News from MSU Media Relations--October 22

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

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The Mississippi State University women's soccer team (6-9-1, 2-5-1 Southeastern Conference) dropped a 4-0 decision to the 11th-ranked University of Tennessee Lady Volunteers (11-2-2, 6-1-1 SEC) on Sunday afternoon at the Regal Soccer Stadium in Knoxville, Tenn.

In the first period, Tennessee broke the scoreless tie at 34:40 on a six-yard left-side shot by Tanya Emerson from Kylee Rossi, which sneaked passed Holland to give the Lady Vols a 1-0 advantage heading into the break.

Tennessee's second goal of the game came from Rossi at 57:46. The rebound shot was from six yards out and scored in the lower left corner. Minutes later at 60:33, Emily Redberg scored the Lady Vols' third shot. Redberg added her second goal of the day at 66:12 on a pass from Mick Ingram.

State's first shot of the second half came from senior forward Treena Ferguson. Ferguson's shot was on target, but UT goalkeeper Jaimel Johnson came up with the save. It was State's second shot of the afternoon.

MSU's one corner kick on the day came at 79:19. Caitlin Gallagher's kick went to the goal but Tennessee was able to clear the ball without the Bulldogs making a shot attempt.

The MSU defense posted two key stops during the second half. Jordan Falcusan's two shots in the 51st minute came close to crossing the goal line, but after the team registered a save, Falcusan's second shot was blocked.

Goalkeeper Taryn Holland recorded three saves on 27 Lady Vol shots, 13 of those coming during the opening stanza. Senior Stephanie Dallas recorded 21 minutes in goal on the afternoon, holding the Lady Vols at bay allowing no goals, with one save on four UT shots.

MSU returns home on Thursday evening to host the Kentucky Wildcats in a 7 p.m. contest from the MSU Soccer Field. The Bulldogs will honor the 2007 senior class. Admission is free.

Women's Tennis
ATHENS, Ga. - The Mississippi State women's tennis team opened doubles play at the ITA Southern Regional Championships Sunday with two doubles teams posting opening-round wins before bowing out in the round of 16. One MSU player remains alive in singles competition entering the third day of competition on Monday.

A Draw doubles play began with MState's Elna de Villiers and Radka Ferancova downing South Florida's Jessica Zok and Natalie Guevara 8-3. The Mississippi State duo would then fall to the nation's sixth-ranked tandem of Alex Haney and Melissa Koning of Auburn 8-4. Also in the A draw, Renée Joseph and Daniela Juskova dropped a tough opening match 8-4 to Troy's Annabelle Bares and Rawia El Sissi.

In B Draw doubles, the MSU tandem of Valeriya Makarycheva and Tatiana Feit claimed victory in their first contest, defeating Stephanie Viera and Caroline Jouanin of Troy 8-5. In their round of 16 affair, the Lady Bulldog pair would fight hard against Jacksonville's Tatiana Soldatova and Iva Jarasova, but eventually fall 8-6.

B Draw singles play continued Sunday with de Villiers and Makarycheva meeting tough competitors from Stetson and Jacksonville, respectively. De Villiers dropped a hard-fought match to Breanna Arkinson 6-4, 6-3 and Lina Xu defeated Makarycheva 6-4, 7-6(6).

In the B consolation draw, Ferancova claimed her first singles victory of the year by defeating Ayano Tanaka of Kennesaw State 6-4, 6-3. As MSU's lone remaining entry in this weekend's tournament, Ferancova will play in the round of 16 of that field Monday.

Also in B consolation draw, Feit faced Juliana Umiki of Jacksonville, but was outlasted in three tough sets, 2-6, 6-2, 7-6(10).

Women's Golf
GREENVILLE, S.C. - The Mississippi State women's golf team fired a final-found 308 on Sunday to finish in 11th place at the Lady Paladin Invitational at the Furman University Golf Couse. The Lady Bulldogs finished the three-day event with a 932 team score.

On the final day of action, MSU was led by senior Julia Huh who shot a 70 on Sunday, which was second best in the field. The Pasadena, Md., native finished the tournament with a 228 and tied for 12th. Freshman Erika Thornton finished the tournament in a tie for 27th, shooting a 233. Mallory Batson tied for 42nd after a three day total of 235 while sophomore Gina Sharp tied for 49th with a 237. Suzanne Stanley fired her tournament-best score of 79 on Sunday to finish with a 249.

TCU carded a 299 in the final round as they ran away with the team title by 14 strokes. North Carolina-Wilmington's Carmen Perez-Narbon shot a 3-under 69, on Sunday to claim the individual crown by two strokes.

MSU will conclude its fall season next weekend as they travel to Tuscaloosa, Ala., to compete in the Ann Rhoads Intercollegiate.

Men's Golf
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Mississippi State men's golf team stands in second place after one round of play in the Mason Rudolph Invitational at the par-71 Roper's Knob Course at Legends Club. As a team, the Bulldogs notched a 284, even-par round in Sunday opening round, trailing the current leader, the University of Mississippi, by one stroke.

MState was led by junior Noah Goldman, who is tied for third after his 2-under par performance in round one. Junior Matt Fast trails Goldman by one stroke through the first round and is in a four-way tie for ninth place. Junior Calos Sainz, Jr. was 1-over par, followed by junior Logan Young who shot a 2-over par 73 in the first round. Bulldog junior walk-on Josh Bevell, who is playing in his fourth consecutive tournament, is currently at 3-over par.

Going into round two, South Alabama trails MSU by two strokes, while the Bulldogs hold a three-stroke lead over host Vanderbilt. Mississippi State was one of three schools that produced an eagle in round one, and were second on the leader board with 14 birdies on the day.

MState will tee off at 9:40 a.m. CT Monday and will be paired with Mississippi and South Alabama.

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