STARKVILLE, Miss. - The Volleyball Bulldogs square off against SEC Western Division rival Alabama (10-10, 3-8 SEC) Wednesday night at the Newell-Grissom Building, closing out a season-longest five-match home stand and a seven-match October home slate. First serve is set for 7 p.m. with no charge for admission.
It's the first of two matches this week against teams from neighboring Alabama for Mississippi State (6-16, 1-10 SEC), eager to shake a run of eight consecutive setbacks. The Bulldogs travel to Auburn, Ala., Friday for a Halloween night match with the Tigers (5-18, 0-12 SEC).
Junior outside hitter Ioana Demian paced the Bulldogs in last weekend's home matches against No. 21 Kentucky and Tennessee. Demian matched a career-best with 14 digs against Kentucky and against the Lady Vols piled up 18 kills, her second-highest single-match total. Demian finished the weekend with 23 kills and 22 digs. She leads State with 270 kills (2.95 k/s) and ranks second with 170 digs.
Alabama enters the midweek match having dropped its last four matches, all on the Tide's home court. Junior outside hitter Brooks Webster leads the Alabama attack with 287 kills and an SEC-leading 3.93 kills/set average. Alabama also features a strong serving game. The Tide averages 1.68 aces per set, tops in the league, while sophomore Mary Catherine Aune averages an SEC-best 0.55 aces per set.
State and Alabama meet again next month, closing out their 2008 regular season schedules with a November 28 match in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
GREENSBORO, N.C. - The Mississippi State men's golf team concluded play Tuesday at the UNCG Bridgestone Collegiate Championship finishing in 10th place, climbing four spots on the final day. Playing at the par-72 Forest Oaks Country Club, the Bulldogs fired a score of 897 for a 33-over-par performance.
After notching a 27-over par, 604, in the first two rounds round, the Bulldogs rebounded in round three, improving their score by 11 strokes tomove into 10th place for the competition. The Bulldogs' third day score of 5-over-par was the second best performance of the day, bested only by Duke's 1-over-par 289.
Mississippi State's top finisher for the fourth consecutive tournament was Carlos Sainz, Jr. Sainz shot a three-round score of 216, and finished at even par. The senior started off the tournament with a 2-under par performance followed by a 4-over-par mark in the second round. Sainz responded with another 2-under par performance in the final round, guiding Sainz to a tie for fourth in the individual field. The fourth place finish was the best ever for the Elgin, Ill., native.
Senior Noah Goldman shot an 8-over-par with rounds of 74 and 78 after the first two rounds of play. He then fired an even-par 72 with three birdies and three bogeys on the final day to finish in a tie for 30th. Brian Mason improved every round by firing a 77-76-75 and tied for 45th with a three day total of 228. Josh Bevell finished at 232 and in a tie for 60th with fellow senior Logan Young closing out the Bulldogs scoring with a three-round score of 233.
MSU will take two weeks off before competing in the Turtle Bay Resort College Invitational on November 11-12 in Kahuku, Oahu, Hawaii.