News from MSU Media Relations--September 21

The latest sports news from the MSU Media Relations Department...Men's Tennis, Soccer and Cross Country.

Men's Tennis
ATHENS, Ga. - Mississippi State's doubles tandem of Chris Doerr and Tanner Stump extended their record to 3-0 on the young 2008-09 season Saturday at the Southern Intercollegiate Championships with a pair of victories, advancing to the quarterfinals of Division II play in the process. Veteran MSU netmen Ryan Farlow and Chris Doerr also advanced in their consolation draws Saturday.

Doerr and Stump opened the day by defeating David Lue and Luke Marchese of Duke, 8-2, Saturday morning. They followed that by downing Charles Bottoni and Grega Teraz of East Tennessee State in a close bout, 8-6, Saturday evening.

Farlow, a senior from Madison, Miss., advanced to round two of the Division I singles consolation bracket, defeating Roy Sichel of Winthrop in two tight sets, 7-6, 7-6. Doerr advanced to round two of the consolation bracket in Division II, taking a three-set match that ended in a lengthy tiebreaker for the third set over College of Charleston's Joe Nicolazzi, 6-2, 5-7, 1-0(10).

In other action, sophomore Antonio Lastre dropped his third-round match to Jon Wolff of Wake Forest, 6-2, 6-2 in the Division II singles main draw. Freshman Bulldog Daniel Sanchez's first collegiate tournament came to an end on Saturday as the Monterrey, Mexico, native fell in two sets by UT-Martin's Alfredo Krywacz, 6-3, 6-3.

Play will continue Sunday at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex on the University of Georgia campus.


Soccer
STARKVILLE, Miss. - The Mississippi State soccer team closes out the 2008 non-conference slate Sunday, traveling to Hattiesburg, Miss., to meet in-state foe Southern Mississippi. Kickoff between the Bulldogs and Golden Eagles is set for 2 p.m. at the Marshall Bell Track and Soccer Complex.

State ventures to south Mississippi looking to move back above the .500 mark on the year after dropping a tough, 2-1 decision to Memphis on a rain-soaked Friday night at the MSU Soccer Field.

The 4-4 Bulldogs fell behind 2-0 in the first half to the Tigers, but the squad stepped up the defense in the second half and fought back into the match. Senior Bethany Frazier cut the UM lead to a single goal as she netted her first of the season off a pass from junior Hannah Tyler, but MSU was unable to convert the tying goal despite several late opportunities on goal.

MState has now tallied 17 goals on the season, with senior Kevyn Shelledy and freshman Taylor Turnipseed leading the way with three each. Shelledy, a Tomball, Texas, native is also tied with fellow senior Anna Goblirsch and sophomore Leanna Baldner for the team assist lead with two each.

Defensively, junior goalkeeper Taryn Holland stopped six shots in Friday's complete-game effort. The Franklin, Tenn., native has played every minute of the season for State this season, halting 32 shots (a .821 save percentage).

Head coach Neil Macdonald's squad will be aiming to extend its advantage in the series. The two in-state foes will be meeting for just the fourth time ever, with the Maroon and White holding a 2-1 lead. MState won the last face-off, taking a 3-1 victory in Starkville on Sept. 10, 2006.

USM will be looking to even the overall series record under a pair of familiar faces to the Bulldog soccer program. First-year head coach Scott Ebke and his assistant, Jennie Altherr, served as assistant coaches in Starkville during State's run to the 2001 SEC Western Division title.

Ebke's squad enters Sunday's match sporting a 4-2-1 record after a 1-0 win over Mississippi Valley State on the road Tuesday evening. USM has found the back of the net seven times this season, with Obafemi Alao accounting for three of those. Sarah McFadden leads the squad with two assists, and she has also added a pair of goals through the first seven matches of the season.

Holly Cox has seen the majority of time in goal this season for the Golden Eagles, stopping 26 shots and allowing four goals over 630 minutes.


Cross Country
STARKVILLE, Miss. - On a rainy morning that led to sloppy course conditions, the Mississippi State men's and women's cross country teams overcame the dismal extremes to claim top honors at the 2008 Mississippi State Pre-SEC Invitational.

The men were led once again by senior Robert Scribner (Tupelo, Miss.), who finished with a time of 24 minutes, 56.93 seconds in the 8K race, a course record that broke Chris Boldt's time of 25:39 set in 2003. It's the second title in as many events for Scribner, who finished first two weeks ago at the Sewanee Invitational.

On the women's side, MSU talented freshman Renee Masterson achieved her first collegiate first-place finish with a time 18:35.08 in their 5K event.

"I hope Scribner has a magical senior year, because he really deserves it," coach Al Schmidt said.

The men's team won the meet with 29 points, with five runners finishing in the Top 10. SEC foes LSU and Ole Miss finished second and third, respectively. Following Scribner was fourth-place finisher Adam Lenz at 25:17.23, while Jonathan Rono placed sixth at 25:38.82. Cameron Vincent crossed the line at eighth with his 25:59.12 run, and Daniel Simpkins finished 10th with a time of 26:09.79.

"I'm very happy with our team and how they ran today," a proud men's coach Steve Dudley said. "I think all of our guys ran well today. It definitely lets us know where we are and what we can improve upon. With Notre Dame next week we can start getting points that will qualify us for nationals."

For the MSU women, Simone Dominque and Dominique Lockhart came in third and fourth place respectively with times of 19:00.52 and 19:10.89. Also coming in the Top 10 were Sarah Hammes in eighth at 19:43.80, and in 10th was Loren Bruce with a time of 19:59.34.

The Lady Bulldogs won the meet with 26 points over tough Big 10 opponent Northwestern and SEC teams Ole Miss and LSU.

"We ran as a team," Schmidt said. "Northwestern is tough. I love beating Ole Miss and LSU, but it's really good beating a Big 10 team. I'm really proud of our girls. It's a great day, especially when you beat SEC schools."

The MSU Invitational was the second straight win for both the men's and women's teams. They return to action on Oct. 3 at the Notre Dame Invitational in South Bend, Ind.


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