News from MSU Media Relations--Sept. 2

The latest sports news from the MSU Media Relations Department...Football, Golf, Soccer, Volleyball and Cross Country.

Football
STARKVILLE, Miss. - The Mississippi State University Gameday Committee announced today campus-wide parking and picnic plans that will be in effect for the 6:30 p.m. Mississippi State/Auburn football game Thursday, Sept. 9.

"Even though we expect a large volume of visitors for this weekday game, campus operations will continue throughout the day Thursday as we transition to our second football game of the 2010 season," said Jim Jones, chair of the campus Gameday Committee.

"We are working closely with the gameday operations staff, and with the cooperation and support of our campus community, we hope to ensure a smooth transition to the game day atmosphere so many fans love at Mississippi State," Jones said.

"To ensure adequate parking for large numbers of guests, we're asking that those who normally use MSU daytime parking vacate by 5 p.m. the lots that become reserved-only for athletic events," Jones added. Additionally, the committee requests that all MSU vehicles parked in reserved lots be relocated to farm lots, department compounds, or the gravel lot behind the Industrial Education building.

To help manage parking for the event, the committee has adopted the following policies and procedures ONLY for the Thursday night game.

    Lot 34 (north end of Memorial Hall) will close Friday, Sept. 3 at 2 p.m. and transition to reserved RV parking for the Memphis game (Sept. 4). It will remain closed through the following week, when MSU plays Auburn (Sept. 9), and will reopen Monday, Sept. 13. Students affected by the closure will be accommodated in the Palmeiro lot, Howell Engineering lot, and the Coliseum lots. An additional shuttle stop will be placed near the Palmeiro lot to help provide student transportation to the center of campus.

    BS Hood will close Wednesday, Sept. 8, at approximately 5:15 p.m. and remain closed until after the Sept. 9 game. Access to the Barnes and Noble parking lot will be limited only via the Barr Avenue entrance.

    Transition to gameday operations will begin Thursday at noon. Following usual gameday protocols, most campus lots at that point will be reserved for gameday parking, with gameday staff maintaining lots beginning at noon. Those entering the lots after noon will need a reserved gameday parking pass.

Gameday parking lots and their designations are available at this site: http://www.nmnathletics.com/fls/16800/pdf/fb_fanguide_2010.pdf?DB_OEM_ID=16800.

Faculty and staff members who normally park in one of these lots may continue to park through the end of the normal workday, 5 p.m. However, those leaving after 12 p.m. or arriving before 5 p.m. will not be able to to park without a gameday reserved pass.

For those who must return to campus for an afternoon or evening classes, parking will be available in Allen Hall East lot (lot 23). Once that is filled, overflow parking will be directed to other non-reserved lots.

"We do understand and appreciate the inconvenience," Jones said. "However, we are making every attempt to ensure that parking is available for those whose work continues as normal."

Afternoon and night class parking will be in the commuter lots along Hardy Road (south of Morrill Road Lot) and Buckner Lane (adjacent to Blackjack Road). Once these lots are filled, other non-reserved lots will be available.

In addition, Jones said other parking and picnic rules for the Thursday night game will include:

    The Junction and all other picnic/tailgate areas will open at 1:30 p.m. (5 hours prior to kickoff).

    Stone Boulevard--from Bost to Bully Boulevard--will close at 3:30 p.m. (3 hours prior to the game) and remain closed until one hour after the game. Staff and faculty leaving campus should use other campus exits.

    The shuttle will cease its regular campus routes at 3 p.m. and begin gameday shuttle operations at 3:30 p.m.

    All picnic areas close at midnight, including the Junction area.

    As always, pets are prohibited on gamedays.

Further information can be found on the Mississippi State University official gameday website - www.MStateAthletics.com/Gameday


Golf
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State's men's and women's golf programs announce the inception of the Maroon Tee Club, which will serve as a booster organization by helping both golf programs develop and enhance facilities.

Both men's coach Clay Homan and women's coach Ginger Brown-Lemm are excited about the possibilities the Maroon Tee Club will bring to their programs, and they expect it to help bring the Bulldog Golf programs to a championship level.

The Maroon Tee Club has four levels of commitment so everyone can contribute. Each level brings its own benefits, and they are as follows:

Par - $50.00

    -Electronic Media Guide

    -Electronic monthly newsletter about the golf programs along with golf tips from the staff

    -Access to 1 of 2 scheduled free clinics per year with the golf coaches

    -Official Maroon Tee Club decal

Birdie - $100.00

    -Par level benefits

    -Official Maroon Tee Club tee shirt

Eagle - $500.00

    -Par and Birdie level benefits

    -Three official Mississippi State Golf Team head cover

Hole in One - $1000.00

    -Par, Birdie and Eagle benefits

    -Official Adidas Mississippi State team golf bag

To contribute to Mississippi State's golf programs and the Maroon Tee Club visit MStateAthletics.com.


Soccer
STARKVILLE, Miss. - The Mississippi State soccer team looks to build on the momentum of last Sunday's 3-0 win against Southern Mississippi as it hits the road to challenge Troy and South Alabama in this weekend's Trojan Classic.

The Dawgs open play at 3 p.m. Friday against the host Trojans. MSU challenges South Alabama at noon on Sunday to close the weekend event. Live web streaming of Friday's match will be available at http://www.troytrojans.com/showcase/#liveevents.

The Bulldogs (2-1-0) had a 10-match non-conference win streak halted against UAB in last Friday's home opener, but they rebounded on Sunday to roll to a 3-0 win against the Golden Eagles on Sunday.

Freshman Elisabeth Sullivan helped propel the Bulldogs to Sunday's victory, notching three points on a goal and an assist. She picked up her second game-winning assist in three matches when she found Jasmine Simmons for the Dawgs' first goal in the 17th minute. The Memphis, Tenn., native wasn't done, however, collecting her first collegiate goal on a 32nd-minute breakaway.

Sullivan's big afternoon matched her with sophomore Madison McKee for the overall team points lead. McKee collected her fourth point of the campaign as she headed in her second goal of the season in the 71st minute.

Redshirt sophomore Skylar Rosson posted her first career shutout in the USM match. The Edmond, Okla., native stopped five shots in the match after matching a career-high six saves in the loss to UAB.

Despite having the non-conference win streak snapped on Friday, the Dawgs will be seeking to continue a run of 10-consecutive road wins in out-of-conference play. Head coach Neil Macdonald's squad will also be seeking its third-straight tournament title after winning the UNF Ponte Vedra Showcase last season and the South Alabama Tournament championship in 2008.

Troy hosts this weekend's tournament 1-1-0 following last Friday's 1-0 loss to Southeastern Louisiana. Maddie Tieken poses the Trojans' best offensive threat after netting a hat trick in the season-opening win against Wofford.

MSU will be seeking its fourth-straight win against South Alabama this weekend. The Jaguars (1-2-0) have been paced by Kristyn Thacker, who has collected five points on a pair of goals and an assist.


Volleyball
STARKVILLE, Miss. - The unbeaten Volleyball Bulldogs make their 2010 road debut and put their modest 4-0 record on the line this weekend in Arlington, Texas, when State takes on Texas-Pan American (1-2), Louisiana Tech (1-2) and Texas-Arlington (0-3) Sept. 3-4 in the UTA Maverick Invitational.

The Bulldogs test Texas-Pan American at 4 p.m. Friday at UTA's Texas Hall and conclude play Saturday against Louisiana Tech at 2:30 p.m. and tournament host UT Arlington in the 7:30 p.m. tournament finale. Links to live stats for all three Mississippi State matches will be available online (www.MStateAthletics.com).

MSU dropped just one set in capturing last weekend's season-opening Maroon Classic in Starkville. MSU turned back UALR 3-0, Austin Peay 3-0, TAMU-Corpus Christi 3-1 and Montana 3-0. State won its volleyball season-opener for the seventh consecutive season.

Second-year Bulldog volleyball coach and native Texan Jenny Hazelwood notched her 100th career coaching win on opening weekend with a 3-1 decision over TAMU-Corpus Christi. The 2010 campaign is the 11th as a collegiate head coach for the Pearland native. She entered the season with a 97-245 record during a coaching career that has included stops at Mississippi College (2000-2001), Centenary (La.) University (2002-2006) and Austin Peay (2007-2008).

The Bulldogs have enjoyed a good measure of success (8-1) against the teams it will meet in the Maverick Invitational. The 1989 Bulldogs blanked the Texas-Pan American Broncs in tourney play in Nacogdoches, Texas, while State has won all seven previous meetings with the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs played between 1989 and 2004. In their only previous meeting with MSU, the host Mavericks earned a straight-sets win over State in the 1991 UT-Arlington Classic.

After the first weekend of competition, MSU junior Caitlin Rance (Kingwood, Texas) and senior middle blocker Ashley Newsome (Florence, Ala.) have bolted to the top two spots in the early SEC statistical rankings. Rance piled up 57 kills (4.38 k/s) and hit .280 in four matches while Newsome registered 47 kills and hit a team-best .290 with 11 blocks on opening weekend. Both were named to the Maroon Classic All-Tournament Team, Newsome as the MVP. MSU freshman setter Paris Perret piled up 130 assists in her first four collegiate matches last weekend and was honored as the SEC Freshman of the Week. Perret, from Frisco, Texas, is one of four Bulldog players from the Lonestar. The other three are sophomore outside hitter Chanelle Baker (Carrollton), setter Hillary Parker (College Station) and junior outside hitter Caitlin Rance (Kingwood).

The Bulldogs will play this weekend and the remainder of the 20010 without the services of junior outside hitter Faith Steinwedell. Steinwedell, who tallied 32 kills, 41 digs and a team-best nine aces as a starter in MSU's first four matches, sustained a torn anterior cruciate ligament in Saturday's tournament finale against Montana. She is scheduled to undergo corrective knee surgery Sept. 24.

MSU resumes its eight-match road run in Carbondale, Ill., next weekend, taking on South Florida, Southeast Missouri and host Southern Illinois Sept. 10-11 in the two-day tournament. State plays at USM Sept. 15 before opening SEC competition Sept. 19 at Ole Miss.


Cross Country
STARKVILLE, Miss. - In an attempt to better prepare for the SEC Championships in early November, the Mississippi State men's and women's cross country teams are breaking the trend of opening the year in Sewanee and will instead begin the 2010 campaign on Saturday in the Georgia Cross Country Invitational at Athens.

The men's 8K begins at 8 a.m., followed shortly by the women's 5K at 8:45.

"This Saturday is going to be exciting," said MSU's Houston Franks, who is making his head coaching debut this weekend. "The purpose of this meet is to see the positives in both teams and get experience before the SEC Championships."

Traditionally, both squads have started strong by dominating the Sewanee field, claiming top honors the past four years. Last season as a sophomore, former All-SEC freshman Renee Masterson was the medalist on the women's side with a time of 17:57.66, while Adam Lenz finished second on the men's side at 25:43.03, followed by Nick Perkins's fourth-place run of 26:03.31.

All three will be relied upon heavily this year, along with sophomore Chloe Phillips, who had two Top 5 finishes as a freshman.

"Overall, we are still young, but we're not going to use that as an excuse," Franks said. "I'm looking for more consistency at each meet, and that's the biggest thing we've got to work on."

The goal of better competition to open the year is evident by the stacked field that includes the likes of Georgia, Georgia Tech, Tulane and Mercer, just to name a few.

"We'll see early on where we stand and what we need to do to get better," Franks added.

The 2010 Bulldogs are predicted to finish 8th in the SEC, while the Lady Bulldogs are picked 9th.

However, Franks is confident his squads will better those marks and will use those rankings as motivation.

"Both teams have been training hard, and I am ready to see them compete against tough competition this weekend," he said.

MSU will continue the season on Sept. 18 when it comes home to host the Bulldog Invitational.


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