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.
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.
MSU Results At The USTA/ITA
Southern Regional Championships
October 20, 2012 - Auburn, Ala.
Quarterfinals - No. 5 Nik Scholtz (Ole Miss)  def. Jordan Angus (MSU) 6-7(5), 6-2, 7-5; No. 56 William Kallberg (Ole Miss)  def. No. 41 James Chaudry (MSU)  6-3, 6-4; Becker O'Shaughnesssey (Alabama) def. No. 47 Malte Stropp (MSU)  6-3, 4-6, 6-4; Romain Bogaerts (MSU) def. No. 58 Chris Simpson (LSU)  6-4, 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)  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  def. Roger Anderson/Tam Trinh (LSU)  8-1
Numbers preceding names are current national rankings; seedings in brackets