News from MSU Media Relations--October 28

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

STARKVILLE, Miss. - The Mississippi State women's soccer team (6-10-1, 2-6-1 Southeastern Conference) travels to Nashville, Tenn. to face Vanderbilt on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. from the VU Soccer Complex. With just two games remaining in the regular season, Sunday's matchup is critical for both teams' chances in making the SEC Tournament in Orange Beach, Ala.

Vanderbilt leads all-time series, 8-1. The Bulldogs' only victory against the Commodores came during the 2002 season in Nashville. A total of four games in the series have been decided by one goal.

Vanderbilt enters Sunday's game with an overall record of 5-8-3 (2-4-2 SEC). On Thursday evening, the Commodores battled the Mississippi Rebels for a 2-2 tie. The win moved Vanderbilt up to eighth in the league standings.

The Commodores are led by Molly Kinsella. Kinsella has six goals this season and was named SEC Freshman of the Week last week. Sarah Dennis and Amy Wilcox trail the freshmen with four goals for the season. Devan Council and Rachel Batchel have each seen time in goal for VU this season with Batchel recording four shutouts on the year.

On Thursday evening, MState fell to Kentucky, 3-2. Meredith Jacobson found the back of the net twice against Kentucky for the first two goals of her Maroon and White career. Treena Ferguson leads the Bulldog offense with six goals on the season, while Katelyn Graben follows with four goals this year. Currently, the Bulldogs are 11th in the league standings.

Following Sunday's contest, MState travels to Oxford, Miss. to face archrival Mississippi in the final regular season matchup.

Men's Basketball
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Preseason all-America candidate Jamont Gordon paced the Bulldogs with 51 points, 14 assists and 13 rebounds during Mississippi State's Saturday afternoon basketball scrimmage at Humphrey Coliseum.

The junior guard/forward from Nashville collectively hit 14-of-23 shots from the field, including 5-of-11 treys, and 18-of-21 free throws during 52 playing minutes of scrimmage activity. The preseason candidate for the John R. Wooden Award tallied 20 points in the opening 20 minutes of play, followed by 17 points over the next 20 minutes and 14 points during the final dozen minutes of action.

Redshirt freshman guard Phil Turner of Grenada totalled 37 points on 13-of-25 shooting, including a red-hot 7-of-9 from behind the three-point arc. Sophomore center Jarvis Varnado followed with 34 points on 12-of-20 field goals and 9-of-12 charity tosses, along with compiling team-high totals of 20 rebounds and five blocked shots.

Senior all-SEC forward Charles Rhodes added 22 points and 15 rebounds during the scrimmage session, while sophomore guards Ben Hansbrough (20 points and six assists) and Barry Stewart (18 points and five assists) combined for 38 points and 11 assists.

Freshmen frontliners Kodi Augustus and Elgin Bailey contributed 17 and 16 points, respectively, while rookie guard Riley Benock followed with 14 points on 4-of-9 three-point shooting.

Mississippi State basketball fans will have two more preseason opportunities to check out coach Rick Stansbury's defending SEC Western Division champions the first week of November. Next Saturday (Nov. 3), the Bulldogs will play host to the University of the Cumberlands, an NAIA school located in Williamsburg, Ky., at 2 p.m. The following Tuesday (Nov. 6), MSU will welcome reigning NAIA Division I champion Oklahoma City University to campus for a 7 p.m. tip-off. Both exhibition contests at Humphrey Coliseum will also be free of charge and open to the public.

MState will officially tip off the school's 96th season of collegiate basketball competition on Saturday, Nov. 10, when the Bulldogs open a three-game homestand by playing host to Louisiana Tech.

Men's Tennis
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Mississippi State's Philippe Frayssinoux and Ryan Farlow both won two matches each on Saturday and advanced to the finals in their respective draws at the Crimson Tide Invitational in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Bulldogs Chris Doerr and Maximilien Genuini also advanced to the finals in their consolation draws.

Frayssinoux, ranked 40th-nationally and the tournaments top seed in the Bryant Draw, first defeated Nejc Podkrajsek of Georgia State 6-4, 6-4. In his semifinals match, Frayssinoux topped Samford's Jordan Delass 7-6(3), 6-4 to claim a spot in Sunday's final.

In the Musso Draw, Farlow knocked off Javier Bes of Alabama 6-1, 6-2 in the quarterfinals, before earning his place in the finals with a 7-6(4), 6-4 victory over Victor Vaz of Jacksonville. Doerr moved into the finals of the Musso Consolation Draw with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Phillip Prins of Georgia Southern. Also moving into the finals of consolation was Genuini who notched a pair of victories on Saturday in the Stabler Draw. In the first round, Genuini defeated Mike Depietro of Michigan 6-4, 6-2 and then took out Tennessee's Matt Brewer 1-6, 6-0, 6-3 to advance to Sunday's final.

In the Stallings Consolation Draw, State's Pjotrs Necajevs defeated Chris Madden of Michigan 7-5, 6-1 in the first round, but fell 7-5, 0-6, 7-5 to Abe Souza of Illinois in the semifinals.

Farlow and Doerr opened play in the Tide Doubles Draw, topping Jordi Ballester and Vaz of Jacksonville 8-4. However in the semifinals, State's pair fell 8-4 to Alabama's Andrew Felsenthal and Houssam Yassine. In Red Draw Consolation Doubles on Saturday, Frayssinoux and Genuini defeated Scott Robertson and Steffen Soloman of Jacksonville State 8-5 in the first round. The duo was forced to withdraw however due to cramps suffered by Frayssinoux. In the White Doubles Consolation Draw, MSU's Necajevs, teamed with Miguel Artero of UAB, fell 8-4 to James Lloyd and Zack Watson of Radford.

Play at the Crimson Tide Invitational will conclude on Sunday on the University of Alabama campus.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Junior Ryan Farlow and the doubles team of Farlow and sophomore Chris Doerr advanced on the first day of action Friday at the Crimson Tide Invitational in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Farlow won his opening match in the first round of the Musso draw while Farlow and Doerr advanced thru two rounds of the Tide Doubles Draw.

Farlow's victory in the first round came when he topped Georgia Tech's George Gvelesiani 6-2, 6-0 on Friday morning. With the victory, Farlow advances to face Alabama's Javier Bes Saturday at 10 a.m. CT. In Farlow and Doerr's first doubles match, the duo defeated the team of Andres Amores and Thomas Bellman of Jacksonville State University 8-2 to advance to the quarterfinals. In the quarterfinals match, Farlow and Doerr followed with an 8-4 win over Jordi Ballester and Victor Vaz of Jacksonville to advance to the semifinals. State's 40th-ranked Philippe Frayssinoux, the tournament's top seed, received a bye thru Friday's first round and will also be in action on Saturday in the Bryant Singles Draw.

In other singles action on Friday, three Bulldogs fell in their opening-round matches. Sophomore Pjotr Necajevs dropped a 6-3, 6-4 decision to Pepperdine's Omar Altman in the Stallings Singles Draw while freshman Maximilien Genuini fell 6-2, 1-6, 6-3 to Eliot Potvin of Georgia Tech in the Stabler Draw. Doerr fell in his opening-round match to Alexander Arendt of Southern Miss in three sets, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.

In Red Draw doubles, State's Frayssinoux and Genuini dropped an 8-4 decision to Anze Cevka and Nejc Podkrajsek of Georgia State while Necajevs, teamed with Eric Turner of North Carolina State, fell 8-2 to Domagoj Anic and Arendt of Southern Miss.

Singles and doubles play will continue Saturday and will run through Sunday at the University of Alabama.

Women's Golf
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Mississippi State freshman Erika Thornton fired her second-straight 74 on Saturday to lead the Lady Bulldogs in the second round of the Ann Rhoads Intercollegiate at the Northriver Yacht Club Golf Course in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Thorton stands in a tie for 10th with a 148 heading into Sunday's final round.

As a team, State sits in 15th after a round of 310 on Saturday. Sophomore Suzanne Stanley is in a tie for 42nd with a 154 while Gina sharp is in a tie for 74th with back-to-back 80's. Freshman Mallory Batson carded a 77 on Saturday and sits in a tie for 78th while Julia Huh is in a tie for 80th with a 162.

Arkansas took control of the team lead in the second round, shooting a 300 and is a stroke ahead of second-place Louisville. Arkansas' Stacy Lewis and Furman's Stefanie Kenoyer are tied for the lead in the individual race with a two-round score of 144.

Final round action will begin with a shotgun start at 8:40 a.m. CT.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Mississippi State women's golf squad fired a first-round 311 on Friday at the UA-Ann Rhoads Intercollegiate held at the Northriver Yacht Club Golf Course in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The Lady Bulldogs are in 14th heading into Saturday's second round and stand 10 shots out of sixth place.

Leading the Mstate charge on Friday was freshman Erika Thornton. The Knoxville, Tenn., native fired a 74 in the opening round, matching a career best, and stands in a tie for 16th. Sophomore Suzanne Stanley shot a 75 and stands in a tie for 19th heading into the second round on Saturday. Sophomore Gina Sharp is in a tie for 65th after a round of 80 while MSU's Julia Huh is in a tie for 86th after firing an 82. Freshman Mallory Batson shot a first-round 84 to round out scoring for State.

Arkansas holds a two stroke advantage in the team competition after carding a 295 in the first round. Arkansas' Stacey Lewis holds the individual lead after the first round, shooting a 3-under 68. She leads Furman's Stefanie Kenoyer by a stroke.

Saturday's second round will get underway at 9 a.m. CT followed by an 8:40 a.m. CT start for the final round on Sunday.

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