News from MSU Media Relations--June 5

The latest sports news from the MSU Media Relations Department...Volleyball and Fooball.

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Texas prep volleyball standout Hillary Parker of College Station, Texas, has signed a national letter of intent with Mississippi State University, head volleyball coach Jenny Hazelwood announced this week.

Parker is a 2009 graduate of A&M Consolidated High School in College Station, Texas, where she served as team captain and helped lead coach Cydryce McMillian's Tigers to a 33-8 mark, the 2008 district title and advancement to the regional quarterfinals. She earned Class 5A honorable mention all-state honors as a setter in 2008 and was a two-time all-district and All-Brazos Valley selection.

"We are fortunate to have Hillary joining our team this fall," said Hazelwood. "She is a very accomplished setter that knows how to run a good offense. She is a solid all-around player and will bring great experience and depth to our program."

A two-year starter and three-year letter-winner at College Station's CHS, the MSU signee was also named to the Texas Girls Coaches Association All-Star team.

The MSU signee is an eight-year veteran of club volleyball in Texas and a three-time club team captain competing for the Brazos Valley Juniors and this year with the Houston Juniors team coached by Vanessa Seghers and Jane Mitchell.

Parker is the second MSU volleyball signee for the 2008-09 recruiting campaign and joins November signee Dravon Rangel, a 6-1 middle blocker from Grand Prairie, Texas.

She is the daughter of Kendall and Thomas Parker of College Station, Texas.

STARKVILLE - Several members of the 2009 Mississippi State football team began summer workouts this week as summer session classes began on Tuesday. The Bulldogs' summer strength and conditioning program will continue throughout June and July as State prepares for the beginning of fall practice on August 3.

"I love the attitude of our team right now," head coach Dan Mullen said. "They look like they're ready to attack the offseason both on and off the field."

Mullen also announced the members of the spring "Champions Club," a group comprised of players that excelled both on and off the field and met standards set by their position group. The members received the distinction for the "second quarter," consisting of the spring workout period. The first quarter included winter workouts, while the third quarter will be the summer workout period and the fourth and final quarter will be comprised of the fall season.

The list more than doubled from 16 after the first quarter, and 12 players earned the honor for their work in both terms.

Mississippi State begins its season at home on September 5 against Jackson State, and season tickets remain on sale through both the Bulldog Club and the ticket office. Call 888-GO-DAWGS for more information.


*Denotes first-quarter Champion

Damien Anderson
Charles Bailey
*Wade Bonner
Sean Brauchle
J. C. Brignone
Chris Cameron
*Jamar Chaney
Kendric Cook
*Aaron Feld
Phillip Freeman
Emmanuel Gatling
Robert Gurley
Patrick Hanrahan
Ty Hardin
Sylvester Hemphill
Heath Hutchins
*Devin Jones
Todd Kilpatrick
Addison Lawrence
*Cameron Lawrence
*Tyson Lee
D.J. Looney
*John McMillan
Pernell McPhee
Mark Melichar
*Charles Mitchell
*Reggie Odom
*Rodney Prince
*Quentin Saulsberry
Riley Saunders
*Derek Sherrod
Tobias Smith
*Zach Smith
*Marcus Washington
Louis Watson
Chris White
Austin Wilbanks
K.J. Wright

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