TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Mississippi State men's tennis team completed day one at the Seminole Invitational Saturday, with its four entered players contesting four matches overall on the day.
Senior Ryan Farlow after an opening-round bye, won his opening match in the B Draw over John Holliman of UAB in a two-set bout, 6-1, 6-3.
Junior Chris Doerr slipped up in his first-round match in the A Draw to Carlos Cueto of Florida in two sets, 6-1, 7-5. Coming off a championship showing at the Crimson Tide Fall Invitational last weekend, sophomore Antonio Lastre fell in his opener in the A Draw to Andrew Bailey of host Florida State after winning the opening set, 1-6, 6-4, 6-3.
In doubles action for the Maroon and White, the tandem of Doerr and Lastre dropped their first match of the season to Lukas Marsoun and Alex Stamchev of Auburn, 8-4.
MSU will resume action on Sunday with Doerr and Lastre competing in consolation play and Farlow participating in the second round of B Draw singles.
STARKVILLE, Miss. - In the season's first of two exhibition contests, Mississippi State rode a double-double performance from junior Jarvis Varnado to take care of visiting Montevallo Saturday evening by the tune of 88-59. The Bulldogs now move to 18-2 in exhibition outings under head coach Rick Stansbury.
Varnado, the reigning National Defensive Player of the Year, recorded 17 points on 7-of-9 shooting from the floor to go along with his game-high 12 . He also blocking eight shots after leading the nation in blocked shots a year ago with 157. Sophomore Ravern Johnson led all scorers on the night with an 8-of-14 performance from the field for a total of 19 points, while freshman Romero Osby pitched in the team's second double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Dee Bost scored 13 points and handed out 7 assists to just 3 turnovers in the win.
Junior guards Marcus Lancaster and Freddy Little led Montevallo in scoring with 10 points apiece on a collective 8-of-25 shooting performance, while junior forward Nate Flowers led the squad in rebounding with nine boards.
Ranking second nationally in team field goal percentage defense, the Bulldogs followed suit by holding Montevallo to just 23-of-71 shooting from the floor for a 32.6% mark. Also specializing in blocks as a team by ranking second nationally in that category a year ago, MSU swatted 13 shots on the evening. Leading Montevallo in rebounding at halftime 32-21, State never let up and finished the game with a 62-37 advantage.
Mississippi State will wrap up exhibition play on Saturday, Nov. 8 at the Humphrey Coliseum by hosting reigning two-time NAIA national champions Oklahoma City. Currently ranked No. 1 in NAIA, OCU will tipoff with the Bulldogs at 2 p.m., and admission to the event will be free.