LEXINGTON, Ky. - The Mississippi State men's tennis team completed day two of singles action at the ITA Southeast Regional Indoor Championships in Lexington, Ky., Saturday. With an alteration in the schedule, all five Bulldogs participated in consolation play, with two advancing to action on Sunday.
Sophomore Antonio Lastre won both of his consolation matches Saturday, taking the first match 6-4, 6-3 over Christian Hansen of Tennessee and the second from Ryan Lissner of LSU, 6-3, 6-3. Freshman Daniel Sanchez won his second straight match in the tournament, stealing a 6-4, 6-4, win over Cody Loup of LSU.
Senior Bulldog Ryan Farlow dropped his consolation match to Christian Vitulli of Georgia in a tight two-set match, 7-5, 7-5. Sophomore Tanner Stump slipped up in a three-set bout against Thomas Estrada of South Florida, 6-3, 3-6, 1-0. Junior Chris Doerr lost his second round consolation match to Keith Crowley of Miami, taking the first set before dropping the final two, 1-6, 7-5, 1-0.
Lastre will return to the court for another consolation match at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday followed by Sanchez who will make his appearance at 10 a.m.
Terre Haute, Ind. - Mississippi State's men's and women's cross country teams finished 26th and 33rd, respectively, Saturday afternoon at the 2008 Pre-National Invitational in Terre Herre Haute, Ind.
Freshman Renee Masterson paced the Lady Bulldogs, running a time of 22:02.8 in the 6K event, with Lydia Chebii close behind at 22:20.9. On the men's side, the team finished 26th. The men were led by sophomore Adam Lenz, who crossed the 8K finish line at 24:22.4, just edging out senior Robert Scribner at 24:22.9.
"We faced the same problem," said Coach Al Schmidt. "Our Sophomores, Simone and Sarah didn't run well. Simone went out too hard and hit the wall with about 2000 meters to go. Our Freshmen, Dominique, Lydia, and Renee ran really well. The training is going well, but they just have to get their minds prepared for the SEC meet two weeks from now. We beat Georgia Tech, which was good because they were ahead of us in the polls."
Men's cach Steve Dudley described the day as "pretty good," and pointed out Jonathan Rono ran an inspiring race with heavy heart due to a family tragedy.
"He found out yesterday that his sister passed away," Dudley explained. "We left it up to him whether or not to run. He ran with a lot of emotional weight on his heart today and ran a great race. Robert Scribner and Adam Lenz both ran lifetime PR's in the 8K today. We are looking forward to the SEC Championships in two weeks."
The men's and women's teams will return to action Monday, Nov. 3, at the SEC Championships in Starkville, Miss.