News from MSU Media Relations--October 27

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

Men's Tennis
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Mississippi State men's tennis team completed play at the Crimson Tide Fall Invitational today with sophomore Antonio Lastre taking his title match in straight sets to claim the crown of the Hannah Draw.

Lastre, who won his fourth match of the tournament, faced Thomas Estrada of South Florida in the draw, defeating him in a two-set bout, 6-4, 6-3.

"Tony is doing everything we ask for and working everyday to improve his game," said head coach Per Nilsson. "It is really starting to show in his matches."

In doubles action for the Maroon and White, junior Chris Doerr and sophomore Tanner Stump fell in their semifinal match against Michael Jung and Trey Walston of host Alabama in a tight affair, 8-6.

MSU will conclude fall play in Tallahassee, Fla., next weekend (Nov. 1-3) at the Florida State Invitational.


Women's Tennis
ATHENS, Ga. - The Mississippi State women's tennis team saw two players advance in singles action on the second day of the ITA South Regional Championships.

Playing in the B Draw, State's Valeriya Makarycheva and Natalia Mayuk each picked up two wins to advance to the round of sixteen on Sunday. Mayuk continues her impressive fall campaign by first knocking off Isaballa Ohlinger of Central Florida 6-3, 6-2 followed by a 6-4, 7-5 win over Gabriela Viega of Troy. Meanwhile, Makarycheva advanced past Caroline Jouanin of Troy 7-6, 6-2 and defeated Jenna Osborne of Miami (Fla.) in straight sets 6-2, 6-0.

In other action, State's Olesiya Tsigvintseva defeated Jessica Zok of South Florida 6-2, 6-7, 6-3 before falling to Diana Nakic of Georgia State 3-6,1-6. Elna de Villiers lost to Hillary Davis of Georgia Tech 7-6, 1-6, 3-6 decision, while Radka Ferancova fell to another Yellow Jacket Noelle Hickey 1-6, 2-6.

Following today's play, the Lady Bulldogs will be back in action tomorrow as Makarycheva and Mayuk look to advance further in singles play.

ATHENS, Ga. - In a thrilling three-set victory Sunday which featured two tiebreakers, Mississippi State freshman women's tennis player Natalia Mayuk advanced to the final of the B Draw at the ITA Regional Championships and will play her title match Monday.

Playing two matches Sunday, Mayuk started her impressive showing in the quarterfinal round as she knocked off Natalia Guevera of South Florida 7-6, 6-0 to advance to the semifinals. In the semis, Mayuk held off past Ali Beavers of Georgia Southern in a tight 6-4, 6-7, 1-0(9) decision to take her spot in the finals of the B Draw Monday.

Also in action today in the B Draw, MSU junior Valeriya Makarycheva came very close to setting up a meeting with Mayuk in Monday's final. She defeated Katerina Gresova of Georgia State 6-4, 6-3 to move into semifinal play, before losing to Shelley Godwin of Alabama in a close 1-6, 6-4, 1-0(10) match.

Looking to build on today's impressive performances, Mayuk will go for the crown in the B Draw tomorrow against Shelley Godwin of Alabama.


Soccer
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State took 11 shots, including four on goal, but could not capitalize as Vanderbilt scored three second-half goals to escape the MSU Soccer Field with a 4-0 victory Sunday afternoon.

The Bulldogs took five shots in the first half, including three in a nine-minute span over the first 45 minutes. The first on-goal opportunity for State (5-14-0, 0-10-0 SEC) came in the 22nd minute as freshman Tarah Henderson slipped past her defender down the right side of the pitch. The Martinez, Ga., native, who is tied for the team lead with four goals on the year, fired a ball toward the net that was unable to angle past VU goalie Rachel Bachtel.

Bachtel stopped four shots in 79-plus minutes of action, while MSU junior goalkeeper Taryn Holland halted three of Vanderbilt's eight on-goal chances. Standing at a career-best 118 saves on the year, Holland, a Franklin, Tenn., native now needs just 13 stops to match Kirstin Olson for the all-time saves lead.

The Commodores (9-7-2, 3-6-1 SEC) broke the scoreless tie at the 28:42 mark as Candace West sent a pass through the defense to Molly Kinsella who scored her first goal of a Sunday afternoon hat trick.

With the MState defense holding Vandy in check the remainder of the half, the Bulldogs had another pair of scoring opportunities turned away late in the opening stanza.

The first came at the 42:41 mark as senior Meredith Jacobson headed a cross toward the goal only to have Bachtel snag it. The other came in the final second of the half as sophomore Danielle Kite struck a ball that appeared to be heading into the top of the net. Bachtel, however, made a leaping save to tip the ball over the crossbar and preserve the 1-0 Vandy lead.

Kite, a Hornchurch, England, native had another chance to even the match just after the half. Senior Bethany Frazier took possession on the left side of the field in the 55th minute and delivered a perfectly placed entry pass to Kite in the box. Kite volleyed what appeared to be the tying goal into the net for her second goal in as many matches, but an offside flag negated the score. Frazier also tallied State's final on-goal opportunity as she lined a shot from just over 20 yards away that Bachtel managed to corral.

"I was disappointed with the 90-minute performance. We put in a good half of soccer in the first 45 minutes," MSU head coach Neil Macdonald said. "The goal that was called off affected us mentally I thought, and we just couldn't push through."

The negated goal swung the momentum of the match, and Vanderbilt capitalized, adding two more goals from Molly Kinsella and another from her twin sister Megan.

The Bulldogs close out the 2008 season Friday night, hosting in-state rival Ole Miss on Halloween night in a 7 p.m. kickoff at the MSU Soccer Field. Prior to the match, MState will honor Mary Kate Ayers, Mariclaire Fancher, Frazier, Anna Goblirsch, Jacobson and Kevyn Shelledy as part of senior night festivities.


Men's Golf
STARKVILLE, Miss. - After a three-week break from competition, the Mississippi State men's golf team returns to action Monday at the UNCG Bridgestone Championship at the Forest Oaks Country Club in Greensboro, N.C. The 54-hole event will be played in a two-day format, on the par 72, 7,197-yard course, with 36 holes played on Monday and 18 holes played on Tuesday.

State is looking to continue its success after two consecutive third-place finishes at the Mason Rudolph Championship and the Memphis Intercollegiate.

Head coach Clay Homan takes another veteran lineup into competition that includes four seniors and a junior. Senior Carlos Sainz, Jr, who has been MSU's top finisher in every event the Bulldogs have played this fall, is coming off his third top-15 finish of the season at the Memphis Intercollegiate. Fellow seniors Noah Goldman and Josh Bevell are also coming off top-15 finishes at the Intercollegiate and will be making the trip as well. Redshirt Junior Brian Mason will be competing for the first time since the Bulldog's first action of the season at the Carpet Capital Classic. Senior Logan Young will be making his first team appearance of the season after competing as an individual at the Memphis Intercollegiate.

Fourteen teams will be participating in the fourth UNCG Bridgestone Golf Collegiate. Seven teams –Mississippi State, Louisville, Duke, Michigan State, Memphis, Michigan and Purdue – were participants in the NCAA Tournament last spring. They will join host UNCG, Eastern Michigan, Maryland, Minnesota, Notre Dame, Pepperdine, South Alabama and Toledo for this year's tournament field.

Mississippi State will begin play at 8:30 a.m. CT on Monday, October 26. Live stats will be available through www.mstateathletics.com.


Women's Golf
AUBURN, Ala. - Freshman Perry Katherine Furr finished 4-over-par in today?s final round of the Derby Invitational for her best performance of the tournament to lead the Mississippi State Lady Golfers to a 14th-place overall finish in the tournament.

A pair of sophomores finished atop the individual standings for the Bulldogs. Erika Thornton, completed play a two strokes above her career low of 228 to lead State and rank tied for 32nd overall while Mallory Batson ranked second on the team for the third tournament in a row with a three-round total of 233. Junior Gina Sharp finished third on the team with a score of 236, while junior Leigh Phillips ranked fourth and Furr rounded out State golfers.

The Southeastern Conference placed six teams in the tournament?s top eight, although missed the top two positions. First place went to Arizona State, who led throughout the tournament and completed play with an overall score of 869 and five-over-par. Second-place Virginia finished a distant second at 18 strokes behind, while Alabama secured third with a total of 892. Host Auburn finished play ranked fourth while Ole Miss notched a fifth-place finish. Arizona State?s Anna Nordqvist dominated the individual competition, finishing 9-under-par and four strokes ahead of second place.

With the conclusion of the tournament, Mississippi State?s Lady Golfers wrap up the fall season of play. MSU?s spring season begins on Feb. 22 at the Kiawah Island Women?s Intercollegiate, held at Kiawah Island S.C.


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