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Bulldogs Finish Excellent First Day At ITA Southern Regionals

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Freshman Romain Bogaerts defeated No. 11 and 2nd seed Andreas Mies of Auburn 6-4, 7-5 in the second round Thursday at the USTA/ITA Southern Regional Championships.
Photo Courtesy of Bill Kallenberg

AUBURN, Ala. - Freshman Romain Bogaerts defied seedings and rankings to earn the biggest win of the day, and certainly the biggest of his young career, as the Mississippi State Bulldogs capped a successful first day at the USTA/ITA Southern Regional Championships.

Bogaerts defeated his first-round opponent, Cody Hall of South Alabama 6-1, 6-2 to start off the day and earn a second-round battle with host Auburn's 11th-ranked and second-seeded Andreas Mies. Bogaerts battled in every point, earning a straight-set upset victory against Mies 6-4, 7-5.

Freshman Stefan Vinti was the other Bulldog in first-round play, routing Troy's Athare Mansingh 6-2, 6-1 to advance to the second round. Vinti then faced Tulane's Adam Bernstein and found victory again, winning 6-0, 6-1.

State's highest-seeded players in fourth-seeded and 41st-ranekd James Chaudry and fifth-seeded and 47th-ranked Malte Stropp found similar success, both gaining straight-set victories in the second round after first-round byes. Chaudry won against Troy's Sami Ghorbel 6-3, 6-1. Stropp cruised against SEC foe Zack Wilder of Ole Miss 6-2, 6-0.

Bulldogs Jordan Angus and Pedro Dumont were another pair to find success after earning byes. Angus defeated South Alabama's Shaynne Vaezzadeh 5-7, 6-2, 6-0 in a nice comeback while Dumont defeated Tulane's Cedric Rutsaert 6-2, 6-4.

Wrapping up singles play for the day, junior Zach White dropped his match to Auburn's Lukas Ollert 7-6(1), 6-1 in the second round, while senior Ethan Wilkinson fell to 12th-seeded Jarryd Botha of Alabama 6-3, 6-3. Wilkinson will participate in consolation play Friday, receiving a first-round bye.

In the sole doubles match of the day for the Bulldogs, White and Wilkinson were victorious as they teamed up to defeat Tulane's Tom Puetz and Rafael Rondino 8-4 in the opening round.

Angus, Chaudry, Stropp and Vinti will start the day for the Bulldogs Friday, all scheduled to start at 8:30 a.m. CT. Angus will face Alabama's No. 59/8th-seeded Daniil Proskura, Chaudry will battle Tulane's Alex Van Cott, Stropp faces Lucian Gheorghe of Auburn, and Vinti matches up against fifth-ranked and the tournament's No. 1 seed Nik Scholtz of Ole Miss.

Bogaerts and Dumont are scheduled to start at 9:30 a.m., with Bogaerts facing Southern Mississippi's Matt Frost and Dumont facing Samford's Fares Kilani.

In doubles action, all four doubles tandems will see the court, with play scheduled to start at 4 p.m. The No. 41-ranked and second-seeded State duo of Angus and Stropp will face Tulane's Rodrigo Rappaccioli and Dominik Koepfer. Bogaerts and Dumont will match-up against Southern Mississippi's Matt Frost and Andrew Goodwin, while Chaudry and Vinti will battle Samford's Fares Kilani and Austin Akers. White and Wilkinson will face the fourth-seeded Ole Miss duo of Johan Backstrom and William Kallburg.

In singles play, all participants will need two wins Friday to advance to Saturday's quarterfinals. In doubles, teams will only need one victory to advance to round of 16 play Saturday.

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MSU Results At The USTA/ITA Southern Regional Championships
October 18, 2012 - Auburn, Ala.

Singles - Main Draw

First Round - Romain Bogaerts (MSU) def. Cody Hall (South Alabama) 6-1, 6-2; Stefan Vinti (MSU) def. Athare Mansingh (Troy) 6-2, 6-1.

Second Round - Jordan Angus (MSU) def. Shaynne Vaezzadeh (South Alabama) 5-7, 6-2, 6-0; Bogaerts (MSU) def. No. 11 Andreas Mies (Auburn) 6-4, 7-5; No. 41 James Chaudry (MSU) def. Sami Ghorbel (Troy) 6-3, 6-1; Pedro Dumont (MSU) def. Cedric Rutsaert (Tulane) 6-2, 6-4; No. 47 Malte Stropp def. Zack Wilder (Ole Miss) 6-2, 6-0; Vinti def. Adam Bernstein (Tulane) 6-0, 6-1; Lukas Ollert (Auburn) def. Zach White (MSU) 7-6(1), 6-1; Jarryd Botha (Alabama) def. Ethan Wilkinson (MSU) 6-3, 6-3.

Doubles - Main Draw

First Round - Zach White/Ethan Wilkinson def. Tom Puetz/Rafael Rondino (Alabama-Birmingham) 8-4


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