Cross Coun­try

Starkville Daily News - - SCORECARD -

MONTEVALLO, Ala. — Talk about com­plete dom­i­na­tion. In the se­cond cross coun­try meet of the year, Mis­sis­sippi State won both the men's and women's events, while also claim­ing both medal­ist hon­ors. It's also the se­cond win of the year for the No 24-ranked women.

Shan­non Fair, com­pet­ing for the first time this sea­son, won with a time of 21:31.44 in the 6K, while Aaron Phelps was first in the men's 8K at 26:02.89.

“Ob­vi­ously with the sweep, I'm very pleased with the out­come, but we also did a lot of the lit­tle things I was look­ing for, and we ran as a team,” MSU coach Hous­ton Franks said. “It was a good day, and I thought we im­proved from the first meet. For Shan­non, she came out strong and found her pace. Aaron also had been train­ing ex­tremely well, and it paid off for him (Satur­day). Over­all, it was a solid day for us.”

In all, the women placed six in the Top 10, while claim­ing the top three po­si­tions.

Stephanie Peter­son fin­ished se­cond for the sec­ond­straight week at 21:55.08, while Kristy Perp was third at 22:29.52.

At sixth was Kather­ine Bad­ham (23:03.64), fol­lowed by Au­drey Ho­niotes (23.11.48) and Emma Tucker (23:16.43) at sev­enth and eighth, re­spec­tively.

Like­wise, the men were just as dom­i­nate with five turn­ing in Top 10 per­for­mances.

Be­hind Phelps was Stephen Jones (26:12.46) at se­cond. John Dal­ton Rohr ran 26:43.11 to place fifth, while Luke Zacharias and JT Mackay fin­ished sev­enth and eighth at 26:48.56 and 26:54.03, re­spec­tively.

“Our young guys stepped up and maybe even ex­ceeded my ex­pec­ta­tions,” Franks said.

MSU is back in ac­tion two weeks at the Paul Short In­vi­ta­tional in Al­len­town, Pa.

Volleyball

In the fi­nal tune-up be­fore South­east­ern Con­fer­ence play, Mis­sis­sippi State fin­ished the Ma­roon Clas­sic Satur­day af­ter­noon with a sweep against South­east­ern Louisiana.

Head­ing into con­fer­ence play Fri­day against South Carolina, the Bull­dogs stand at 9-6 af­ter dom­i­nat­ing the Lady Li­ons 25-22,25-18, 25-16.

“Our mantra is to get bet­ter ev­ery day in the gym and start hit­ting on all cylin­ders,” MSU third-year coach David McFa­trich said. “Ev­ery player on this team has done great things. What we must do now is do it in the same set and the same match. Now we're en­ter­ing league play and it's about to get tougher. We have im­proved a lot, but now I will be look­ing for con­tin­ual im­prove­ment.”

A col­lab­o­ra­tive team ef­fort went into this vic­tory. Set one fea­tured a back-and-forth com­pe­ti­tion as the two stayed within three points the en­tire set. Se­nior Je­lena Vu­jcin's ser­vice ace gave the Bull­dogs the point it needed to win 2522. The Ser­bian stand­out also had seven kills and 7.0 points dur­ing the set.

Sets two and three were sim­i­lar in na­ture, as MSU found its groove and cap­i­tal­ized on South­east­ern Louisiana's mis­takes. Vu­jcin and Laura Rose Gray led the team in kills dur­ing the se­cond set, help­ing propel the Bull­dogs against the Lady Li­ons 24-18.

Set three was dom­i­nat­ing for MSU. Khris­tian Carr pro­duced four kills and 5.5 points. A ser­vice ace from Pay­ton Har­ris ended the game as the Bull­dogs won 25-16.

On Fri­day, MSU wel­comes South Carolina to Starkville to kick off the first week­end of SEC con­fer­ence play. First serve is set for 7 p.m.

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