TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Led by the play of senior Malte Stropp, the Mississippi State men’s tennis squad placed a singles player in the quarterfinals and a pair of doubles teams in round of 16 after Friday action at the 2013 USTA/ITA Southern Regional Championships.
Doubles kicked off competition Friday with the sixth-ranked State duo of Jordan Angus and Stropp battling UAB’s Nick Ianuzzi and Luiz Pinto. MSU’s top-seeded duo dominated the match from start to finish, advancing to the round of 16 with an 8-0 victory. Following suit was the Bulldog tandem of Florian Lakat and Tassilo Schmid, who defeated Samford’s Elliott Barnwell and Liam Sullivan 8-6 to also advance to the round of 16 as well.
Stropp headlined Friday singles play for MSU with two victories to vault himself into Saturday’s quarterfinals. The 40th-ranked and third-seeded Bulldog veteran battled Troy’s Sami Ghorbel in a three-set battle. After dropping the first, Stropp roared back to take the second set 6-2. Stropp claimed victory when Ghorbel retired three games into the third set due to injury, giving the Bulldog a 4-6, 6-2, 3-0(ret.).
The Dusseldorf, Germany, native then advanced to the quarterfinals with ease, shutting out UAB’s Rafael Rondino in straight sets 6-0, 6-0.
MSU’s Angus also made an appearance in the round of 16 after defeating New Orleans’ Christoffer Applegren in impressive fashion 6-0, 6-1. Angus’ next matchup came against Ole Miss’ seventh-ranked and top-seeded Nik Scholtz. Despite forcing a tiebreaker in the first set, Angus dropped the opening set and the match 7-6(5), 6-2.
Lakat battled South Alabama’s No. 50 and fourth-seeded Daniel Leitner in the third round, falling in a hard-fought 6-7(7), 7-6(5), 6-3 marathon. Fellow freshman Robin Haden also fell in a tough loss to LSU’s 29th-ranked and second-seeded Chris Simpson 6-3, 7-6(5). Rounding out the Bulldogs play was Schmid, who fell to Alabama’s No. 100 and seventh-seeded Becker O’Shaughnessey 6-0, 6-0.
Play is scheduled to begin Saturday with round of 16 and quarterfinal doubles action, followed by the quarterfinals of the singles draw.
For more information on Mississippi State men’s tennis and updates throughout the 2013 USTA/ITA Southern Regional Championships, fans can follow the Bulldogs on Twitter (@HailStateMT), Facebook (HailStateMT) and Instagram (HailStateMT). Mississippi State athletics can also be found on FanCred by going to http://www.fancred.com/go/hailstate/.
MSU Results At The 2013 USTA/ITA Southern Regional Championships
October 11, 2013 – Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Singles – Main Draw
Third Round – Jordan Angus (MSU) def. Christoffer Applegren (New Orleans) 6-0, 6-1; No. 29 Chris Simpson (LSU)  def. Robin Haden (MSU) 6-3, 7-6(5); No. 50 Daniel Leitner (South Alabama)  def. Florian Lakat (MSU) 6-7(7), 7-6(5), 6-3; No. 100 Becker O’Shaughnessey (Alabama)  def. Tassilo Schmid (MSU) 6-0, 6-0; No. 40 Malte Stropp (MSU)  def. Sami Ghorbel (Troy) 4-6, 6-2, 3-0(ret.)
Round of 16 – No. 7 Nik Scholtz (Ole Miss)  def. No. 113 Angus (MSU) 7-6(5), 6-2; No. 40 Stropp (MSU)  def. Rafael Rondino (UAB) 6-0, 6-0
Doubles – Main Draw
Second Round – No. 6 Angus/Stropp (MSU)  def. Nick Ianuzzi/Luiz Pinto (UAB) 8-0; Lakat/Schmid (MSU) def. Elliott Barnwell/Liam Sullivan (Samford) 8-6
Numbers preceding names are current national rankings; tournament seedings in brackets