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STARKVILLE, Miss. Joel Iyiegbuniwe Jersey . - Heart and grit are the staples of Bulldog volleyball. On Friday night in front of a raucous crowd of 1,409 at Newell-Grissom, the Mississippi State Bulldogs fought to the end but dropped a 3-0 decision to the No. 5 Kansas Jayhawks.Evie Grace Singleton paced the Bulldogs with 8 kills, while Jelena Vujcin and Chelsea Duhs each turned in 7 on the night. The setting duo of Blossom Sato and Riley Duzenack turned in 14 and 13 assists, respectively, while Bali Leffall-Young paced State with 4 blocks.I cannot say enough how proud I am of this team and the fight they showed tonight, MSU head coach David McFatrich said. We preach heart, soul and grit with Bulldog volleyball and they gave it their all against a very good Kansas team. We wish the result was different, but this is only the first match. We have a long way to go and Im confident that this team is going to do great things.The 1,409 fans that packed The Griss on Friday stands as the third-largest crowd in program history and is the highest opening day total at Newell-Grissom since 2011.Our fans were amazing and I cannot thank them enough for showing up and being as electric as they were, McFatrich said. Ive always said that The Griss is the best place in America to play collegiate volleyball and that really rings true when our fans pack this place out.After the Bulldogs grabbed several early leads, Kansas pushed out to as much as a five-point lead in the first set. MSU would not relent, eventually coming back to within one, down 20-19. A pair of kills from Vujcin would keep the Dogs close and bring the Griss crowd to its feet, but Kansas pulled away and survived the first frame, 25-22.A number of errors plagued State early on, but once again the toughness of Bulldog volleyball shined through. MSU would fight back after being down several early four-point deficits, tying it up at 11-11 and again at 12-12. State would hang tough once again, but could not jump out in front, as the Jayhawks took a two-set lead with a 25-20 victory.Friday nights third set was a grinding battle early on, but a 7-1 Kansas run put the Jayhawks out in front. The Bulldogs would attempt several runs, but could not complete the comeback and dropped the final set 25-17 to close out the match.We seemed to shine across the board tonight, but there are still some areas we have to improve in. Bottom line is we have two matches tomorrow against good squads and thats where our focus is right now. Were excited to get back out there.State returns tomorrow at noon CT against the Lamar Cardinals, who dropped a straight-sets decision to the Eastern Washington Eagles. MSU will cap off the day with a 7 p.m., showdown against the Eagles. Both matches will be broadcast on SEC Network +. Eddie Jackson Jersey . 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July 2: After four months of intensive training with trainer Lawney Hill, eventing guru Yogi Breisner and former event rider Chris King, Pendleton makes her racecourse bow when finishing eighth on Mighty Mambo in the George Frewer Charity Race at Newbury.August 26: Pendleton is granted an amateur riders licence by the British Horseracing Authority.August 31: Pendleton takes her first mount as a fully-fledged amateur rider, finishing second, beaten just a head, aboard Royal Etiquette at Ripon. Champion trainer Paul Nicholls says Victoria Pendleton has improved and is ready to ride Pacha Du Polder in the Foxhunters Chase at the Cheltenham Festival September 22: Pendleton once again teams up with Royal Etiquette at Beverley but the duo finish only 13th of the 16 runners.October 1: According To Sarah and Sedgemoor Express nominated as Pendletons intended mounts during the point-to-point season.October 24: Pendleton escapes injury as she is unseated by Satanic Beat in a lady amateur riders race at Newbury.November 29: Pendleton makes her point-to-point debut at Black Forest Lodge in Devon, where she pulls up Minella Theatre two fences from home in a three-mile event.December 6: Pendleton teams up with According To Sarah for her second point-to-point start at Barbury Castle but she fails to complete, pulling up the gelding two fences from home. 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January 18: Pacha Du Polder is announced as Pendletons likely mount for the Foxhunter Chase at Cheltenham, with owner Andy Stewart delighted to have the Olympian on board.January 24: Pendleton completes aboard both According To Sarah and Minella Theatre in two rides at the North Norfolk Harriers meeting in Higham.January 31: Pendleton rides Pacha Du Polder for the first time in public at Milborne St Andrew point-to-point in Dorset, with the duo beaten into second in a photo-finish.February 7: She fails to complete on Working Title at Wadebridge point-to-point, taking an early lead before losing a lot of ground when the horse virtually pulled himself up.February 10: Fakenham is confirmed as the intended venue of Pendletons first hunter chase outing aboard Pacha Du Polder.February 13: Pendleton finishes fourth aboard According To Sarah in a ladies open event at Cottenham point-to-point in Cambridgeshire.February 14: Pendleton emerges unscathed after being unseated by Working Title in a novice riders contest at Barbury Castle.February 18: Pacha Du Polder declared for the Betfair Switching Saddles Grassroots Fox Hunters Chase at Fakenham, with Pendleton due to face five rivals on her hunter chase debut.February 19: Pendletons first start over regulation fences ends in disappointment and anti-climax as she is unseated at the seventh fence.February 21: Pendleton was swiftly back in the saddle at the Waveney Harriers point-to-point at Higham, making much of the early running before fading to be last of the six finishers.February 27: Horseheath point-to-point in Cambridgeshire was the venue for what was described as a good day at the office following a seventh-placed Pendleton finish on Supreme Danehill.February 28: A trip to Larkhill sees Pendleton finish sixth of 15 on According To Sarah.March 2: Pendleton looks the part on her second start under National Hunt Rules as Pacha Du Polder makes all the running to win as the 5-4 favourite in a race at Wincanton.March 5: Back to earth with a bump for Pendleton as she is unseated from Supreme Danehill in a point-to-point at Kingston Blount.March 7: Confirmation at a press conference in London that Pendleton will ride Pacha Du Polder in the Foxhunter at the Cheltenham Festival.March 17: Pendletons name appears alongside Pacha Du Polder in the 24 runners for the St. James´s Place Foxhunter Chase Challenge. 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