COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Volleyball Bulldogs make their second national television appearance Sunday as Mississippi State (4-13, 0-8 SEC) takes on SEC newcomer Missouri (13-5, 5-3 SEC) in a 12 p.m. (CT) match at MU’s Hearnes Center.
The match will be televised by ESPNU, with Michele Smith and Dorothy Franco-Reed describing the action.
The Bulldogs fell short in their bid to claim a season-first league win Friday night in Lexington, Ky., bowing to Kentucky 25-18, 25-18, 25-18 in the first volleyball match held at Rupp Arena. The match drew more than 5,000 fans and served as the run-up event to UK’s annual Big Blue Madness basketball celebration.
Freshman Taylor Scott led the match with nine kills, sophomore Alex Scott took match honors with 11 digs in her debut as the Bulldogs’ libero, and sophomore Lainey Wyman registered a match-most four blocks. Freshman Roxanne McVey, the SEC’s leader in digs, drew a career-first start at the setter position and dished out 18 point-producing passes.
State hosts South Carolina and Arkansas next weekend in matches that will be played in Humphrey Coliseum in conjunction with special Homecoming events scheduling on campus.
Vestavia Hills, Ala. - Looking to continue one of the hottest starts to a season since 2007, the Mississippi State men’s golf team will travel to Alabama on Monday for the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate.
The two-day event will tee off from the par 71 6,936-yard course with a 36-hole two-round day one. The final 18 holes will be played on Tuesday from the Old Overton Country Club.
“This is our fourth consecutive year to play in ‘the Pate’ and each year the field is strong,” said Bulldog men’s golf coach Clay Homan. “It will give us the opportunity to see how we stack up against some of the elite teams in the country.”
The SEC will be represented well in the Jerry Pate with four clubs from the conference competing. Florida, Auburn and host-Alabama will join MSU at the Old Overton Country Club; it will be the first time this season the Bulldogs will have squared off against these SEC teams. Alongside the SEC teams fighting for victory on Monday will be out-of-conference teams Clemson, Minnesota,?Middle Tennessee State, Samford, South Alabama, UAB, UNLV and West Florida.
MSU has never won as a team in the Jerry Pate, which will be played for the 28th time after Monday. The Maroon and White have however claimed the top spot on the individual side of things, with former Bulldog Steve Pope winning the tourney in 1990.
The most likely Bulldog to repeat what Pope did over 20 years ago will be junior Chad Ramey. The Fulton, Miss., native has a couple of incredible streaks that he will be bringing to the Yellowhammer state this trip. Ramey has placed at least a Top 25 finish in his last 10 events, a feat that stretches all the way back to the Gator Invitational. Top 10 finishes are looking easy for the junior as well, with four Top 10 posts in a row dating back to last season.
Junior Joe Sakulpolphaisan has been heating up on the course for MSU in his first season with the Bulldogs. The Thailand native has placed three Top 25 finishes in his opening season with State. Included in those finishes is a sixth-place posting at the Bulldogs last event, the David Toms.
Joining the Maroon and White this week will be a trio of Bulldogs fresh off traveling half way around the world to compete in the World Amateurs. The trio of senior Robi Calvesbert, junior Axel Boasson and true freshman Haraldur Magnus will all be on MSU’s line-up for the Jerry Pate.
Calvesbert will be looking to build off his last appearance for MSU a 23rd place finish at the Mason Randolph. Boasson also had a phenomenal showing at the Vanderbilt-hosted event, a 17th place finish that was aided by a second-round 67. Magnus will be competing in his first tournament on the Bulldogs’ scorecard. The Iceland native competed in the season-opening Sam Hall event as an individual, where he finished 21st overall.
After concluding the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate, the Bulldogs will head to Greensboro, N.C. for the Bridgestone Golf Collegiate. The tournament on Oct. 27-28 will be the final event for the fall season.
Fans who want to keep track of State on the golf course can follow the Maroon and White on Twitter @mstateMG and on Facebook at facebook.com/mstateMG.
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State looks to build on the momentum of Friday’s thrilling 3-2 win at Alabama as it ventures to Gainesville to meet No. 12 Florida at 1 p.m. Sunday in a game televised by Comcast Sports Southeast.
Head coach Neil Macdonald’s squad earned three valuable points in SEC play as it scored three goals in the game’s final 15 minutes to erase a 1-0 halftime deficit.
The Bulldogs enter Sunday’s televised contest 8-7-1 overall and 1-7-1 in the SEC.
Freshman Halee Heltsley leveled the match before junior Elisabeth Sullivan scored the go-ahead goal moments later. After Alabama equalized, Sullivan put home the winner with just over two minutes left in regulation.
Sullivan posted her third multiple-goal game of the season, a mark that ties Shannon Walsh and Treena Ferguson for the most in Bulldog career records.
Sullivan scored her eighth and ninth goals of the season, tying her for the fourth-most goals in a season. She also assisted Heltsley’s goal, giving her 22 points on the year to match Meredith Riekert for fifth-most by a Bulldog.
The Memphis native has enjoyed a banner season on the pitch. Now with 20 goals for her career, she enters Sunday’s match two back of the school record held by Riekert and Amy Van Zandt.
Mississippi State’s defense fought off a number of Alabama challenges, with Skylar Rosson making six saves in goal.
Rosson has 74 saves on the season and 323 for her career, 45 back of the top mark held by Taryn Holland.
Rosson and her teammates will be vying for a second-straight win against Florida after last season’s 1-0 upset of a then-No. 11 Gators squad in Starkville.
In that contest, Sullivan scored the winner 37 seconds after The Opening whistle, and the State defense made it stand behind 13 saves from Rosson.
Sunday’s match will be the final home action of the season for Florida. The Gators rallied in the second half as well Friday night to claim a 2-1 win against No. 14 Missouri.
The win jumped Florida to the top of the SEC table with an 11-3-1 overall record and 8-1-0 conference tally.
Havana Solaun leads the Gators’ offensive attack with five goals and 14 points, while Erika Tymrak has a team-high five assists to go along with three goals.
Taylor Burke has played every match in goal, stopping 39 shots while surrendering 15 goals.
Fans can follow Bulldog soccer on Twitter (www.twitter.com/mstateSOC) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/mstateSOC) for updates on the match.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - A short trip to Alabama resulted in big results for Mississippi State Saturday as both the men’s and women’s cross country teams recorded third-place finishes at the Crimson Classic.
In their final event before the SEC Championships in two weeks at Vanderbilt, the women tallied 96 points while the men posted 77.
Senior standout Renee Masterson (18:02.54) led the way for the Lady Bulldogs, finishing ninth in the 5K. Chloe Phillips (18:05.51), Katie Huston (18:21.03) and Jodie McGuff (18:22.75) also had strong finishes for the women, rounding out the Top 20 at 14th, 18th and 20th, respectively.
“We’re all battling fatigue and stress, but we rose above those circumstances and finished strong,” Masterson said.
Seizing the 8K top finish for the men was Philip Johnson (26:11.17), who came in 12th for the Bulldogs. John Valentine (26:11.78) and Cameron Vernier (26:12.79) followed Johnson, crossing the line in 13th and 16th, respectively. Rounding out the Top 30 was Jacob Fuller (27th, 26:37.38) and Julian Duarte (29th, 26:40.91).
“We beat Tennessee, which was the primary goal for the men’s team,” Johnson said. “Auburn beat us by four points, so we’ll be focusing on them for the next two weeks and at the conference meet.”
The men placed above SEC foes Alabama, Ole Miss and Tennessee.
“Today we learned some important lessons that I think can carry us into a strong finish at SEC Championships,” Phillips said. “We came back strong in the second half and need to use the good and the bad of this race to combine for our best possible finish in two weeks.”
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - With two rounds of the Mercedes-Benz Women’s Collegiate Championship complete, the Mississippi State women’s golf team owns a 10th-place, 27-over-par 603 card at Holston Hills Country Club.
MSU is just seven strokes back of No. 14 Iowa State and within striking distance of a Top 5 finish in a field with seven teams in the Top 50.
Sophomore Rica Tse paced the Lady Bulldogs with a 1-over-par 73 on Saturday. Her two-round, 6-over-par 150 trails fellow sophomore Ally McDonald by a single stroke. After opening the Tennessee-hosted event with a 72 Friday, McDonald turned in a 77 for the second round.
Junior Mary Langdon Gallagher tallied a 79 after her opening-round 73. Freshmen Gabi Oubre’ and Logan Chaney round out the Lady Bulldogs’ leaderboard with a 153 and 164, respectively.
Final-round action will begin at 8:00 a.m. CST Sunday, with the Lady Bulldogs slated to tee off at 9:40 alongside East Carolina and Miami on hole No. 10.
Live stats will be available through HailState.com. Fans can also keep up with the women’s golf program through the women’s golf twitter account, @mstateWG, or Facebook account, facebook.com/mstateWG.