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14th-ranked MSU squares off against No. 46 TCU in their home opener on Friday.
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#14 Bulldog Tennis Hosts #46 TCU In 2012 Home Opener

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February 02, 2012

STARKVILLE, Miss. - After three weekends on the road, Mississippi State's 14th-ranked men's tennis squad returns to Starkville where the Bulldogs will take on the 46th-ranked Horned Frogs of TCU on Friday at 2 p.m. CT.

The match will be played the A.J. Pitts Tennis Centre on the campus of Mississippi State University. If inclement weather is present, the match may be moved indoors to the McCarthy Gym.

MSU is 4-2 coming into the contest, while TCU is 1-2. With their last meeting decided 4-0 in favor of MSU last season in Fort Worth, Texas, the series between the two schools is at an even 2-2 slate.

The Bulldogs are led by a set of seniors including 32nd-ranked George Coupland, No. 45 Louis Cant and Artem Ilyushin. Cant is now on a 6-0 run to start the season while Coupland has dropped just one match in his six-match slate.

MSU's 79th-ranked James Chaudry and Ethan Wilkinson are the two juniors on the squad who have won two-straight doubles matches paired together.

Sophomores Zach White and No. 90 Malte Stropp will also assist the Bulldogs this weekend against the Horned Frogs, joined by redshirt freshman Trey Seymour.

In home openers, the Bulldogs are 4-0 under head coach Per Nilsson and have won eight-straight home starters dating back to February of 2004.

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