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light the Mis­sis­sippi State men's ten­nis team's mem­bers in the fi­nal sin­gles and dou­bles rank­ings re­leased Wed­nes­day.

Lead­ing the pack for the Bull­dogs is the top-ranked Al­lAmer­i­can dou­bles tan­dem of Nuno Borges and Strahinja Ra­kic, who be­come the first State to fin­ish No. 1 na­tion­ally af­ter a stel­lar sea­son that saw them rise from un­ranked in March to the top spot just be­fore the NCAA Team Cham­pi­onship. Borges and Ra­kic also earned the top seed in the NCAA Dou­bles Cham­pi­onship, be­com­ing the first Bull­dog tan­dem to do so, and reached the quar­ter­fi­nals of the tour­na­ment.

Borges also fin­ished the sea­son in the top five of the sin­gles rank­ings for the sec­ond year in a row. The two-time sin­gles Al­lAmer­i­can re­mained in the top

five of the ITA sin­gles rank­ings all sea­son, reach­ing as high as sec­ond na­tion­ally on mul­ti­ple oc­ca­sions. Borges was once again an in­te­gral part of the MSU lineup, go­ing 27-7 over­all and reach­ing the semi­fi­nals of the NCAA Sin­gles Cham­pi­onship for the sec­ond year in a row.

In ad­di­tion to be­ing ranked No. 1 in dou­bles, All-South­east­ern Con­fer­ence first teamer Ra­kic also fin­ished the sea­son ranked No. 79 af­ter a solid sea­son at the No. 3 sin­gles spot for the Bull­dogs.

Sopho­more Gio­vanni Ora­dini also found him­self ranked in both the sin­gles and dou­bles rank­ings, com­ing in at 15th and 26th re­spec­tively. The Rovereto, Italy, prod­uct earned sin­gles Al­lAmer­i­can sta­tus as an at-large par­tic­i­pant in the NCAA Sin­gles Cham­pi­onship af­ter reach­ing the Round of 16 with a pair of three-set vic­to­ries. Ora­dini led

the Ma­roon and White in sin­gles wins in 2017-18 with 33. Ora­dini also earned All-SEC first team hon­ors af­ter go­ing 17-5 from the No. 2 sin­gles spot in just his sec­ond sea­son on cam­pus.

In dou­bles, Ora­dini teamed up with ju­nior Ni­clas Braun to form one of the most for­mi­da­ble dou­bles tandems in the SEC, go­ing a per­fect 10-0 in league play, and fin­ished the sea­son ranked 26th na­tion­ally—a ca­reer-best for the duo. Braun and Ora­dini dropped just three matches over­all in 2017-18 and won 12 matches in a row to start the spring slate.

Former Mis­sis­sippi State women's golf All-Amer­i­can and cur­rent LPGA mem­ber Ally McDon­ald is set to tee off at the big­gest event in women's golf, the U.S. Women's Open.

This year, the old­est of the LPGA's five ma­jor cham­pi­onships is set to take place at Shoal Creek in Birm­ing­ham, Ala,, to­day through Sun­day and fea­tures a $5 mil­lion purse.

McDon­ald is set to tee off No. 10 at 1:26 p.m.. and is paired with fel­low Amer­i­can Austin Ernst and Ge­or­gia Hall of Eng­land.

McDon­alds' best fin­ish in 2018 came at the Bank of Hope Founders Cup, where the Ful­ton na­tive shot a four-day tally of (-12) 276 and tied for 7th over­all.

To watch former Bull­dog great live, tick­ets are avail­able for sin­gle day en­try and week-long passes to the event. Chil­dren age 18 and un­der re­ceive com­pli­men­tary tick­ets, on any day when ac­com­pa­nied by an adult ticket or cre­den­tial holder.

FS1 will air the event to­day and Fri­day and FOX will air the re­main­der of play.

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