AUBURN, Ala. - After two Mississippi State doubles teams won their opening-round matches, all three Lady Bulldog tandems eventually fell short of advancing past day one in the main flights of the SEC Fall Classic Thursday in Auburn, Ala.
Starting off the day for MSU, the duo of Radka Ferancova and Elna de Villiers defeated Nika Koukhartchouk and Preethi Subramanian of Mississippi in their first round match 9-8(9). In the second round, the State pair fell to the tournament's number two seed and the nation's 21st-ranked team of Amanda Ulery and Courtney Taylor of Vanderbilt 8-1. Also in the first flight, the tandem of Renée Joseph and Daniela Juskova dropped a tough match to LSU's Mykala Hedberg and Staten Spencer 8-2.
In the second doubles flight, Valeriya Makarycheva and DeAndra Saddler triumphed over Alice Tunaru and Elise Wettermark of Alabama 8-2. In the quarterfinals of their flight, the duo faced a tough South Carolina pair in Suzie Mansour and Megan McGavock and ultimately fell 8-5.
The doubles consolation rounds will begin Friday morning at 9 a.m. CT. Ferancova/ de Villiers will face Megan Brodericck and Lalita Frangulyan of Kentucky and Joseph/Juskova will play the winner of Koukhartchouck/Subramanian of Mississippi and Alex Haney/Melissa Koning of Auburn in the Flight one consolation. In the second flight consolation, Makarycheva and Saddler will face Jil Hastenrath and Mary Claire Slade of Auburn.
The weekend's singles play will start Friday with two rounds of play. Joseph will start the day against Auburn's Melissa Koning in the first flight. Also in the first flight, Ferancova will meet Auburn's 107th-ranked Alex Haney.
In the second flight, Juskova will battle South Carolina's Natasa Vuckovic and de Villiers will play the winner of Auburn's Whitney Chappell and Kentucky's Christine Johnston. In the third flight, Makarycheva will face Alabama's Merritt Emery and Tatiana Feit will face the winner of Auburn's Gaby Beelen and Arkansas's Delia Damaschin.
STARKVILLE, Miss. - The Mississippi State Athletic Department Ticket Office announced Thursday that a very limited number of tickets remain available for purchase to the Bulldogs' football game against Alabama next Saturday, Nov. 10, at Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field.
Less than 200 tickets in one block, and isolated single tickets throughout the stadium, are all that remain for the game, through the close of business Thursday.
For more information, fans are encouraged to contact the ticket office at 1-888-GO-DAWGS (1-888-463-2947).
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State senior forward Imesia Jackson has been selected to the Southeastern Conference Preseason Coaches' All-SEC Second Team as announced today by the league office in Birmingham. The Lady Bulldogs were picked to finish seventh among the league's 12 institutions.
Tennessee earned nine first-place votes, topping LSU which earned three votes as SEC Champion.
Tennessee tops the order of finish with 119 points, with LSU (112), Georgia (102), Vanderbilt (81), Auburn (77) and Kentucky (73) rounding out the top half of the league.
Mississippi State comes in at seven with 64 votes, while Arkansas (43), Ole Miss (41), South Carolina (37), Florida (28) and Alabama (11) round out the bottom half of the conference.
Tennessee junior Candace Parker was the overwhelming choice for SEC Women's Basketball Player of the Year with eight votes, followed by LSU's Sylvia Fowles with three votes and Georgia's Tasha Humphrey with one vote. Joining Parker, Humphrey and Fowles on the All-SEC First Team were Arkansas' Lauren Ervin, Auburn's DeWanna Bonner, LSU's Erica White, Tennessee's Nicky Anosike and Alexis Hornbuckle, and Vanderbilt's Christina Wirth.
Second team consists of Florida's Sha Brooks and Marshae Dotson, Georgia's Ashley Houts, Kentucky's Sarah Elliott and Samantha Mahoney, LSU's Quianna Chaney, Mississippi State's Imesia Jackson, Tennessee's Shannon Bobbitt and Vanderbilt's Liz Sherwood.
Points were compiled on a 11-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis for order of prediction, while each player received two points for a first-team vote and one point for a second-team vote. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team or players.
Jackson finished the 2006-07 season with three double-doubles. She tallied a career-high 12 rebounds in the WNIT win against Tulane and became a member of the 30-point scorers club when she netted 30 points against Florida State. Jackson scored in double figures 20 times during the season and ended the season averaging 12.3 points and 5.3 rebounds per contest.
MState hosts DT3 in an exhibition contest on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. The Lady Bulldogs officially begin the 2007-08 season on Friday, Nov. 9 with a 7 p.m. bout with Southeastern Louisiana from Humphrey Coliseum.