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Bogaerts Pulls Upset, Then Falls In Quarters at National Indoors

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Freshman Romain Bogaerts upset No. 5 and 7th-seeded Nik Scholtz of Ole Miss in the ITA National Indoors in Flushing, N.Y.
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Flushing, N.Y. - With a second chance against his in-state rival, Mississippi State freshman Romain Bogaerts did not disappoint Friday, as the Huppaye, Belgium, native advanced to quarterfinal play in the USTA/ITA National Indoor Championships with a big upset. He then fell in the quarterfinals against the tournament's top seed.

Less than a month ago, Bogaerts fell in a close decision to Ole Miss' fifth-ranked Nik Scholtz in the title match of the USTA/ITA Southern Regional Championships in Auburn, Ala., giving Scholtz his automatic bid to New York. However, in their rematch Friday, Bogaerts came out hot, taking the first set 6-1. The two battled to a 3-3 tie in the second set before Scholtz pushed ahead to force a final set. Nevertheless, Bogaerts was determined to take victory this time, winning the final set and taking the match 6-1, 3-6, 6-3.

With that win, Bogaerts advanced to play the tourney's top seed in eighth-ranked Alex Domijan of Virginia. The two went back and forth to start, before Domijan took the first set 6-4. MSU's freshman called out a trainer prior to second set, deciding to continue play. Domijan started off fast in the second and never looked back, taking the match from Bogaerts 6-4, 6-0.

In quarterfinals doubles play Friday, the No. 41 State duo of Jordan Angus and Malte Stropp took on Auburn's No. 24 and top-seeded team of Daniel Cochrane and Andreas Mies, a rematch from the quarterfinals of the ITA All-American Championships earlier in the fall. The Bulldog team pushed the Tigers to the edge, but could not claim victory as Cochrane and Mies took the match 9-7.

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MSU Results At The ITA National Indoor Championships

November 9, 2012 - New York City, N.Y.

Singles - Main Draw

Round of 16 - Romain Bogaerts (MSU) def. No. 5 Nik Scholtz (Ole Miss) [7] 6-1, 3-6, 6-3

Quarterfinals - No. 8 Alex Domijan (Virginia) [1] def. Bogaerts (MSU) 6-4, 6-0

Doubles - Main Draw

Quarterfinals - No. 24 Daniel Cochrane/Andreas Mies (Auburn) [1] def. No. 41 Jordan Angus/Malte Stropp (MSU) 9-7

National rankings precede players name; Seedings in brackets

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