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Broska Celebration

by Graham Murphree, Student Assistant/Communications

CARY, N.C./MILWAUKEE, Wisc. - Junior Florian Broska highlighted the day for Mississippi State men's tennis Friday, going undefeated (3-0) in singles and doubles play on the first day of action at the Duke Bonk Invitational in Cary, N.C.
 
Broska opened the day by teaming up with Bulldog true freshman Davide Tortora – who was opening his career in the Maroon and White. The duo cruised through UNC Charlotte's duo of Cole Brainard and Colin Thomson 6-0 in the opening round of the Black draw. The State pair then had a quick turn around and triumphed over Furman's tandem of Jake Munns and Clarke Wilson 6-4 in the semifinals. Broska and Tortora will take the court Saturday morning at 9 a.m. ET against Bruno Caula and Daniel Groom of UNC Wilmington for the title of the Black draw.
                                                                                                                                                                         
In singles, Broska completed his perfect day by downing Liberty's Chase Burton 6-0, 6-4 in the Blue draw. Saturday morning at 10 a.m. ET, Broska will meet Austin Hussey (UNC WIlmington) in the quarterfinals.
 
In the White draw, Tortora proved to be a fierce competitor in singles, but the top seed ultimately fell to Virginia Tech's Brandon Perez 6-4, 6-4 in a tight affair. The Bulldog rookie will take court in singles consolation Saturday at 11 a.m. ET against Tristan Smith of North Carolina State.
 
Meanwhile, in Milwaukee at the 44th Milwaukee Tennis Classic, State's Giovanni Oradini and Nicolas Ocana were in action for State Friday as well.
 
The 24th-ranked senior Oradini spared no time on the court in singles, as he cruised through Arizona State's William Kirkman in a comfortable 6-3, 6-2 contest. The No. 2-seeded Bulldog will take on Inigo Torre Martin (VCU) in Saturday's second round.
 
The freshman Ocana started in his first career singles match as a Bulldog Friday but had a tall task in taking on the top seed in the event - Illinois' 79th-ranked Zeke Clark. Ocana proved to have fire under his belt as the match started but ultimately fell 6-4, 6-0. The MSU newcomer will take the court again tomorrow in the consolation draw, meeting VCU's Lleyton Cronje.
 
In doubles, Ocana and Oradini paired up for the first time ever as the No. 7 seed. The duo produced a hard-fought match but was edged by Wisconsin's Jared Pratt and Lenard Soha 9-7 in their opener. The tournament is not holding a consolation doubles draw but the Bulldog duo did play one consolation match to end Friday's action, defeating the San Diego tandem of Joel Gamerov and Marvin Schaber 8-5.
 
 
MSU at the Duke Bonk Invitational
September 20, 2019 – Cary, North Carolina
 
DOUBLES
Black Draw
First Round - Florian Broska/Davide Tortora (MSU) [1] def. Cole Brainard/Collin Thomson (UNC Charlotte) 6-0
Semifinals – Broska/Tortora (MSU) [1] def. Jake Munns/Clarke Wilson (Furman) 6-4
 
SINGLES
White Draw
First Round - Brandon Perez (Virginia Tech) def. Davide Tortora (MSU) [1] 6-4, 6-4
 
Blue Draw
First Round - Florian Broska (MSU) def. Chase Burton (Liberty) 6-0, 6-4
 
MSU at the 44th Milwaukee Tennis Classic
September 20, 2019 – Milwaukee, Wisconsin
 
DOUBLES
First Round – Jared Pratt/Lenard Soha (Wisconsin) def. Nicolas Ocana/Giovanni Oradini (MSU) [7] 9-7
Consolation- Nicolas Ocana/Giovanni Oradini def. Joel Gamerov/Marvin Schaber (San Diego) 8-5.
  
SINGLES
First Round – #79 Zeke Clark (Illinois) [1] def Nicolas Ocana (MSU) 6-4, 6-0; #24 Giovanni Oradini (MSU) [2] def. William Kirkman (Arizona State) 6-3, 6-2 

ITA National rankings precede player names; tournament seedings are in brackets

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Freshman Alexandra Mikhailuk posts a 3-0 record in collegiate debut.

by Mikaela Elizondo, Graduate Assistant/Communications

GREENVILLE, S.C. – Mississippi State true freshman Alexandra Mikhailuk kicked off her collegiate career with an undefeated performance on day one of the Debbie Southern Fall Classic Friday. The Burlington, Ontario, Canada, native was 3-0 for the Bulldogs in her debut in the Maroon and White.
 
"Our focus going into this event was to battle and fight regardless of the score. We definitely had some great battles," head coach Daryl Greenan said. "I was impressed with the level of our doubles this morning. We stayed engaged and came up with the shots at big moments. I was happy we were able to pull out a couple of close wins. The singles competition was extremely high. We saw enough positives to build on. Tomorrow, we will have to make a few adjustments to get into the win column overall. It was a solid day and we are getting the high level challenges we need."
 
The MSU tandem of Magda Adaloglou and Tamara Racine – ranked 14th nationally – opened the event in a hard fought battle but ultimately fell to Duke's Chloe Beck and Meible Chi 8-6 in the first round of Flight 1. In the consolation semifinals, the duo responded by defeating Tennessee's 24th-ranked Tenika McGiffin and Kaitlin Staines 8-6. They will face Julia Adams and Katarina Kozarov of host Furman Saturday morning in the consolation finals.
 
State sophomore Emma Antonaki and Mikhailuk were successful as they went undefeated in Flight 3, first overpowering Wake Forest's Anna Brylin and Saby Nihalani 8-4 in round one, before besting Eleni Louka and Sydney Riley of Clemson 8-7(5) in a fierce semifinal battle. The MSU partnership will battle Florida State's Sasha Hill and Petra Hule in the title match of their flight on Saturday morning.
 
The freshman-senior pair of Marta Falceto and Sara Lizariturry fell to Georgia Tech's Gia Cohen and Nami Otsuka in an extremely tight 8-7(7) affair to open things. But the all-Spanish tandem bounced back in the consolation semifinals as they defeated Ohio State's Luna Dormet and Mary Beth Hurley 8-5, overcoming a 4-1 deficit for the victory. They will face South Carolina's Elise Mills and Kennedy Wicker in the consolation finals on Saturday.
 
In an additional doubles match, Bulldog junior Meredith Roberts paired up with Texas's Gabby Cusano to defeat Furman's Mary Hunter Hyche and Vanderbilt's Dasha Kourkina in an 8-4 decision.
 
MSU's 41st-ranked Antonaki opened singles action for the Bulldogs. The sophomore fell to 10th-ranked Kenya Jones of Georgia Tech 6-3, 6-0. Antonaki will meet Vanderbilt's 35th-ranked Georgia Drummy Saturday morning in the consolation semis. 
 
In Flight 3, State's No. 115 Adaloglou was downed by 110th-ranked Allie Sanford of North Carolina 6-1, 6-0. She will prepare to compete against Duke's Chloe Beck Saturday in the consolation semifinals.
After going 2-0 in doubles, the State rookie Mikhailuk clinched her first collegiate singles victory against North Carolina's Anike Yargaladda 6-2, 7-5. She advances to the semifinals of Flight 4 on Saturday.
 
Racine fell in a three-set marathon to Joanna Silva of Tennessee 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 in 2019-20 singles opener. The sophomore will compete against Furman's Maryann Rompf in the Flight 6 consolation semifinals Saturday.
 
In her MSU singles debut, Falceto fought valiantly against Florida State's Andrea Garcia but ultimately dropped a close three-set match 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-3. The freshman looks to bounce back Saturday when she faces Zaina Nait Omar from Clemson in the consolation semifinals. 
 
In Flight 9, the State veteran Lizariturry lost a tight first set before finally falling to Wake Forest's MC Meredith 7-6(4), 6-1. The senior Bulldog will resume action against Vanderbilt's Dasha Kourkina Saturday in the consolation semifinals.
 
In the last match of the day, MSU's Roberts dropped a 6-3, 6-2 decision to Ema Lazic of Duke. She will face Tennessee's Kylie Duckworth Saturday in the consolation semifinals of Flight 10.
 
The Bulldogs will be back in action for day two of the Debbie Southern Fall Classic Saturday, beginning with doubles at 9 a.m. ET and singles to follow.
 
For more information on Mississippi State women's tennis team, visit HailState.com and follow "HailStateWT" on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.
 
 
MSU Women's Tennis Results at the 2019 Debbie Southern Fall Classic - Day 1
September 20, 2019 - Greenville, S.C.
 
DOUBLES
Flight 1
First Round – Chloe Beck/Meible Chi (Duke) def. #14 Magda Adaloglou/Tamara Racine (MSU) 8-6
Semifinals (Consolation) – #14 Adaloglou/Racine (MSU) def. #24 Tenika McGiffin/Kaitlin Staines (Tennessee) 8-6
Flight 3 
First Round – Emma Antonaki/Alexandra Mikhailuk (MSU) def. Anna Brylin/Saby Nihalani (Wake Forest) 8-4
Semifinals – Antonaki/Mikhailuk (MSU) def. Eleni Louka/Sydney Riley (Clemson) 8-7(5)
Flight 4
First Round – Gia Cohen/Nami Otsuka (Georgia Tech) def. Marta Falceto/Sara Lizariturry (MSU) 8-7(7)
Semifinals (Consolation) – Falceto/Lizariturry (MSU) def. Luna Dormet/Mary Beth Hurley (Ohio State) 8-5
Extra Match
Meredith Roberts (MSU)/Gabby Cusano (Texas) def. Mary Hunter Hyche (Furman)/Dasha Kourkina (Vanderbilt) 8-4
 
SINGLES
Flight 1
First Round – #10 Kenya Jones (Georgia Tech) def. #41 Emma Antonaki (MSU) 6-3, 6-0
Flight 3
First Round – #110 Allie Sanford (North Carolina) def. #115 Magda Adaloglou (MSU) 6-1, 6-0
Flight 4
First Round – Alexandra Mikhailuk (MSU) def. Anike Yargaladda (North Carolina) 6-2, 7-5
Flight 6
First Round – Joanna Silva (Tennessee) def. Tamara Racine (MSU) 2-6, 6-4, 6-3
Flight 8
First Round – Andrea Garcia (Florida State) def. Marta Falceto (MSU) 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-3
Flight 9
First Round – MC Meredith (Wake Forest) def. Sara Lizariturry (MSU) 7-6(4), 6-1
Flight 10
First Round – Ema Lazic (Duke) def. Meredith Roberts (MSU) 6-3, 6-2
 
Numbers preceding names indicate current ITA national rankings

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Aubree Jones and Ginger Brown-Lemm

by Shelby Spurlock, Student Assistant/Communications

Nashville, Tenn. – The Mississippi State women's golf team opened play at the Mason Rudolph Invitational, recording an opening-round score of 291 for 3-over par to finish the day tied for sixth place at the Vanderbilt Legends North Course.
 
"We worked hard today and the ladies rose to the occasion," said head coach Ginger Brown-Lemm. "This is the longest course of our competitive regular-season schedule at 6,460 yards. The Vanderbilt North Course is not just long; the green complexes are well bunkered and lots of undulations making hitting greens in the correct quadrant and putting with good speed critical to scoring. Their commitment to the process, each other and to our program is the reason we are seeing this success. Lots of golf left with even more challenging hole locations, but they can handle it."

Freshman Ashley Gilliam led the way for MSU, carding a 1-under par 71 to tie for ninth place. Junior Aubree Jones shot even (72) for the day, rolling in 4 birdies. Jones finished up placing 12th for the first round.
 
Junior Blair Stockett, who is tied for 24th after the first round, shot just 1-over par for the day. Senior Clara Moyano shot 2-over par to tie for 32nd, while freshman Abbey Daniel finished 7-over par with a score of 79 in the opening round tying for 67th.
 
State returns to the course Saturday morning for the second round, teeing off at 8:30.
  
For more information on the Bulldogs, follow MSU women's golf on Twitter, like them on Facebook and join them on Instagram by searching for "HailStateWG."
 
Mason Rudolph Invitational– First Round
T1. Vanderbilt (287, -1)
T1. Houston (287, -1)
T3. UCF (288, -E)
T3. North Carolina (288, E)
5. Charlotte (289, 1)
T6. Mississippi State (291, 3)
T6. Clemson (291, 3)
8. Chattanooga (292, 4)
9. Mercer University (293, 5)
10. Auburn (294, 6)
11. Northwestern (300, 12)
12. Missouri (301, 13)
13. Middle Tennessee (302, 14)
14. Louisville (303, 15)
15. Florida Atlantic (306, 18)
 
 MSU Players- Final Round
T9. Ashley Gilliam (71, -1)
T12. Aubree Jones (72, E)
T25. Blair Stockett (73, 1)
T42. Clara Moyano (75, 3)
T67. Abbey Daniel (79, 7)

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MBK - Darryl Wilson - HOF Graphic - 2019

by Josie Hutton, Student Assistant/Communications 

Note: This week HailState.com will recognize members of the Mississippi State Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2019. The class will be formally inducted at a gala Friday, Sept. 20 and recognized during the MSU-Kentucky football game in Davis Wade Stadium. 

If the walls of Humphrey Coliseum could talk, where would they even begin? Those walls would tell stories of glorious moments, All-Americans and underdogs, taking the win in true Mississippi State fashion.
 
They've seen the unimaginable players pass through like Jeff Malone and Rickey Brown and the irreplaceable players like Erick Dampier and Quinndary Weatherspoon. They've seen crowds of 10,000 and more pack into seats to watch some of Mississippi State's most talented athletes compete in the Maroon and White.
 
Amongst the crowd of all of Mississippi State's finest is Darryl Wilson, a preeminent guard from Kennedy, Alabama who played for Mississippi State in 1994-96 with shining seasons that included a NCAA Sweet 16 appearance in 1995 followed by a NCAA Final Four run in 1996.

Wilson is on the elite list of players with his 1,619 career points ranking eighth and his 17.4 scoring average ranking fifth in program history. Wilson is joined by legendary names of Dee Bost (2009-12), Quinndary Weatherspoon (2016-19), and Ray White (1976-79) as the only MSU players to amass over 1,600 points, 200 assists and 100 steals during their careers.
 
Even with his statistics being among MSU's best, Wilson remains humble in his induction to the M-Club Hall of Fame.
 
"It's pretty amazing, unexpected," Wilson said. "It gives me chill bumps just thinking about it because I didn't play the game for stuff like this. I played for the love, played for my coaches and my teammates, and the fans. That was kind of my number one love."
 
Wilson's love for the game is still carried with him today as he is now the head coach at Itawamba Agriculture High School in Fulton, Mississippi. He still loves the game today just as much as he did 20 years ago.
 
"With the coaching deal and the basketball deal," Wilson says, "I really enjoy it."
 
With Wilson's passion for basketball still alive, he never forgets the memories that were put together that made his time at Mississippi State so special especially when thinking back to the 1995-96 season and the ride of Wilson's life that took the team to the NCAA Tournament's final weekend.
 
"We felt very confident going into that year," Wilson said. "We worked our tails off in the preseason, and it carried on down that stretch. We got guys that were willing to sacrifice a lot of hard work, a lot of blood, sweat and tears. It was just a blessing."
 
Wilson's drive for the game and hard work ethic did not go unnoticed in his playing time for Mississippi State. He registered double figures in 83 of 93 games fueled by 32 outings of 20-plus points. He secured 1996 SEC All-Tournament Team honors and provided 22 points against No. 1 Kentucky in the championship game as MSU won the school's first SEC Tournament crown.
 
Even through all of Wilson's record-breaking games that he competed in, the one thing that Wilson enjoyed the most about his career at Mississippi State was the true fight and race that Wilson surrounded himself in every day in his time in Starkville, on and off the court.
 
"It was all about the competition," Wilson said. "With me, it's about the competition of who is the better man and who is going to fight. That's what it's all about. That was everything to me. I didn't care if it was a pickup game at the recreation gym. My teammates and I competed at everything."
 
With Wilson's induction to the M-Club Hall of Fame fast approaching, Wilson can know that all of the labor and hard work that he put in was worth every second as his impact at Mississippi State lives on every day.
 
"It's a great feeling for me and for my family," Wilson said." I'm very thankful."

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Gameday Graphic - UK

by Brandon Langlois, Associate Director/Communications

STARKVILLE
- Mississippi State will open the SEC portion of its 2019 schedule when the Bulldogs host Kentucky at 3 p.m. CT Saturday in Davis Wade Stadium. The Wildcats are the Bulldogs' permanent SEC East opponent.

Viewing Information
The game will be televised live on SEC Network with Taylor Zarzour  (play-by-play), Matt Stinchcomb (analyst) and Alyssa Lang (reporter) calling the action. Live streaming video is available via the Watch ESPN app and WatchESPN.com.

Listening Information
The MSU Sports Network C Spire Tailgate Show goes live at 1 p.m. Neil Price, Matt Wyatt and Jay Perry will call the game on the network (check for affiliates here). Live audio is also available for FREE at HailState.com and via the TuneIn app.  For fans in Starkville, they can tune to 100.9 FM.

Storylines
State enters the game with a 2-1 mark following last week's 31-24 loss to Power 5 non-conference opponent Kansas State. Kentucky, which defeated MSU 28-7 last year in Lexington, is 2-1 overall and 0-1 in SEC action. The Wildcats blew a 21-10 fourth quarter lead to Florida last week, and the Gators rallied to a 29-21 victory. 

MSU has won eight of the last 10 over Kentucky. The all-time series is tied 23-23. State is 13-6 all-time in Starkville against Kentucky. The Bulldogs have won four in a row in Starkville, including the last meeting there in 2017, 45-7. The last loss in Starkville was, 14-13, in 2008.   

State has won two of its last three SEC openers, beating South Carolina, 27-14, in 2016, defeating No. 11 LSU, 37-7, in 2017, and falling to Kentucky, 28-7, last year. 

The Bulldogs have won three straight games against SEC opponents at Davis Wade Stadium. After its 13-6 loss to Florida on Sept. 29, 2018, MSU rolled past No. 8 Auburn, 23-9, on Oct. 6, took down No. 16 Texas A&M, 28-13, on Oct. 27, and then dominated Arkansas, 52-6, on Nov. 17. State has outscored its opponents 103-28 during that streak.

RB Kylin Hill is arguably the most dominant rusher in the nation so far this season. Through three games, Hill leads the SEC, is third in the FBS, and second in the Power 5 in rushing yardage (431) and is averaging 143.7 yards rushing per game. Hill, a Doak Walker Award and Maxwell Award candidate, leads the nation in 10 yard runs (15).

WR Osirus Mitchell is the Bulldogs' top pass catcher with 13 receptions for 208 yards and three touchdowns. Each of his three touchdowns have been for 28 yards. His three touchdown catches are tied for fifth in the SEC. Mitchell ranks in the top six in the SEC in catches for a first down (10 – 6th), catches for 15 yards (7 – 4th) and catches for 25 yards (3 – 3rd). 

MSU is one of only five Power 5 teams and just two in the SEC to rush for 200 yards in every game this season. Under head coach Joe Moorhead, State has topped the 200-yard rushing mark 11 times out of 16 games. State's 11 games with 200 rushing yards since 2018 are the second most in the SEC and tied for third most in the Power 5 during that stretch. 

DC Bob Shoop's defense has recorded a takeaway in 19 straight games, which is the second longest active streak in the nation. The streak began at Arkansas on Nov. 18, 2017. State has totaled 37 takeaways during the streak. 

MSU is the only team in the SEC with three players who have recorded 20 tackles this year. S Jaquarius Landrews leads the team and is tied for fourth in the SEC (24), while LB Erroll Thompson and LB Leo Lewis are tied for sixth in the league (23). 

S Brian Cole II leads the nation in tackles for loss among defensive back (5.5) and leads all players in the SEC. Cole also has a team-high 2.0 sacks, which is the most in the SEC among defensive backs. He has recorded at least 1.0 tackle for loss in every game this season and has a sack in each of the last two weeks. 

Tickets 
The Davis Wade Stadium ticket office opens at 12 p.m. and all gates will open at 12:45 p.m. Tickets are also available for purchase on HailState.com. The "Dawg Walk" will take place at 12:45 p.m. in the Junction.
 
What To Wear
Maroon or White   
 
Social Media/Live Stats 
Live updates from the game are available via MSU's official social media channels: TwitterInstagram and Facebook (click the links). Live stats are available via Stat Broadcast at MSU.StatBroadcast.com.
 
Heat Advisory
With temperatures expected in the mid-90s again, MSU Athletics has a number of measures in place to help ensure the safety and well-being of fans attending Saturday's game in Davis Wade Stadium.  To avoid delays with security screening prior to entering the stadium, fans are strongly encouraged to arrive at gates in advance of 45 minutes prior to kickoff. 
  • One clear, colorless, full or empty water bottle per person is permitted into the stadium for all games. Non-clear, color-tinted, stainless steel or non-clear plastic bottles or containers or any other non-clear container is NOT permitted.
  • Additional free water bottle refill stations with expanded capacity are located near sections 4, 12, 21, 104, 308 and 336. See the Davis Wade Stadium map (PDF) for locations.
  • As part of MSU's dramatically reduced concession prices introduced in 2018, a 20-ounce bottled water will cost $2 and a liter will be available for $4. Cash-only kiosks will be set up on the concourse at Sections 8 and 19, as well as Section 305 and the East Side Sky Deck.  
  • Air conditioned buses and rest stations will be set up outside Gate B and Gate L.
  • Stadium first aid stations will be staffed with additional trained EMS personnel.
  • Fans may report safety or guest service concerns by texting the keyword "MSTATE", followed by their message and location to 69050. They also may tweet to @HailStateFamily any guest service concerns.
Fans are encouraged to follow these safety measures before arriving at the stadium: 
  • Hydrate early, before and during the game to avoid heat exhaustion.
  • Apply sunscreen of at least 30 SPF (recommended) and repeat the application periodically.
  • Avoid excess caffeine and alcohol, which could result in dehydration. 
Metal Detector Entry Procedures, Arrive Early
Launched in 2018 at MSU and mandatory throughout SEC football stadiums by the fall of 2020, fans are reminded of metal detector entry procedures into Davis Wade Stadium. Gates to Davis Wade Stadium open at 8:45 a.m. Saturday. Fans are strongly encouraged to arrive at Davis Wade Stadium gates in advance of 45 minutes prior to kickoff to ensure a smooth entry. Fans arriving at gates 30 minutes prior to kickoff should expect delays. For complete metal detector entry procedures, visit HailState.com/metaldetector.

Clear Bag Policy
Fans are encouraged not to bring any types of bags inside SEC stadiums during football games; however, the following outlines bags that are permitted:
  • Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12" x 6" x 12";
  • One-gallon clear plastic freezer bags (Ziploc bag or similar); and
  • Small clutch bags, with or without a handle or strap, that do not exceed 4.5" x 6.5" (approximately the size of a hand).
  • An exception will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection at Gates F and I.
  • An approved logo no larger than 4.5" x 3.4" may be displayed on one side of a permissible clear bag.
For the complete clear bag policy, including an FAQ, visit HailState.com/clearbag.
 
Gameday Questions?
For complete gameday information including, parking maps, road closures, traffic, and other important game day schedule and fan and visitor guides, visit HailState.com/gameday. Fans with game day questions, can tweet @HailStateFamily, the new official fan service and game day information hub of Mississippi State Athletics.

Parking
For MSU Football Gameday Parking locations/lots, please see this map. (PDF)

Advanced Purchase Parking 
Advance purchase game day parking spaces in all public parking lots go on sale at HailState.com/tickets beginning at 8 a.m. Thursday and continuing until 11 p.m. Friday. View the parking map here (PDF). MSU will comply with MDOT regulations in regards to parking on ramps.

Parking Guidelines/ADA
To encourage fans to "park & ride" MSU Transit Buses and best utilize all available public game day parking spaces, MSU has reduced all public parking prices at the Research Park, ADA North, ADA South and Vet School to $10 per vehicle. (vehicle and trailer is $20). Cash and Credit / Debit Cards are accepted at the Research Park, ADA North, ADA South, and Vet School.

All public parking lots located in the interior of campus have increased in price to $30 per vehicle, (vehicle and trailer is $60). Credit / Debit Cards Only - NO CASH will be accepted at interior campus public parking lots. These lots include Bully Grass, Barr Paved, Pace Seed Grass, Sorority Grass, Sponsored Parking behind the Health Center and Roberts Building, The University Bridge Lot, and Zacharias Village Lot.

You can advance purchase game day parking space in all public parking lots each game week by visiting www.hailstate.com/tickets. Advance sales end at 11 p.m. the day before the game.
  • No tents, tables or chairs are permitted in parking spaces or on sidewalks.
  • Parking on grass is permitted only in designated areas. (Available to general public)
  • No parking is allowed on parking lot islands, medians, berms, or the shoulders of streets and roads.
  • Parked vehicles must not obstruct traffic or pedestrian access to sidewalks.
  • Parking spaces cannot be saved.
  • Tailgating is permitted only in areas where traffic or parking is not obstructed and tailgaters must follow all picnic zone regulations.
  • Parking areas must be cleared by 7 a.m. the day following the game.
  • Reserved lot passes must be displayed at all times; misuse will result in loss of parking privileges.
  • All buses must enter campus at the intersection of Hwy. 182 and George Perry St., turn east (left) on Bailey Howell Drive to Lee Blvd., and turn west (right) on Lee Blvd. to bus parking. Bus parking is available in front of Hilbun and Harned Halls (see map). Buses must exit campus via George Perry St. by turning north onto George Perry St. from Lee Blvd.
REMINDER: Center campus roads close four (4) hours before kickoff (please see this map for road closure information (PDF)).
ADA Parking: Public Gameday & Reserved

Please see this map for ADA parking lots. (PDF) On the map legend, ADA parking is blue. ADA season pass parking is light blue and is marked as Lots A, B, C, D, and F.

ADA public parking is now located in two parking lots. North ADA parking is located at the Research Park, off of Hwy 182. South ADA parking is located at the Animal and Dairy Science Building, off of Hailstate Blvd.

ADA Lot D parking passes are available for online purchase during the week of each home game. You may purchase online an individual game parking pass for "Public ADA Lot D" by visiting Hailstate.com/tickets. Public ADA Lot D Parking pass sales close on Friday at 11 p.m. before the game. After purchasing online an individual game parking pass for "ADA Lot D", you simply print your parking pass at home and bring the parking pass to the game to be scanned to enter the parking lot for that day's game, you must also show your ADA hang tag or ADA license plate to access ADA Lot D. Failure to provide authentic ADA documentation for your vehicle will result in you being denied entry to ADA Lot D. If you choose this option, you will need to purchase your parking pass each week prior to that home game. There will be no "ADA Lot D" parking passes sold the day of the game or at the entrance to the parking lot.

ADA Transit Services begin 4 hrs. prior to kickoff, and service North ADA Parking Lot passengers to and from the Old Main Academic Building bus terminal, and service South ADA Parking Lot passengers to and from Newell-Grissom Building terminal. All Transit Buses operate for 2 hrs. after the end of the game.

Disability Carts will be available to provide access from ADA Transit Terminals at Old Main and Newell Grissom to designated DWS locations. Smoke Free Campus
Davis Wade Stadium is a clear air facility. Smoking in any form is prohibited on campus. For more details, visit smokefree.msstate.edu.

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Mississippi State Volleyball

By Austin Coats, Graduate Assistant/Communications

STARKVILLE –
 Thursday afternoon, Mississippi State volleyball cruised to a sweep of Jackson State.
 
Thursday night, the Bulldogs battled to a five-set victory against North Florida.
 
After taking both matches of a Hail State Invitational doubleheader at the Newell-Grissom Building, State improved to 10-1 on the season, doubling the amount of wins the program record in 2018.
 
MSU had to dig deep in the final set of the day to avoid splitting the doubleheader. Down 7-1 in the fifth set to North Florida, State went on a 7-1 run to tie the set before ultimately taking it, 15-10.
 
"We had to make some in-game adjustments on the tip and the off-speed stuff in the middle of the court," MSU volleyball head coach Julie Darty said. "I was really proud of how we responded in the fifth set. To be down that much at the switch and to make a decision as a team that we were not going to walk out of this gym with a loss next to our name on our home court, I am just so proud of the kids."
 
"I don't think it was one of our best offensive nights, but 19 blocks and 95 digs is really good," Darty said.
 
Sophomore Gabby Waden shined all day, but she exploded in the night cap. After collecting 10 kills and a .588 hitting percentage against Jackson State, Waden picked up 24 Thursday night on a .409 hitting mark.
 
"What a night for Gabby Waden," Darty said. "I think she carried the load offensively. It's hard to say that we were trying to equally distribute the ball when Gabby Waden was just on fire. I thought Alleah Stamatis did a nice job of finding the hot hand and just feeding her. If they can't stop her, let's just keep going."
 
Fellow sophomore Deja Robinson collected 11 blocks against North Florida, a career-high and the most by a Bulldog since Jazmyne Johnson earned the same amount against Alabama in 2016. Robinson is also the last Bulldog, before Waden, to earn 20-plus kills in a match, having done so versus Davidson last season.
 
Stamatis currently leads the SEC after picking up her sixth double-double of the season with an MSU-career-high 45 assists and 19 digs.
 
Match One | Mississippi State 3, Jackson State 0
 
After Thursday, State still has not lost a single set to Jackson State since 1986.
 
Gabby Waden (10 kills), Amarrah Cooks (7) and Alleah Stamatis (7) combined for 24 kills on 42 attempts without error for a .571 combined hitting percentage. As a team, MSU hit at a .375 mark, its best all season.
 
First Set (Mississippi State 25, Jackson State 7)
 
State cruised to an 18-point first-set win over the Tigers. The Bulldogs jumped out to a 7-1 lead to start and never looked back. Sophomore Paige Shaw opened the match with six kills in the first set.
 
Second Set (Mississippi State 25, Jackson State 18)
 
After Jackson State opened the set with the first two points, State replied with six of its own. The Tigers came within two, but State held its ground for another convincing set victory.
 
Third Set (Mississippi State 25, Jackson State 16)
 
State jumped out to an early 3-0 set lead, but the Bulldogs didn't run away with the final set immediately. A 4-0 JSU run got the Tigers within one at 11-10, but the MSU maintained its lead. Up 12-11, Waden put down back-to-back kills and State closed from there.

Match Two | Mississippi State 3, North Florida 2
 
Despite losing the first set and falling 7-1 to start the fifth set, Mississippi State grinded its way to its 10th win of the 2019 season.
 
Waden's 24 kills, Robinson's 11 blocks and Stamatis' double-double highlighted the stat sheet for MSU.
 
First Set (North Florida 25, Mississippi State 17)
 
State took a 9-8 lead and a 13-12 lead but was never able to build on them as the Ospreys opened the match with an emphatic first set performance.

Second Set (Mississippi State 25, North Florida 17)
 
The Dawgs responded well with a 3-0 run that turned into an 11-1 lead after four-straight blocks put points on the board for the Bulldogs. UNF couldn't recover, and State tied the match at one apiece.

Third Set (Mississippi State 30, North Florida 28)
 
North Florida had set point at 24-21 before a 4-0 run turned the tables and put State in position to go up 2-1. The two team traded points until consecutive Osprey attacking errors gave MSU victory, in a thrilling 30-28 finish.
 
Fourth Set (North Florida 26, Mississippi State 24)
 
With UNF up 24-23, State once again tied the frame with set point looming. However, UNF's Taryn Griffey put together a kill and a block to send the match to five sets.
 
Fifth Set (Mississippi State 15, North Florida 10)
 
State rallied a 7-1 scoring run to tie the match at 8-8. UNF once again took the lead, 9-8, but four-straight MSU points behind it gave the Bulldogs a 12-9 advantage. State held the Ospreys from there, and won the set 15-10 to take the match.
 
Up Next
The Hail State Invitational concludes Friday at State takes on UAB at 5 p.m. CT at the Newell-Grissom Building.
 
For more information on the Bulldogs, follow the program on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram by searching @HailStateVB.
 
Hail State Invitational
Thursday, September 19
Match One | UAB 3, North Florida 0
Match Two | Mississippi State 3, Jackson State 0
Match Three | UAB 3, Jackson State 1
Match Four | Mississippi State 3, North Florida 2
 
Friday, September 20
Match Five | Jackson State vs. North Florida | 11 a.m. CT
Match Six | UAB at Mississippi State | 5 p.m. CT

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MaKayla Waldner

by Brian Ogden, Assistant Coordinator/Communications

STARKVILLE – 
Mississippi State soccer fell to the No. 15/13 Texas A&M Aggies, 3-0, on Thursday night in the Bulldogs' conference opener. With the loss, MSU falls to 5-4-0 on the year with its only losses coming to ranked opponents.
 
The Bulldogs played a very even first half, with both teams putting just two shots on target. State had won three corners without allowing one, but was being outshot, 9-6.
 
"Really proud of the girls' effort tonight, especially in the first half," head coach James Armstrong said. "Texas A&M is a great team, and I felt that we came out absolutely on fire for the first 30 to 40 minutes. Second half, there wasn't a lot of tactical adjustments made, just talking to the girls about persevering and seizing those moments."
 
To open the second half, the Aggies earned back-to-back corner kicks. Moments later, they nearly opened the scoring. In the 50th minute, Karlina Sample put a shot off the left post, and a pile of Bulldogs came together to block the Aggies' next two attempts off the rebound.
 
In the 56th minute, Texas A&M's leading scorer, Jimena Lopez, dribbled up the left side and prepared to cross the ball into the box. Her service caught the back post and settled inside the net for the Aggies' first goal of the night.
 
"We came out a little bit flat in the second half, losing Kris [Malebranche] early hurt a little bit, but we reorganized," Armstrong said. "Unfortunately, the ball just didn't roll for us tonight, but there are a lot of positive things that we can build on."
 
Texas A&M's Ally Watt scored in the 67th minute, and Taylor Ziemer added a third goal in the 71st. Ziemer made a run to the back post and tapped home a pass from Lopez to result in the final score.
 
The Bulldogs had chances to find the net. In the 15th minute, MaKayla Waldner put a header on target that was touched over the bar by the Aggie keeper. In the 20th, Monigo Karnley headed the ball to Waldner at the penalty spot, but her attempted volley sailed high.
 
"We had a lot of balls in the box, particularly in the first half that we were nearly on the end of," Armstrong said. "They were probably our best chances of the game. We've just got to make sure we put the ball in the back of the net a little more efficiently than we're doing right now."
 
MSU finished the match with 10 shots, five of which were on goal. Gabby English made an MSU-career-high six saves.
 
State will take a week off before hosting Ole Miss for the 25th installment of the Magnolia Cup. The two programs will meet in a nationally-televised match on Thursday, Sept. 26 at 6 p.m. CT on SEC Network.
 
In the second half, Hailey Farrington-Bentil made a long run with the ball up the right side on the counter-attack before passing the ball to Karnley in the box. Karnley turned and fired a shot, but the ball was blocked for a corner.
 
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Gio celebration

by Graham Murphree, Student Assistant/Communications

STARKVILLE - 
The time has come for four more Bulldogs to kick the dust off their tournament shoes and bags and begin their fall season campaign by representing Mississippi State in tennis action this weekend.

A pair of Bulldogs will start their 2019 fall competition in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, at the 44th Milwaukee Tennis Classic: Giovanni Oradini and Nicolas Ocana.

The tournament, which runs from Sept. 20-23 at the Western Racquet Club, is a double-elimination tournament featuring top-level collegiate talent. The winner of the singles draw will earn a wildcard entry into the ITA's Fall National Championships.

The senior All-American Oradini, currently ranked 24th nationally, received the No. 2 seed in the tournament. He will face William Kirkman of Arizona State Friday no earlier than 9:30 a.m. CT. At the same time, the true freshman Ocana will take the court for his first match on the collegiate level. He will take court against the tournament's top seed in Illinois' 79th-ranked Zeke Clark.

The tournament will also feature a doubles draw. Ocana and Oradini, the No. 7 seed this weekend, will open play at 8 a.m. CT Friday, battling Wisconsin's tandem of Lenard Soha and Jared Pratt.

In addition to the State pair in Wisconsin, another rookie/veteran duo will be opening their fall slates 901 miles away in Cary, North Carolina, at the Duke Bonk Invitational. 2018 ITA Southern Region Rookie of the Year Florian Broska and Bulldog freshman Davide Tortora will compete in the three-day event, being held at Cary Tennis Park.

Broska and Tortora will open weekend action as the No. 1 seed in the Black draw (while playing doubles together for the first time ever), where they will take on Cole Brainard and Collin Thomson of UNC Charlotte at 9 a.m. ET Friday morning. A second round of doubles will follow at 10 a.m.

In singles, the true freshman Tortora opens as the top seed in the White draw. There he will face Virginia Tech's Brandon Perez at 2 p.m. ET Friday afternoon.

Broska will compete in the Blue draw. He will also see his first singles competition at 2 p.m. Friday, meeting Chase Burton of Liberty.

Up Next for MSU…

After returning from the two tournaments this weekend, the Bulldogs will prepare for one of the biggest and top tier tournaments of the year—the ITA All-American Championships in Tulsa, Oklahoma featuring some of the best student athletes in the nation. The bulldogs will also prepare for the Georgia Tech Invite in Atlanta, Georgia.

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MSU Women's tennis opens their fall slate at the Debbie Southern Fall Classic

by Mikaela Elizondo, Graduate Assistant/Communications

GREENVILLE, S.C. – 
The Mississippi State women's tennis team opens its 2019 fall campaign this weekend in Greenville, South Carolina, at the Debbie Southern Fall Classic on Sept. 20-22.
 
The tournament, hosted by Furman, will be held at the Mickel Tennis Center. In addition to Furman, 11 teams will also join the Bulldogs in action, including Clemson, Duke, Florida State, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Ohio State, Texas and Wake Forest along with SEC foes South Carolina, Tennessee and Vanderbilt. All 13 teams appearing this weekend were ranked among the top 65 in last year's final ITA team rankings.
 
"We are extremely excited to kick off the fall season this weekend," head coach Daryl Greenan said. "Our Bulldogs have been training hard, and they are looking forward to testing themselves against a strong field. It has traditionally been a high-level event, and this year is more packed than ever. We have a couple of new girls who will be playing their first ever college matches, so it will be interesting to see how they respond."
 
MSU's roster features one senior in Sara Lizariturry, who held a 16-13 singles record last year. Lizariturry also posted a stellar 16-2 doubles mark alongside Janina Braun and a team-best 7-2 record in SEC play. 
 
Magda Adaloglou, Emma Antonaki, Tamara Racine and Meredith Roberts also return for Mississippi State this season.
 
A year ago, Adaloglou and Antonaki posted 18-18 and 25-13 singles records, respectively. Adaloglou was 17-13 overall in doubles alongside Racine. Antonaki's rookie resume featured a team-high 17 singles wins in dual match play, all at the top two spots in the lineup, and a trip to the NCAA Singles Championship to end the year.
 
Racine posted an 11-11 record in her first season as a Bulldog at the No. 4 spot in the lineup, highlighted by clinching State's first-ever victory over Florida. As a duo, Adaloglou and Racine clinched five doubles points and were ranked 50th nationally at the end of the season. Roberts posted an 8-10 record in singles in her sophomore campaign.
 
Marta Falceto, Alexandra Mikhailuk and Valeria Nikolaev will make their debuts in the Maroon and White this season.
 
Falceto comes to Starkville from Zaragoza, Spain, where she was the No. 2 junior under 16 in Spain and the 44th-ranked Spanish woman overall in 2017. Mikhailuk is a highly decorated Ontario, Canada, product. She finished top three in U16 Canadian singles and second in doubles in 2017.
 
Nikolaev, who redshirted her first year on campus, was a finalist in both the ITF Junior singles and doubles championships before coming to State. She will not compete this weekend due to injury.
 
The Bulldogs are set to start play with doubles this weekend at 9 a.m. ET on Friday. Adaloglou and Racine – ranked 14thnationally entering 2019-20 - will pair for MSU in Flight 1, Antonaki and Mikhailuk in Flight 3 and Falceto and Lizariturry in Flight 4. 
 
State will then wrap up the day with singles action starting at 12 p.m. ET. Antonaki, ranked 41st in the country, is set to compete in Flight 1 for the Bulldogs, Adaloglou (ranked 115th) in Flight 3, Mikhailuk in Flight 4, Racine in Flight 6, Falceto in Flight 8, Lizariturry in Flight 9 and Roberts in Flight 10. Play will continue on Saturday and Sunday.
 
For more information on Mississippi State women's tennis team, visit HailState.com and follow "HailStateWT" on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.
 
Debbie Southern Fall Classic Schedule
All Times ET



Doubles Round One (begins at 9 a.m.)
Magda Adaloglou/Tamara Racine (MSU) vs. Chloe Beck/Meible Chi (Duke)
Emma Antonaki/Alexandra Mikhailuk (MSU) vs. Saby Nihalani/Anna Brylin (Wake Forest)
Marta Falceto/Sara Lizariturry (MSU) vs. Nami Otsuka/Gia Cohen (Georgia Tech)
Mary Hunter Hyche (Furman)/Dasha Kourkina (Vanderbilt) vs. Meredith Roberts (MSU)/Gabby Cusano (Texas)
 
Doubles Round Two (begins at 10:15 a.m.)
Main Draw & Consolation
 
Singles Round One (begins at 12:00 p.m.)
Emma Antonaki (MSU) vs. Kenya Jones (Georgia Tech)
Magda Adaloglou (MSU) vs. Allie Sanford (North Carolina)
Alexandra Mikhailuk (MSU) vs. Anika Yarlagadda (North Carolina)
Tamara Racine (MSU) vs. Joanna Silva (Tennessee)
Marta Falceto (MSU) vs. Andrea Garcia (Florida State)
Sara Lizariturry (MSU) vs. MC Meredith (Wake Forest)
Meredith Roberts (MSU) vs. Ema Lazic (Duke)

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AK Ward

by Brian Ogden, Assistant Coordinator/Communications

STARKVILLE – 
Mississippi State soccer will look to make history when the Bulldogs open conference play on Thursday against No. 15/13 Texas A&M at 7 p.m. CT on SEC Network .
 
The Aggies are the only SEC team that MSU has never beaten. State is also looking to start league play with a win for just the third time in program history and the first time since 2002 when the Bulldogs defeated Arkansas, 3-0.
 
"Texas A&M is one of the most-established programs in the country," head coach James Armstrong said. "In the preseason SEC coaches' poll, they were predicted to finish first. They're always going to be a formidable opponent, but one that we're looking forward to playing. We feel like we can play really hard on our home field in front of our fans, and we're excited about it. You've got to play them, so why not open up with them?"
 
Fans in attendance will receive free pizza, and those that bring their cowbells will be entered to win two tickets to Saturday's football game against Kentucky. Additionally, dog bones will be hidden across the Drill Field on Thursday morning that students can redeem for prizes at the evening's match.
 
The last time a top-25 team visited Starkville, the Bulldogs knocked off then-No. 13/6 South Carolina in double overtime in front of a school-record crowd thanks to a strike from Zakirah McGillivary. McGillivary scored a third of State's goals in conference play last year, including each of the Bulldog's game-winners against SEC opponents.
 
MSU's defense is currently holding opponents to just 10 shots per game this year, a pace that would be a school record, while averaging just 3.8 fouls per game over the last four matches. The back line will be put to the test against the Aggies, however.
 
Texas A&M has fired 137 shots this year, which ranks fourth in the SEC. The Aggies have put 42.3 percent of those attempts on frame and average 2.00 goals per game, but a common opponent managed to shut them down.
 
Both teams have lost to undefeated No. 7/7 BYU this year, but the Bulldogs remain the only team to have scored against the Cougars in 2019. State's only losses this year have come to ranked teams, and those teams have just one loss combined between them.
 
MSU is off on Sunday but returns to action next week for the 25th installment of the Magnolia Cup against Ole Miss. The Bulldogs and Rebels will kick off on SEC Network at 6 p.m. CT on Thursday, Sept. 26.
 
Game Information
Opponent: Texas A&M
Location: Starkville, Mississippi
Time: Thursday 7 p.m. CT
Broadcast: SEC Network (PxP – Anthony Craven; Analyst – Chris Nasuti)
 
Series History
Overall: 0-7-0
At MSU: 0-4-0
At TAMU: 0-3-0
Neutral Sites: 0-0-0
Last Meeting: Oct. 12, 2018 (MSU 1 at TAMU 2)
 
Fast Facts
  • MSU picked up 36 fouls on its two-game non-conference road trip, but without those games the Bulldogs would be averaging just 4.1 fouls per game and have the lowest mark in the SEC.
  • Zakirah McGillivary led the way in conference play last year, scoring a third of the Bulldogs' goals in SEC matches, including all of their game-winning goals in the league.
  • Hailey Farrington-Bentil, Monigo Karnley, Sam Stiglmair and Andrea Tyrrell have all scored their first career goals this year.
  • The Bulldogs are holding opponents to just 10.0 shots per game this year, which is lower than last year's school record of 11.5. MSU has held five opponents below their season average this year.
  • MSU will once again be one of the youngest teams in the SEC. The Bulldogs enter the season with 13 freshman, which is tied for second in the league with Tennessee. Kentucky leads with 14.
  • A win would mark just the third time MSU has started SEC play 1-0-0 and the first since State won, 3-0, against Arkansas in 2002. The only other time the Bulldogs did so came with a 1-0 victory at LSU in 1997. MSU has never beaten a ranked team to open league play.
  • State has played 24 players this year with 15 different starters. Six players have started every match. In their first eight matches, the Bulldogs have used seven different starting lineup combinations.
 
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