News from MSU Media Relations--November 6

The latest sports news from the MSU Media Relations Department...Women's Basketball and Women's Tennis.

Women's Basketball
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State senior guard Marneshia Richard has been honored by the Southeastern Conference as she was named to the Coaches Preseason All-SEC Second Team announced by the league office on Wednesday.

Richard joined 16 others that were selected by votes from the league coaches. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team or players.

Auburn's DeWanna Bonner was selected as the league's Player of the Year and was a unanimous selection for the first team. The only other unanimous selection was Vanderbilt's Christina Wirth. Also selected to the first team was Sha Brooks and Marshae Dotson of Florida, Georgia's Ashley Houts, Allison Hightower of LSU, Shawn Goff of Ole Miss and Tennessee's Angie Bjorklund.

Joining Richard on the second team was Whitney Boddie and Sherell Hobbs of Auburn, Angel Robinson of Georgia, Victoria Dunlap of Kentucky, Demetress Adams of South Carolina, Vicki Baugh and Shekinna Sticklen of Tennessee and Jennifer Risper of Vanderbilt.

Coaches also voted on the order of finish in the league as the Lady Bulldogs were picked to finish eighth. Vanderbilt was selected to win the conference followed by Tennessee and Auburn. Georgia was picked fourth in front of LSU, Florida and Kentucky. Ole Miss, South Carolina, Arkansas and Alabama rounded out the last four spots.

Points were compiled on a 11-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis for order of prediction, while each player received two points for a first-team vote and one point for a second-team vote.

Mississippi State's first action of the season will come in an exhibition contest against Brandon Clay on Thursday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. at the Humphrey Coliseum. The Lady Bulldogs will open its 35th season of basketball Nov. 18 when they play host to Arkansas-Pine Bluff at 7 p.m.

Women's Tennis
TUSCALOOSA, Al. - Playing in their final tournament of the fall season, the Mississippi State women's tennis team sets it sights on the Southeastern Conference Fall Coaches Classic this weekend.

Starting Thursday and running through Sunday, the annual event features schools from around the SEC. The set up of the tournament includes four singles draws of 16 and two doubles draws of 16 teams. All brackets will have a front and back draw as well.

Competing for MSU will be two doubles teams and six singles players. In doubles action, the Lady Bulldogs will go with the impressive freshman tandem of Olesya Tsigvintseva and Natalia Mayuk, while the duo of Valeriya Makarycheva and Jordan Zachary will also compete in this weekend's tournament. Meanwhile, Radka Ferancova and Elna de Villiers will join the team, playing in singles action along with Tsigvintseva, Mayuk, Makarycheva, and Zachary.

Playing in their fifth tournament of the fall season, rookies Tsigvintseva and Mayuk will look to improve on their combined 13-8 singles record, while senior Elna de Villiers needs just four wins to move into 14th place on MSU's all-time career singles victories chart.

Following the SEC Fall Coaches Classic, the Lady Bulldogs will begin preparations for the 2009 season and the first match, January 24 against North Texas.

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