In the final match of a four-match homestand, the No. 13 Mississippi State men's tennis squad (12-5, 2-3 SEC) will host the No. 10 Kentucky Wildcats (15-4, 3-1 SEC) at the A.J. Pitts Tennis Centre Sunday. Match is slated to start at 1 p.m. CT on the MSU campus.
The Bulldogs will look to bounce back after dropping a heartbreaking 4-3 decision to the 23rd-ranked Vanderbilt Commodores Friday afternoon.
The Maroon and White will bring a pair of ranked singles players and one ranked doubles squad into Sunday's SEC battle. Romain Bogaerts, ranked 18th in the nation, comes in with an 11-4 record and 2-2 in conference play, while No. 59 Malte Stropp enters with 12 wins, most recently a 6-0, 7-6(5) win against No. 54 Gonzales Austin of Vanderbilt.
Also of note is MSU freshman Jordan Angus, who defeated Vanderbilt's Jeff Offerdahl 6-3, 6-3 Friday for his team-leading 13th win of the spring.
The 14th-ranked State doubles tandem of Angus and Stropp has earned six wins on the season, with four coming against ranked opponents. Of those ranked wins, the most notable is the 9-8(4) victory against Auburn's No. 1 duo of Andreas Mies and Dan Cochrane on March 1.
The 10th-ranked Wildcats enter Sunday after toppling No. 4 Ole Miss Friday in a big 4-1 upset.
Kentucky sports two ranked singles players, with Anthony Rossi at No. 31 and Tom Jomby at No. 32. In doubles, the duo of Jomby and Kevin Lai, ranked 23rd in the nation, comes in as UK's only ranked pair.
Following Sunday's match, State will hit the road as SEC play continues. The Bulldogs will travel to Fayetteville, Ark., Friday, March 22, to battle the No. 46 Arkansas Razorbacks. MSU will wrap up the short two-match road swing in Baton Rouge, La., on Sunday, March 24, facing the No. 68 LSU Tigers.
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Mississippi State Lady Bulldog tennis (6-7, 0-5 SEC) will head to Kentucky to take on the No. 38 ranked Lady Wildcats (11-5, 2-3) Sunday, concluding a five-match road swing for State. The match is set to begin at 11 a.m. CT on the UK campus.
Georgiana Patrasc, a freshman currently playing at the top spot for MSU, will be a crucial component to a Maroon and White triumph. Patrasc posted an impressive 7-5, 6-3 upset victory against Vanderbilt's No. 46 ranked Lauren Mira in the team'S Friday match in Nashville. Patrasc is now 8-5 in dual match singles play as a rookie. Fellow newcomer Sarai Flores has also been solid this season in singles, currently holding a 5-4 mark at the No. 6 spot for MSU.
MSU's No. 46 ranked doubles pair of Alexandra Perper and Naomi Tran will also be vital to a Lady Bulldog win. The pair stands at 7-2 on the dual season at the No. 1 position, including an upset win of the nation's No. 4 team earlier this season.
No. 38 ranked Nadia Ravita leads the Lady Wildcats. The freshman took down No. 37 Caroline Rhode-Moe of Ole Miss 7-5, 6-1 in the team's 4-3 loss to UM on Friday.
Following this weekend's action, State will return home to host Arkansas and LSU on March 22 and 24, respectively, at the A.J. Pitts Tennis Centre on the MSU campus. Match times are set for 3 p.m. and 1 p.m.
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Following a stellar first-round 13-over-par 293, the Mississippi State women's golf team posted a 303 in the second round of the SunTrust Gator Invitational for a season-best two-round 597 tally. The Lady Bulldogs are currently tied for ninth entering the final round.
"It was a completely different round today," MSU coach Ginger Brown-Lemm said. "Windy conditions, we are within two shots of the North Carolina, Baylor and Florida State and really left shots out there. At the same time, we never gave up either. This course has a way of taking self-confidence from players. We are learning and gaining critical experience for the future: how to play with highly ranked teams and expect the same from yourself and your teammates."
MSU is tied with No. 49 Florida State after a 23-over performance, just two strokes behind No. 6 North Carolina and one stroke behind No. 18 Baylor.
Third-ranked Alabama used a second-round 13-over 293 to take control of the leaderboard with a 19-over-par 579. No. 5 Florida and No. 4 Oklahoma are tied for second with a 582.
"The reigning national champions, Alabama, only have us by nine shots per day," Brown-Lemm added. "That is encouraging for our young squad. The super-strong field will provide a boost to our strength of schedule, which will influence our postseason NCAA first-round opportunities."
Ally McDonald also maintained her Top 10 card individually with a 4-over-par 74. The Fulton, Miss., native climbed as high as sixth before bogeying two of her final three holes. Her two-round 5-over-par 145 leaves her just four strokes shy of her second-consecutive Top 3 finish.
Freshman Gabi Oubre' posted a 7-over-par 77 and held onto her Top 25 card. Her two-round 8-over-par 148 is tied for 21st and is also second-best on the Lady Bulldog club, just ahead of sophomore Elena Warren.
Warren's second-round 76 moved her just out of the Top 25 and into a share for 27th. Like Oubre', Warren is aiming for her first-career Top 25 finish. Her two-round 149 has the Austin, Texas, native just one stroke shy of that feat with 18 holes remaining.
Mary Langdon Gallagher carved three strokes off her first-round tally for a second-round 5-over-par 75, while Rica Tse bettered her score by four strokes for a 77. Gallagher sits at 13-over-par 153 after two rounds and Tse is at 158.
No. 31 Chirapat Jao-Javanil (Oklahoma) took control of the individual race after a 2-under-par 68. Her two-round 3-under-par 137 edged Portland Rosen (140) of Virginia and 15th-ranked Hayley Davis (141) of Baylor.
Final-round action will begin with 7:30 a.m. CST shotgun Sunday.
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Identical 4-under-par, 284's by Mississippi State and host Florida State on Saturday from the Seminole Intercollegiate, sets the stage for a fantastic finish going into the final round.
The No. 36 ranked Bulldogs finished Saturday where they left off Friday afternoon, only one stroke behind No. 17 FSU. Last season, FSU won the Seminole Intercollegiate by one stroke over Georgia Tech, so they have been in this exact position before.
"It was another pretty good day for us," Coach Clay Homan said. "The golf course played a little tougher today, because the wind picked up and the greens got quicker. Being in the last group tomorrow with an opportunity to win is right where we want to be."
Junior Joe Sakulpolphaisan has an opportunity to win as an individual Sunday, being only two strokes back from the lead. Sakulpolphaisan stayed the course and is still tied for third after his 2-under-par, 70 day. The Thailand native has a 6-under-par score for the Seminole Intercollegiate.
Junior Axel Boasson fell back a couple spots to tie for fifth on Saturday. The junior fired off a 1-under-par, 71 from Southwood to stay in the hunt going into tomorrow's final 18.
After shooting his best round of the season, senior Robi Calvesbert turned in a Even score. Calvesbert is tied for 12th place after the 72 at the Seminole.
SEC Player of the Week and junior Bulldog Chad Ramey climbed nine spots to tie for 25th on Saturday. The Fulton, Miss., native turned in a 1-under-par, 71 for the second round to leave him at Even for the tourney. Ramey has finished with at least a top-10 performance five out of his last seven tournaments.
Rounding out the Maroon and White lineup from Tallahassee was true freshman Haraldur Magnus. The Iceland product followed up his 2-over-par, 74 on Friday with a 5-over-par, 77 to tie for the 49th spot in his first action of the spring.
Sophomore Fletcher Johnson competed as an individual at the Seminole Intercollegiate, shooting a 15-over par, 87.
The Bulldogs will tee off from Southwood at 9:26 a.m. with Magnus leading off once again alongside FSU's Bjorn Hellgren and Coastal Carolina's Easton Renwick.
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