeriya Makarycheva and Elna de Villiers both moved into the round of 16 in the B Draw with victories Saturday. Makarycheva defeated Troy's Carolina Joania 6-4, 6-3, and followed it up with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Kyla McNicol of Central Florida. De Villiers, who had an opening round bye, defeated Tatiana Soldatova of Jacksonville University 6-2, 2-6, 6-1 in the second round.
In other A Draw singles action for MSU, Daniela Juskova won her opening matchup with Jessica Zok of South Florida in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3. She later succumbed to 125th-ranked Kelley Hyndman of Georgia 6-1, 6-2.
In other B draw action, State's Tatiana Feit dropped a hard-fought, three-set match to Catherine Canady of Stetson, 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 in the first round. With a first-round bye, Radka Ferancova fought hard against Yana Kireeva of Mississippi in the second round, but eventually fell 6-2, 6-4.
Mississippi State's doubles teams will see their first action tomorrow. MState's Joseph and Juskova will take on Troy's Annabelle Bares and Rawia El Sissi. Ferancova and de Villiers will take on South Florida's Jessica Zok and Natalia Guevara. Makarycheva and Feit will compete against Stephanie Viera and Caolina Jouania of Troy.
Play will continue Sunday at 8 a.m. CT at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex beginning with doubles.
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Mississippi State's men's tennis team concluded play Saturday at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's Southeast Region Indoor Championships in Lexington, Ky. State's 40th-ranked Philippe Frayssinoux fell in singles main-draw action while other bulldogs fell in consolation singles and doubles.
Frayssinoux dropped his fourth-round match to Alabama's 97th-ranked Mathieu Thibaudeau 7-6, 7-6 to end his run through the main draw. The loss was only the third this fall for Frayssinoux. In main-draw doubles action early on Saturday, Frayssinoux, along with Pjotr Necajev fell 8-6 to Georgia State's pair of Nejc Podkrajsek and Anze Cevka.
In consolation action on Saturday, State's Ryan Farlow opened with a win over Renan Silveira of Samford when Silveira defaulted with Farlow leading 5-0. In the second round however, Farlow dropped a close 6-4, 7-6 decision to Jeremy Tweedt of Tennessee. Two other Bulldogs also fell in consolation action on Saturday. Sophomore Chris Doerr fell 6-1, 6-1 to Samford's Jordan Delass while freshman Maximilien Genuini dropped a 6-4, 2-6, 1-0(7) match to Kentucky's Will Beck.
State will conclude its fall schedule next weekend, as they travel to Tuscaloosa, Ala., to compete in the Alabama Invitational.
GREENVILLE, S.C. - The Mississippi State women's golf team remained in 11th place at the Lady Paladin Invitational, shooting a 311 in the second round on Saturday. The Lady Bulldogs stand only eight strokes out of fourth place heading into Sunday's final round.
The Lady Bulldogs were led in the second round by freshman Erika Thornton. The Knoxville, Tenn., native fired a 75 and stands in a tie for 14th, with a two-round total of 153. Mallory Batson, also a freshman, shot a 77 and moved up to a tie for 31st in the individual standings. MSU's Gina Sharp is in a tie for 39th after a 78 on Saturday while senior Julia Huh is in a tie for 45th with a two-round score of a 158. Suzanne Stanley is in a tie for 89th after a round of 83 on Saturday.
TCU overtook the team lead on the second day, firing a 297 and leads by seven strokes over East Tennessee State. Laura Jansone of East Tennessee State is the individual leader by three strokes after a round of 73 on Saturday.
Final round action will begin at 8 a.m. CT Sunday with a shotgun start.