STARKVILLE, Miss. - Fresh off a four-game road trip, the Mississippi State soccer team begins the regular season’s final stretch by hosting Georgia and Arkansas this weekend at the MSU Soccer Field.
Head coach Neil Macdonald’s squad meets Georgia at 7 p.m. Friday. The Bulldogs make their national-television debut on Sunday, hosting Arkansas on ESPNU at 3 p.m.
Friday’s game will be streamed for free on www.hailstate.com/hstvlive. In addition to ESPNU, Sunday’s game can also be seen on WatchESPN.com.
MSU meets the SEC Eastern Division Bulldogs on Friday as part of 4-H Night. In addition to recognizing area 4-H clubs, the Bulldogs will also host Facebook Friday giveaways along with other contests and a post-match autograph session with the team.
On Sunday, Mississippi State will show its support to the fight against breast cancer in its annual “Kick For The Cure” game. The first 250 fans will receive a free pair of pink Hail State sunglasses.
In addition to “Kick for the Cure,” Sunday’s contest will also be Starkville Soccer Association Day and Office of Diversity and Equity Family Day.
Following Sunday’s game, the Bulldog players and coaches will host a free youth skills clinic.
The Bulldogs split the final weekend of the four-match road trip to move to 8-8-1 overall and 1-8-1 in the SEC. Mississippi State defeated Alabama 3-2 last Friday in Tuscaloosa before capping the weekend with a tough 4-1 setback to No. 12 Florida.
Junior forward Elisabeth Sullivan notched two goals and assisted the other for the Bulldogs in the win in Tuscaloosa. Sullivan now has a team-leading 22 points on the season with nine goals and four assists.
The Memphis, Tenn., native enters the season’s final three matches with 20-career goals, two back of tying the MSU record.
State’s other two goals on the weekend came off the feet of freshmen Halee Heltsley and Honeye Heydari. Heltsley netted her second goal of the year to erase a 1-0 halftime deficit against the Crimson Tide.
After adding her fifth assist of the season on Friday, Heydari netted her first conference goal against the Gators on Sunday. The Jackson, Tenn., native has tallied a team second-most 17 points on six goals and five assists.
Defensively, C.J. Winship is set to make her second start for the Bulldogs in goal with Skylar Rosson having to sit out for the red card she picked up against Florida. Winship made her first start earlier in the year in 1-0 home setback to LSU.
MSU enters Friday’s match looking to avenge last season’s tough 4-3 double-overtime loss in Athens. Sullivan and Jasmine Simmons each scored in that game, while Rosson made a school-record 19 saves.
This season’s Georgia squad is 6-9-2 overall and 2-6-2 in league play following home setbacks to Auburn and Kentucky last weekend.
Meghan Gibbons and Bella Hartley top UGA with 8 points and four goals each.
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STARKVILLE, Miss. - A trio of fall baseball scrimmages --- all open to the public --- are scheduled this weekend at Dudy Noble Field in conjunction with Mississippi State University’s Homecoming 2012 activities and the Diamond Dogs’ ongoing fall baseball practice.
Seven-inning scrimmages are set for 4:15 p.m. Friday and 11:30 a.m. Saturday with a six-inning contest set for 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Two right-handers, senior Kendall Graveman (Alexander City, Ala.) and junior Evan Mitchell (Marietta, Ga.), are tabbed for game-opening mound duty Friday, with sophomore righty Will Cox (Amory, Miss.) and lefty Jacob Lindgren (Bay St. Louis, Miss.) matched in Saturday’s game.
The defending SEC Tournament Champions are scheduled to conclude their fall team practices Oct. 30-Nov. 4 at Dudy Noble Field with the 2012 Maroon-White World Series. Game times for the series, open to the public, have not been set.
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State’s Women’s Tennis will take to the courts once again this fall as the team travels to Tuscaloosa, Ala., for the ITA Southern Region Indoor Championships. The tournament is a qualifying events for the ITA National Indoor Championships which will be held in November in New York.
The entire Lady Bulldog squad, with the exception of junior Roseline Dion, will represent the Maroon and White in the team’s fourth tournament of the fall campaign. Conference opponents who will also be competing in Tuscaloosa include Alabama, Auburn, Ole Miss and LSU.
The tournament will kick off at 9 a.m. CT on Friday beginning with two rounds of doubles play followed by one round of singles competition.
The ITA Southern Region Indoor Championship is set to last through Monday. Results will be posted on hailstate.com throughout the weekend with updates on Twitter (@mstateWT).
STARKVILLE, Miss. - A year ago, in conjunction with “Maroon Madness” basketball festivities, Mississippi State’s Volleyball Bulldogs moved their match against 25th-ranked Kentucky from the Newell-Grissom Building to Humphrey Coliseum.
State responded with a program-first win over a ranked opponent and a school attendance mark that also broke the state’s collegiate volleyball record.
MSU (4-14, 0-9 SEC) returns to the scene of that historic win for a pair of matches this weekend, hosting South Carolina (14-7, 2-7 SEC) Friday at 7 p.m. and SEC West rival Arkansas (14-6, 5-4 SEC) Sunday at 1:30 p.m. There is no charge for admission to the weekend matches. Sunday’s match has been designated as a “Dig Pink” match at Humphrey Coliseum, part of the Side-Out Foundation’s nationwide campaign to raise awareness of cancer and cancer research.
In conjunction with the weekend matches being played at Humphrey Coliseum, a special video streaming offering of the contest will be available online on HailStateTV (www.HailState.com/hstvlive). The stream will include a multi-camera production and a play-by-play call of the matches by Hunter Richardson.
“We have been so fortunate to have great support at our volleyball matches, and we need that support more than ever this weekend,” said head coach Jenny Hazelwood. “A big Homecoming Weekend crowd in the coliseum would help create that important home court advantage. Davis Wade Stadium was rocking last Saturday night, an example of the impact a big, enthusiastic crowd can make.”
The matches represent MSU’s lone home competition in October. State, eager to end a pesky 10-match losing skid, recently completed a four-match, four-state road tour. Next weekend the Bulldogs return to the road to take on SEC-leading Florida and defending SEC West champion LSU.
“Playing in Humphrey Coliseum brings back some really fond memories for me,’ continued Hazelwood. “I remember my freshman year as a player, the last year we played in Humphrey Coliseum before moving to Newell-Grissom. I think our freshmen are as excited about playing in the coliseum as I was when I was a freshman. And I know our veteran players remember how exciting it was to get that big win over Kentucky here last fall.”
Underclassmen continue to set the pace for the Bulldogs in most statistical categories. Outside hitter Taylor Scott (Claremont, Calif.) leads the team with 192 kills and with 192 digs ranks second behind another rookie, SEC digs leader Roxanne McVey (Magnolia, Texas). McVey, who moved from the libero position last weekend to take over as State’s new setter, has 371 digs and sports the nation’s eight-best per-set digs average (5.71). Freshman Sarah Nielsen (Cypress, Texas), second on the team with 155 kills, leads MSU with a .250 attack percentage.
At the net sophomore Lainey Wyman (Planfield, Ill.) leads the club with 39 total blocks.
MSU’s 2012 Homecoming Queen Caty Steele and the Homecoming Court will be introduced during a first-set timeout Friday while Mr. and Miss. MSU, Morgan McDowell and Sara Vance will serve as guest MSU bench coaches throughout the MSU-USC match.
FRIDAY MATCH PROMOTIONS: Dawg-Eat-Dawg Challenge (MSU Alumni Delegates vs. Roadrunners … Boutique Relay Challenge … Facebook Friday giveaway … registration for MSU vs Arkansas football sideline pass drawing … Sign-in for Greek Life TV Giveaway … Bulldog Coalition point registration.
AUBURN, Ala. - Freshman Romain Bogaerts defied seedings and rankings to earn the biggest win of the day, and certainly the biggest of his young career, as the Mississippi State Bulldogs capped a successful first day at the USTA/ITA Southern Regional Championships.
Bogaerts defeated his first-round opponent, Cody Hall of South Alabama 6-1, 6-2 to start off the day and earn a second-round battle with host Auburn’s 11th-ranked and second-seeded Andreas Mies. Bogaerts battled in every point, earning a straight-set upset victory against Mies 6-4, 7-5.
Freshman Stefan Vinti was the other Bulldog in first-round play, routing Troy’s Athare Mansingh 6-2, 6-1 to advance to the second round. Vinti then faced Tulane’s Adam Bernstein and found victory again, winning 6-0, 6-1.
State’s highest-seeded players in fourth-seeded and 41st-ranekd James Chaudry and fifth-seeded and 47th-ranked Malte Stropp found similar success, both gaining straight-set victories in the second round after first-round byes. Chaudry won against Troy’s Sami Ghorbel 6-3, 6-1. Stropp cruised against SEC foe Zack Wilder of Ole Miss 6-2, 6-0.
Bulldogs Jordan Angus and Pedro Dumont were another pair to find success after earning byes. Angus defeated South Alabama’s Shaynne Vaezzadeh 5-7, 6-2, 6-0 in a nice comeback while Dumont defeated Tulane’s Cedric Rutsaert 6-2, 6-4.
Wrapping up singles play for the day, junior Zach White dropped his match to Auburn’s Lukas Ollert 7-6(1), 6-1 in the second round, while senior Ethan Wilkinson fell to 12th-seeded Jarryd Botha of Alabama 6-3, 6-3. Wilkinson will participate in consolation play Friday, receiving a first-round bye.
In the sole doubles match of the day for the Bulldogs, White and Wilkinson were victorious as they teamed up to defeat Tulane’s Tom Puetz and Rafael Rondino 8-4 in The Opening round.
Angus, Chaudry, Stropp and Vinti will start the day for the Bulldogs Friday, all scheduled to start at 8:30 a.m. CT. Angus will face Alabama’s No. 59/8th-seeded Daniil Proskura, Chaudry will battle Tulane’s Alex Van Cott, Stropp faces Lucian Gheorghe of Auburn, and Vinti matches up against fifth-ranked and the tournament’s No. 1 seed Nik Scholtz of Ole Miss.
Bogaerts and Dumont are scheduled to start at 9:30 a.m., with Bogaerts facing Southern Mississippi’s Matt Frost and Dumont facing Samford’s Fares Kilani.
In doubles action, all four doubles tandems will see the court, with play scheduled to start at 4 p.m. The No. 41-ranked and second-seeded State duo of Angus and Stropp will face Tulane’s Rodrigo Rappaccioli and Dominik Koepfer. Bogaerts and Dumont will match-up against Southern Mississippi’s Matt Frost and Andrew Goodwin, while Chaudry and Vinti will battle Samford’s Fares Kilani and Austin Akers. White and Wilkinson will face the fourth-seeded Ole Miss duo of Johan Backstrom and William Kallburg.
In singles play, all participants will need two wins Friday to advance to Saturday’s quarterfinals. In doubles, teams will only need one victory to advance to round of 16 play Saturday.
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