Tennis Falls in ITA Kickoff Opener at MSU
STARKVILLE, Miss. - The No. 25 LSU (1-1) men's tennis team dropped their first match up the season 7-0 on Saturday against No. 11 Mississippi State (3-0) in the first round of the ITA Kick-Off Classic at Starkville, Miss.
"We played a very good team that played very well at their home court," head coach Jeff Brown said. "They used the crowd energy and played at a very high level."
The Bulldogs got off to a quick start in doubles. The No. 28 duo of Jordan Angus and Malte Stropp for Mississippi State quickly defeated the No. 33 pair of LSU's Chris Simpson and Stefan Szacinski 8-0 on court one.
Over on court two, LSU's pair of Roger Anderson and Tam Trinh kept it close against the Bulldogs' Zach White and Ethan Wilkinson early but White and Wilkinson pulled away and won the set 8-5, effectively clinching the doubles point for the Bulldogs to give them a 1-0 lead.
Mississippi State also got off to a quick start in singles, winning the first set in all six matches.
No. 25 Bogaerts was able to secure Mississippi State's first singles point on court one, defeating LSU's Borsos 6-1, 6-2.
On court four, Angus for the Bulldogs bested LSU's Trinh 6-0, 6-3, increasing the Bulldogs' lead to 3-0. Soon after, Stefan Vinti for the Bulldogs defeated LSU's Mark Bowtell 6-0, 6-3 on court five, pushing the Bulldogs' lead to 4-0. On court two, Mississippi State's No. 81 Stropp defeated LSU's Simpson 6-3, 6-4.
To close out the singles matches, Mississippi State's Dumont beat LSU's Anderson 7-6(4) in the first set, and Anderson battled back and won the second set 6-1. Anderson ultimately fell short and lost the third set in a 10-point tiebreak 10-4.
"Ultimately, a loss is a loss," Brown said. "We have to have a short memory and be able to bounce back and be ready for Indiana tomorrow."
LSU will face No. 23 Indiana (1-3) tomorrow at 10 a.m. CT in the consolation match to close out the weekend at the ITA Kick-Off Classic.
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LSU vs. Mississippi State
Jan 26, 2013 at Starkville, Miss.
(A.J. Pitts Tennis Centre)
#25 LSU 0, #11 Mississippi State 7
1. #25 Romain Bogaerts (MSU) def. Olivier Borsos (LSU) 6-1, 6-2
2. #81 Malte Stropp (MSU) def. Chris Simpson (LSU) 6-3, 6-4
3. James Chaudry (MSU) def. Stefan Szacinski (LSU) 6-1, 6-3
4. Jordan Angus (MSU) def. Tam Trinh (LSU) 6-0, 6-3
5. Stefan Vinti (MSU) def. Mark Bowtell (LSU) 6-0, 6-3
6. Pedro Dumont (MSU) def. Roger Anderson (LSU) 7-6(4), 1-6, 1-0(4)
1. #28 Jordan Angus/Malte Stropp (MSU) def. #33 Chris Simpson/Stefan Szacinski (LSU) 8-0
2. Zach White/Ethan Wilkinson (MSU) def. Roger Anderson/Tam Trinh 8-5
3. Romain Bogaerts/Pedro Dumont (MSU) vs. Boris Arias/Olivier Borsos (LSU) 7-4, unfinished
LSU 1-1; National ranking #25
Mississippi State 3-0; National ranking #11
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (1,4,5,2,3,6)
With the win, the No. 11 Mississippi State Bulldogs will advance to play the No. 21 Auburn Tigers Sunday at 1 p.m. in the championship match. Winner will advance to Seattle, Wash., to compete in the ITA National Team Indoor Championships.
The No. 25 LSU Tigers will face the No. 23 Indiana Hoosiers in Sunday's consolation match, starting at 10 a.m.