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  Florent Girod
School: Mississippi State University
Year: Senior
Home Town: Belfort, France
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High School: Lycee Jules Haag
Height: 6-1
Weight: 175 lbs.
Birth Date: Friday, June 15, 1984
Dominant Hand: Right
Major: Journalism
Singles Record: 57-60
Doubles Record: 41-68
Comes from MSU’s long line of French talents...Has steadily improved in his first three years as a Bulldog...Has solid career singles records in both dual matches (34-25) and in the SEC (19-14)...Good counterpuncher who can adjust to any style of game.

2005-06 (Senior):
Ranked 37th nationally in doubles with Jose-Carlos Pinto during the term.

FALL - Finished the 2005 fall season with a 5-6 singles record...Went 3-1 at the Hibernia Tennis Classic, reaching the Flight B finals...Went 1-1 at the Southern Intercollegiate Championships in (Athens, GA)...Was 3-5 in doubles during the semster and reached the Flight A semifinals with partner Pierre Mouillon at the Hibernia event.

2004-05 (Junior):
Finished the year with a team-high 22 victories in singles...Named SEC Player of the Week once...An ITA Scholar-Athlete selection and Academic all-SEC honoree for the second straight year.

FALL - 5-5 during the semester in singles, 0-7 in doubles...Went 2-1 at the Gator Invitational (Gainesville, FL) to open the fall season...Advanced to Division I round of 16 consolation at the Southern Intercollegiate Championships (Athens, GA)...Reached the consolation semifinals at the Crimson Tide Fall Championships (Tuscaloosa, AL) to end the term.

SPRING - Led the team in singles during the spring with a 15-4 dual match record, including an 8-3 mark in the SEC, playing mainly at the #5-6 positions in the lineup...Went 2-0 at the #4 position, 5-2 at #5 and 8-2 at #6...Won 13 straight singles matches to open the spring in dual match play... Finished the season with a 10-17 doubles record...Clinched Mississippi State’s win over Auburn with a 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 victory over Brett Hunter at the #5 position... A winner in all 12 Bulldog team wins in dual match play.

2003-04 (Sophomore):
One of State’s top performers during the year, tying for second on the team in overall victories...Went 16-15 in singles and 15-19 in doubles...Was tied for 32nd nationally in doubles in the preseason rankings with partner Romain Ambert...An ITA Scholar-Athlete selection and Academic all-SEC honoree as well.

FALL - Tallied 3-7 singles and 3-6 doubles mark during the autumn semester...Made the round of 16 of Division II singles at the Southern Intercollegiate Championships (Athens, GA) to open the campaign...Teamed with Romain Ambert to advance to the round of 16 of Division I doubles at that event as well...Would also pair with Ambert for a quarterfinal showing at the ITA Southeast Region Indoor Championships (Memphis, TN) in October.

SPRING - Overcame his sub-par fall season with a very impressive spring campaign...Led MSU in dual match singles victories with a 13-7 record, playing mainly at the #4-5 positions in the lineup...That mark included a team-leading, 7-4 mark in SEC play...Was triumphant in eight of his first nine completed team matches during the term...Was the match-clinching point in the Bulldogs’ successive wins over Tulane, South Alabama and Auburn early in the season...Was a winner in eight of MSU’s nine wins during the year, and held a one-set lead in the only match he did not complete...Was 9-3 at the #2 doubles position with Romain Ambert...The tandem won eight straight matches from Feb. 12 to Mar. 13.

2002-03 (Freshman):
Joined the team in time for the spring semester...Posted identical 7-15 records in singles and doubles during his initial season, the majority coming in State’s team competition.

SPRING - Opened the term with a 1-1 mark at the SEC Indoor Championships (Norcross, GA)...Also teamed with Jerome Le Belicard to reached the round of 16 in doubles at that event...Was in the MSU starting lineup in singles and doubles for every Bulldog match during his rookie campaign...Went 6-14 in both singles and doubles dual match action...Played mostly at the No. 4 and 5 positions in singles, but also saw four contests at the No. 3 spot...Struggled early in the year, but won four of five contests in late March and early April...Five of his 15 losses during the year were in three-set fashion.

Attended Lycee Jules Haag in Besancon, France...Made three semifinals in the under 16 age group in European ITF tournaments...Also claimed the title of his French regional championship.

Florent Girod was born June 15, 1984, in Belfort, France...The son of Michel and Nelly Girod...Likes the talents of pros tennis stars Pete Sampras, Sebastian Grosjean and Arnaud Clement...Enjoys watching sports on television, listening to music and going out with friends in his spare time...Is a journalism major at MSU.