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.