STARKVILLE, Miss. - Evie Grace Singleton finished her Bulldog career the way she started it on Aug. 28, 2015. Leading the Bulldogs to victory.
Behind the impressive play of seniors Singleton and Jazmyne Johnson, the Mississippi State Bulldogs (14-18, 6-12) won back-to-back senior days for the first time since 2005-06, defeating the Georgia Bulldogs (13-18, 1-17), 3-1 (25-22, 25-22, 22-25, 25-14).
Singleton's 21 kills closed out her final season with 499 kills, the second-highest total in program history. Johnson starred on the defensive side of the ball, tallying her 13th match this season with at least five blocks, as her 8 total closed her career at 136, the fourth-most in school history.
"I cannot say enough about how proud I am of this team for going out there and getting this win today. Our goal was to send our seniors out on a high note and we did just that," McFatrich said. "From Evie to Jaz to everyone in between, we played a solid match from the very beginning. I know this season did not go exactly how we wanted it to, but we ended with a win, sent the seniors out on top and created some momentum heading into the offseason."
Senior day opened with MSU winning a tight first set, 25-22. Singleton had a set-high six kills while Johnson, Emily Hill and Jelena Vujcin each had a block to put the home-standing Bulldogs over the top.
MSU went in the locker room up 2-0 after winning the second set by another score of 25-22. Singleton added five kills and two blocks to Hill's set-high six kills. Johnson was again a force at the net with two more denials. MSU totaled four aces in the set with one each coming from Singleton, Hill, Cheyenne Spell and Riley Duzenack.
The Maroon and White Bulldogs came out of the locker room red hot, jumping out to a 7-1 lead. However, Georgia would fight back and eventually cut MSU's lead to 2-1, taking the third frame by a score of 25-22. Singleton and Hill continued to deal on the offensive end, both tallying five kills.
To finish off the season, MSU opened the fourth and final set on a 13-3 run and never looked back, winning 25-14. Johnson had five total blocks to secure the MSU win. Senior Chelsea Duhs landed three kills in her final set as a Bulldog to add to Singleton's five and Hill's four.
Behind Singleton was Hill's 20 kills, her second-straight match with 20 kills and third of the season. Blossom Sato tallied her second 50-assist contest in as many matches, closing out her sophomore season with a career-best 968 assists. That total is the most by a Bulldog since Suzanne Horner earned 978 in 2013.
MSU starred from the service line yet again this season, tallying its fifth match of the year with at least nine aces. Singleton's trio of aces led the way, while Duzenack and Spell each tallied two.