Starkville Daily News



Men’s Tennis

Fresh off a top 15 victory over Auburn on Thursday, No. 18 Mississipp­i State men's tennis returns to action in a Saturday doublehead­er against No. 39 Texas A&M and Belmont.

The Bulldogs open the day against the Aggies at noon and are set to close out the afternoon against the Bruins at 4 at the A.J. Pitts Tennis Centre.

MSU (13-2, 2-1 SEC) is coming off a 4-3 victory over 15thranked Auburn marking the Bulldogs' third top 20 win of the year. Matt Roberts' squad is 11-0 at home this season and has won a dozen straight non-conference matches in Starkville dating back to last season.

The next home victory will mark the 100th of Roberts' career. He has compiled an impressive 99-19 home record during his nine seasons as State's head coach.

The Bulldogs' lineup is headlined by No. 89 Carles Hernandez, who has won seven straight matches and 12 of his 13 singles matches this spring. Hernandez leads the team with an 18-3 overall record for the year.

No. 125 Nemanja Malesevic clinched Thursday's win over Auburn and tops Mississipp­i State with four clinches and five victories over ranked opponents this season. Hernandez and Malesevic also make up the nation's 26th-ranked doubles tandem.

The Bulldogs will look to turn things around against Texas A&M. The Aggies have won the last three meetings in the series, including a 5-2 win in College Station last spring.

Texas A&M enters the weekend with a 6-7 overall record and is 1-2 in conference play. The Aggies are winless in five road matches this year and coming off a 5-2 loss at ninth-ranked Georgia on Thursday.

Texas A&M features four ranked competitor­s in its singles lineup in Noah Schachter (31), Raphael Perot (66), Pierce Rollins (100) and Trey Hilderbran­d (109).

Hernandez had two wins over members of the Aggies' roster in 2021 defeating Rollins 7-5, 6-4 during the regular season and also downed Hilderbran­d 7-6(6), 3-6, 6-2 in the second round of the NCAA Championsh­ips in Orlando, Florida while Hilderbran­d was playing at Central Florida.

Malesevic also earned a 6-4, 7-6(3) win over Perot in College Station last year.

The meeting will be the first between the Bulldogs and Bruins.

Women’s Golf

COLUMBUS, Ga. – The Haskins Foundation announced Julia Lopez Ramirez to the ANNIKA Award Watch List on Thursday via Golfweek and Golf Channel. Lopez Ramirez became the third Bulldog to be placed on the watch list last year, joining Jessica Peng and Ally Mcdonald in 2015. Lopez Ramirez is the first to be selected to the list in back-to-back seasons in Mississipp­i State Women's Golf history.

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