FLUSHING, N.Y. - In the opening round of the doubles main draw, Mississippi State's seventh-ranked tandem of Louis Cant and Malte Stropp dropped a tough decision at the USTA/ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships on Thursday.
Facing California's Carlos Cueto and Ben McLachlan, the Bulldog pair had a difficult early round match-up. The Golden Bear tandem proved too much as they took down MSU's duo 8-5.
Cant and Stropp will see action in doubles consolation beginning Friday when they will face Idaho's Marius Cirstea and Andrew Dobbs.
In other action, MSU sophomore Zach White will begin competition at the USA F30 Future in Pensacola, Fla. beginning Friday.
STARKVILLE, Miss. - After rolling past Florida Tech to open exhibition play last weekend, Mississippi State finds itself back on the court Friday against Pikeville in the final exhibition game of the season.
Tip at Humphrey Coliseum is slated for 7 p.m., and the game will be video streamed live on Maroon to the Max, with Jim Ellis providing play-by-play and Bart Gregory serving as the color commentator.
The Bears, who are 1-0 on the year after beating Union College, are the defending NAIA national champions and are currently ranked No. 1 in the country.
"It’s going to be a good test for us," 14th-year MSU coach Rick Stansbury said. "It’s a program with a lot of tradition, and anytime you play a team that’s won a national championship at any level, they are obviously going to be very talented."
The Bulldogs, who open the regular season at 7 p.m. on Monday against Eastern Kentucky in the opening round of the 2K Classic, are coming off a 97-63 win against Florida Tech.
In that outing, MSU had three players record double-doubles – Arnett Moutlrie (19 points, 11 rebounds), Wendell Lewis (14, 11) and Renardo Sidney (11, 11) – while senior guard Brian Bryant scored a game-high 21 points. The Bulldogs led just 40-33 at the break, but pulled comfortably ahead in the final 20 minutes thanks to a 56.1 percent shooting effort in the second half.
While Friday marks the second regular-season game of the year for the Bears, it’s their third exhibition game. In October, they dropped 103-82 decision to the Big Blue All-Stars, a team comprised mainly of former Kentucky players. Then last week, they loss at No. 8 Louisville, 74-55, behind a 12-point effort from Chris McHenry.
Notre Dame, Ind. - This weekend, Mississippi State’s Women’s Tennis team will travel to the campus of Notre Dame as they begin play in the Eck Fall Tennis Classic.
Ekaterina Iakovleva, Olesya Tsigvintseva, Roseline Dion, Khrystyna Pavlyuk, and Petra Ferancova will represent the Lady Bulldogs in this competition.
The tournament will be set up in a mock dual format. This will pit Mississippi State against players from other schools participating in the Eck Fall Classic.
Other schools competing in this tournament include Oklahoma, Wake Forest, and the host of the tournament, Notre Dame.
Mississippi State will begin play on Friday at 10 a.m.