Bogaerts, Two Doubles Teams Into Semis At ITA Southern Regionals

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Freshman Romain Bogaerts defeated No. 58 and 7th-seeded Chris Simpson of LSU to advance to the semis of main draw singles Saturday in Auburn.
Photo Courtesy of Bill Kallenberg

AUBURN, Ala. - Romain Bogaerts headlined another great day from the Bulldog tennis team as Mississippi State advance three into main draw semifinal play Saturday at the USTA/ITA Southern Regional Championships. State advanced one into the singles main draw semifinals and two into the doubles semis.

The rookie Bogaerts upset LSU's 58th-nationally ranked and seventh-seeded Chris Simpson 6-4, 6-2 to advance to the semis of the Auburn-hosted tournament.

In other quarterfinal action, State's No. 47/fifth seed Malte Stropp dropped his match to Alabama's Becker O'Shaughnessey in a tough 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 battle. MSU's Jordan Angus fell to Ole Miss' No. 5-ranked and No. 1 seed Nik Scholtz in another fierce battle 6-7(5), 6-2, 7-5. Bulldog No. 41 James Chaudry, the fourth seed, dropped his match to No. 56 and sixth seed William Kallberg of Ole Miss 6-3, 6-4.

The MSU doubles duo of Chaudry and Stefan Vinti took care of business Saturday, upending LSU's third-seeded duo of Simpson and Stefan Szacinski 8-3 in the round of 16. They followed up by defeating Brian Conlon and Stuart Kenyon of Alabama 8-2 to advance to the semifinals.

Also advancing to the doubles semis was the No. 41-ranked and second-seeded MSU duo of Angus and Stropp, who defeated the UAB tandem of Chris Helliar and Lucas Dirube 8-4 and LSU's eighth-seeded Roger Anderson and Tam Trinh 8-1 in the quarterfinals.

The doubles team of Zach White and Ethan Wilkinson fell to Alabama's duo of Danill Proskura and David Vieyra 8-6 to fall short of a quarterfinals bid.

In consolation singles play, White defeated Tulane's Rodrigo Rappacciolo 6-2, 6-2 to advance into quarterfinal play. There, White overwhelmed Ole Miss' Zack Wilder 6-3, 6-3 to earn a spot in the semifinals Sunday.

State's Wilkinson came back from a 5-2 deficit in the final set to defeat Garrison Laduca of Samford 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(3) to begin his day in consolation action. However, Wilkinson dropped his quarterfinal match to Troy's Anas Rouchdi 6-2, 6-3.

State's Bogaerts will face Alabama's O'Shaughnessey at 10 a.m. CT Sunday with a spot in the championship match on the line. The No. 41 duo of Angus and Stropp will face Alabama's Vieyra and Proskura at 2 p.m. in the semifinals. On the opposite side of the bracket, Chaudry and Vinti will compete against in-state rivals Matt Frost and Andrew Goodwin of Southern Miss, also scheduled to start at 2 p.m.

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MSU Results At The USTA/ITA Southern Regional Championships
October 20, 2012 - Auburn, Ala.


Quarterfinals - No. 5 Nik Scholtz (Ole Miss) [1] def. Jordan Angus (MSU) 6-7(5), 6-2, 7-5; No. 56 William Kallberg (Ole Miss) [6] def. No. 41 James Chaudry (MSU) [4] 6-3, 6-4; Becker O'Shaughnesssey (Alabama) def. No. 47 Malte Stropp (MSU) [5] 6-3, 4-6, 6-4; Romain Bogaerts (MSU) def. No. 58 Chris Simpson (LSU) [7] 6-4, 6-2


Round of 16 - Ethan Wilkinson (MSU) def. Garrison Laduca (Samford) 4-6, 6-2, 7-6(3); Zach White def. Rodrigo Rappaccioli (Tulane) 6-2, 6-2.

Quarterfinals - White (MSU) def. Zack Wilder (Ole Miss) 6-3, 6-3; Anas Rouchdi (Troy) def. Wilkinson (MSU) 6-2, 6-3


Round of 16 - Chaudry/Stefan Vinti (MSU) def. Simpson/Stefan Szacinski (LSU) [3] 8-3; David Vieyra/Saniil Proskura (Alabama) def. White/Wilkinson (MSU) 8-6; No. 41 Angus/Stropp (MSU) def. Chris Helliar/Lucas Dirube (UAB) 8-4

Quarterfinals - Chaudry/Stefan Vinti (MSU) def. Brian Conlon/Stuart Kenyon (Alabama) 8-2; No. 41 Angus/Stropp [2] def. Roger Anderson/Tam Trinh (LSU) [8] 8-1

Numbers preceding names are current national rankings; seedings in brackets


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