News from MSU Media Relations--April 8

The latest sports news from the MSU Media Relations Department...Men's Tennis and Track & Field.

Men's Tennis
STARKVILLE, Miss. - The Mississippi State men's tennis team's home attendance figures ranked fifth nationally in the month of March as recognized by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association this week.

Mississippi State sported an average attendance of 291 in their three matches in March. The Bulldogs had a high attendance of 338 in their first Southeastern Conference match against Tennessee on Friday, March 6. On Sunday, March 8, MSU boasted an attendance of 278 against Georgia. State concluded their home schedule for the month on Sunday, March 29, against Florida with a crowd of 178.

"Our crowds have been really supportive. They are having a good time at our matches and I think more and more people are realizing college tennis is a really exciting sport," said Mississippi State head coach Per Nilsson. "We know there are so many different things for our fans to do on campus, so it feels good that they are coming out to support us."

The Bulldogs have one home match remaining this season. MSU will host arch-rival Ole Miss on Saturday, April 18, at Noon CT as part of Super Bulldog Weekend festivities. Attendance is free to all home Mississippi State home tennis matches.

Track & Field
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State men's track and field associate head coach Steve Dudley announced the signing of Daundre Barnaby, of Hartford, Conn., to a national letter-of-intent.

Barnaby comes to State from Weaver High School in Hartford, Conn., under the direction of coach Lee Hunt.

"I am extremely excited about Daundre joining our Bulldog track and field family," Dudley said. "Daundre is one of the top 400-meter runners in the country and only has been running for just over a year. The sky is the limit for Daundre and adding a student-athlete of his caliber only makes the sky the limit for our program as well."

Barnaby won the National Scholastic Indoor Championship 400-meter dash title March 15, in Elmhurst, N.Y. Barnaby ran 47.12 seconds to win the title, and will begin competing for the Bulldogs during the 2009-10 season.

"MSU is getting a very outstanding young man and athlete," Hunt said. "I think Daundre made a very good choice in continuing his academic and athletic career at Mississippi State. I know he made the right choice because of the dedication its staff ahs to their athletes."

Barnaby chose Mississippi State over LSU, Connecticut, Boston University, Nebraska and North Carolina.

"I'm very excited about coming to Mississippi State and doing great things while I'm there," Barnaby said. "I chose MSU because Coach Dudley really showed me that I could do well both academically and athletically under his guidance."

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