Flushing, N.Y. - Mississippi State had a great first day Thursday at the USTA/ITA National Indoor Championships, advancing its singles and doubles entries into Friday play with victories.
In singles, freshman Romain Bogaerts, a native of Huppaye, Belgium, climbed back from a first set loss to push Southeastern Conference foe Ryan Lipman of Vanderbilt into a third set. Lipman pushed Bogaerts into a tiebreaker in the final set, but the MSU freshman wasted no time in the breaker, defeating Lipman and taking the first-round match 2-6, 7-5, 7-6(2).
In doubles Thursday, State's 41st-ranked tandem of Jordan Angus and Malte Stropp grinded out an impressive round of 16 victory (after a first-round bye), defeating Armstrong Atlantic State's Dan Regan and Georgi Rumenov 9-8(5).
Bogaerts will face No. 5-ranked and seventh-seeded Nik Scholtz of Ole Miss in the round of 16 Friday. It will be a rematch of the championship match in the USTA/ITA Southern Regional Championships in October, which Scholtz claimed in a tight 7-5, 6-4 decision.
Angus and Stropp will face the tourney's top-seeded and 24th-ranked duo of Daniel Cochrane and Andreas Mies in quarterfinal play Friday.
MSU Results At The ITA National Indoor Championships
November 8, 2012 - New York City, N.Y.
Singles - Main Draw
First Round - Romain Bogaerts (MSU) def. Ryan Lipman (Vanderbilt) 2-6, 7-5, 7-6(2)
Doubles - Main Draw
National rankings precede player names; seedings in brackets