STARKVILLE, Miss. – After picking up two big top 20 victories this past weekend, the 11th-ranked Mississippi State men’s tennis squad (15-7, 5-5 SEC) will hit the road for another top 20 matchup Wednesday, as the Bulldogs travel to Baton Rouge, La., to face the No. 20 LSU Tigers (13-9, 4-6 SEC). The SEC West showdown is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. CT at LSU's ‘Dub’ Robinson Tennis Stadium.
The two teams met earlier this season in the 2013 ITA Kickoff Weekend in Starkville, where the Bulldogs defeated the Tigers 7-0. With that win, State won its third-straight meeting with the Tigers.
The combo of freshman Romain Bogaerts (20th nationally) and junior Malte Stropp (58th nationally) has been stellar atop the MSU singles lineup this season. Bogaerts, who has won his last four matches, has accumulated 15 dual match victories this spring, with six coming against ranked opponents. Stropp has put together a 13-4 record this spring, while knocking off four ranked foes.
The freshman-senior combo of Jordan Angus and James Chaudry has held strong in the middle of the MSU lineup for the 2013 season. Angus has put together 15 dual victories with only four losses, with three of those coming in tough matches against ranked opponents. Chaudry has won eight matches this spring, with seven coming at the No. 3 spot.
Rounding out the Bulldog lineup is junior Zach White and freshman Pedro Dumont. White, who pulled off a stellar comeback Sunday against Florida’s Luke Johnson to propel the Bulldogs to a 4-3 victory against the No. 17 Gators, has won seven matches this spring. Dumont, who clinch the Bulldogs victory Sunday, has won his last four matches to make his total wins this spring at 11.
Also seeing considerable playing time this spring has been freshman Stefan Vinti, who has won four matches, with two at the No. 4 position and two at the No. 5 position.
In doubles, State is led by the 12th-ranked team of Angus and Stropp, who have put together eight wins for the dual match season, with five of those coming against top 45 foes. At the two spot has been the recently formed team of Bogaerts and White, who have won their last two matches, including a win against the No. 55 team of Kyle Koch and Harry Menzies of South Carolina last Friday.
The 20th-ranked Tigers, who have eight of their last 11 matches (four against top 25 foes and two in the top 10), are led by a pair of ranked singles players, as well as a pair of ranked doubles squads. Chris Simpson (No. 51) and Stefan Szacinski (No. 104) make up the Tigers’ ranked singles players, while LSU holds the No. 52 duo of Simpson and Szacinski and the No. 65 duo of Szacinski and Tam Trinh.
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