News from MSU Media Relations--November 6

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

Women's Tennis
AUBURN, Ala. - Mississippi State's Valeriya Makarycheva notched a consolation singles win on the final day of competition at the SEC Fall Coaches' Classic Sunday, while the remainder of the Lady Bulldog contingent fell in their only matchups of the day.

Makarycheva took on Mary Claire Slade of Auburn in the consolation round of Flight 3. Makarycheva simply overpowered Slade to win in straight sets 6-0, 6-0. In the same flight, State's Tatiana Feit dropped a hard-fought match to Alabama's Bianca Svensson 6-4, 6-2.

In other singles action, Renée Joseph played in Flight 1's consolation round but was ultimately outlasted by Paulina Bigos of Alabama in three sets, 6-2, 2-6, 11-9. Also in the consolation round of Flight 1, Radka Ferancova was bested by Auburn's Whitney Chappell.

All three of MSU's doubles teams fell in their respective matches today as well.

Mississippi State has now concluded fall tournament play and will be off until January 19 when they begin spring competition at the Georgia Invitational in Athens, Ga.

AUBURN, Ala. - Mississippi State women's tennis player Renée Joseph notched a pair of wins Saturday at the SEC Fall Coaches' Classic. Elna de Villiers and Valeriya Makarycheva also posted singles wins for State.

Joseph, a senior from Rock Hill, S.C., faced Georgia's Yvette Hyndman and defeated her soundly 6-2, 6-3. After that victory, Joseph proceeded to play Alice Tunaru of Vanderbilt and overpowered her 6-1, 7-6(2). Also playing in the first round consolation, de Villiers fell to Lauren Meir of Kentucky 6-3, 6-4. However, de Villiers bounced back in her next match by defeating Paulina Bigos of Alabama 1-6, 7-6(5), 10-6.

In the main draw of the second flight Radka Ferancova dropped a hard fought match to Georgia's Naoko Ueshima 6-2, 6-2. In the consolation round of the same flight Daniela Juskova also fell to Whitney Chappell of Auburn 6-4, 7-5.

Posting a win in flight three's consolation round was Makarycheva. Makarycheva outlasted Jessica Giuggilo of Kentucky 0-6, 6-1, 10-8. Also in the consolation round of flight three, was Tatiana Feit who dropped a pair of tough matches to Anastaysiya Dubova of LSU and Lolita Frangulyan of Florida. All three MSU doubles team did not advance.

Play continues tomorrow at the SEC Fall Coaches' Classic with doubles play beginning at 9 a.m. CT with singles play to follow.

Men's Basketball
STARKVILLE, Miss. - The Mississippi State Bulldogs close out their preseason basketball slate by playing host to reigning NAIA Champion Oklahoma City University Tuesday evening on the MSU campus. Tip-off at Humphrey Coliseum is set for 7 p.m., and there will be no charge for admission into the exhibition contest.

Tuesday's MSU-OCU exhibition game will be available through Maroon to the Max, MState's premium audio/video streaming service for internet users at

Coach Rick Stansbury's defending SEC Western Division champions opened their current preseason hoops slate by claiming a 71-60 exhibition home triumph over the University of the Cumberlands this past Saturday afternoon. Sophomore center/forward Jarvis Varnado paced a quartet of double-digit State scorers with 13 points on 6-of-7 shooting, while nearing triple-double status with a game-high 11 rebounds and eight blocked shots. Preseason all-SEC forward Charles Rhodes followed with a dozen points for the winners, while preseason all-America candidate Jamont Gordon and sophomore Barry Stewart added 11 points apiece.

Currently riding a 10-game winning streak in exhibition competition, the Bulldogs own a 16-2 composite record in preseason contests since Stansbury took over MSU's head coaching duties in 1998. Last season, MState knocked off NAIA members Auburn-Montgomery (88-61) and Oklahoma City (71-64) during preseason action.

Affiliated with the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and a member of the Sooner Athletic Conference, the Oklahoma City University Stars went 35-2 overall a year ago en route to claiming the school's fifth NAIA men's basketball title. Guided by head coach Ray Harper, OCU claimed NAIA runner-up honors in 2005-06 with a 29-8 record. Ranked No. 1 nationally in this year's preseason NAIA poll, the Stars figure to be led by senior forward Willie Irick, who averaged a team-leading 15.9 points on 58-percent shooting along with 5.0 rebounds per game a year ago to earn third-team NAIA all-American honors. Senior guard Kameron Gray, last year's NAIA Tournament MVP, is ineligible for OCU this first semester but should be available for the second half of the 2007-08 campaign.

Mississippi State will officially tip off the school's 96th season of men's basketball collegiate competition by playing host to Louisiana Tech University out of the Western Athletic Conference this Saturday, Nov. 10. Tip-off is set for 4:30 p.m. CT at MSU's Humphrey Coliseum, following MState's 11:30 a.m. CT football battle against divisional rival Alabama. The Bulldogs will continue their season-opening, three-game basketball homestand by entertaining the ACC's Clemson Tigers and Tennessee-Martin of the Ohio Valley Conference on Nov. 15 and 17, respectively.

STARKVILLE, Miss. - The Mississippi State Athletic Department Ticket Office announced Monday that all tickets to the Bulldogs' football game against Alabama, Saturday, Nov. 10, at Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field, have been sold.

Fans attending both the MSU-Alabama football game and the MSU-Louisiana Tech men's basketball game that day are reminded that reserved football parking will be observed Saturday.

The University of Arkansas Athletic Department announced that Mississippi State's game against the Razorbacks at Little Rock, Ark., next Saturday, Nov. 17, would kick off at 1 p.m. CT. There will be no live television for the game.

State's men's basketball game vs. Tennessee-Martin at Humphrey Coliseum that day will tip off at 7 p.m. CT.

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