Bulldogs Form Half Of Quarterfinal Field At ITA Southern Regional
AUBURN, Ala. - Mississippi State men's tennis produced a very impressive day at the ITA Southern Regional Championships Friday as four Bulldogs advanced to Saturday's singles quarterfinals. State also moved three doubles teams into the round of 16 at the tournament, which is a qualifying event for the ITA National Indoor Championships in early November in New York.
Main draw singles saw MSU's No. 41 and fourth-seeded James Chaudry easily defeat his two opponents to advance to the quarterfinals. Chaudry routed Tulane's Alex Van Cott 6-0, 6-0 in the third round and defeated Southern Mississippi's Andrew Goodwin 6-2, 6-0 in the round of 16. The Bulldogs' other ranked singles entry, No. 47 and fifth seed Malte Stropp, took down host Auburn's Lucian Gheorghe in straight sets 6-0, 6-0 and then rallied to defeat Tulane's Dominik Koepfer 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 to advance to Saturday.
Bulldog freshmen Jordan Angus and Romain Bogaerts found similar success to their upperclassmen. Angus upset 59th-ranked and eighth-seeded Daniil Proskura of Alabama 6-3, 6-3 in third-round play and followed by taking down Tulane's Joe Young 6-1, 6-2 to advance to the quarters. Bogaerts defeated Southern Mississippi's Matt Frost 6-4, 6-3 and shut out Tulane's Idan Mark 6-0, 6-0 to earn State's final spot in Saturday's quarters.
MSU freshman Pedro Dumont easily handled his third round opponent - Fares Kilani of Samford 6-0, 6-0 - to move on the round of 16. However, Dumont fell against LSU's 58th-ranked and seventh-seeded Chris Simpson 7-5, 6-2 after a close first set.
State's Stefan Vinti fell in his third-round match against the nation's No. 5 player and the tourney's No. 1 seed, Nik Scholtz of Ole Miss, but not without a fight. Vinti claimed the first set but dropped a 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 decision.
In doubles, three Bulldog duos advanced to Saturday's round of 16. MSU's No. 41 and second-seeded Angus and Stropp defeated the Tulane pair of Koepfer and Rodrigo Rappaccioli 8-6. Chaudry and Vinti fought off the Samford duo of Austin Akers and Fares with an 8-6 score as well.
MSU's tandem of Bogaerts and Dumont fell to Southern Mississippi's Frost and Goodwin 8-6 in a tight affair to round out the day's play.
A pair of Bulldogs also registered wins in their singles consolation matches Friday. White defeated Samford's Zac Dunkle 6-4, 1-6, 6-3, while Wilkinson took down Tulane's Ian Van Cott 6-7(3), 6-2, 6-2.
All told, State was 11-2 in singles and 3-1 in doubles Friday overall. Main draw singles quarterfinals will begin at 9 a.m. CT Saturday. There will be two rounds of doubles played, with the first wave starting at 1:30 p.m. and the second scheduled to begin at 3:30. Two rounds of consolation singles are scheduled to start at 8:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
MSU Results At The USTA/ITA
Southern Regional Championships
October 19, 2012 - Auburn, Ala.
Third Round - No. 5 Nik Scholtz (Ole Miss)  def. Stefan Vinti (MSU) 4-6, 6-3, 6-2; Jordan Angus (MSU) def. No. 59 Daniil Proskra (Alabama)  6-3, 6-3; No. 41 James Chaudry (MSU)  def. Alex Van Cott (Tulane) 6-0, 6-0; No. 47 Malte Stropp (MSU)  def. Lucian Gheorghe (Auburn) 6-0, 6-0; Pedro Dumont (MSU)  def. Fares Kilani (Samford) 6-2, 6-3; Romain Bogaerts (MSU) def. Matt Frost (Southern Miss) 6-4, 6-3.
Round of 16 - Angus (MSU) def. Joe Young (Tulane) 6-1, 6-2; No. 41 Chaudry (MSU)  def. Andrew Goodwin (Southern Miss) 6-2, 6-0; No. 47 Stropp (MSU)  def. Dominik Koepfer (Tulane) 5-7, 6-3, 6-4; No. 58 Chris Simpson (LSU)  def. Dumont (MSU)  7-5, 6-2; Bogaerts (MSU) def. Idan Mark (Tulane) 6-0, 6-0.
Second Round - Frost/Goodwin (Southern Miss) def. Bogaerts/Dumont (MSU) 8-6; Chaudry/Vinti (MSU) def. Austin Akers/Fares (Samford) 8-6; White/Wilkinson (MSU) def. Johan Backstrom/William Kallberg (Ole Miss)  8-3; No. 41 Angus/Stropp (MSU)  def. Dominik Koepfer/Rodrigo Rappaccioli (Tulane) 8-6.Numbers preceding names are current national rankings; seeding in parentheses