STARKVILLE, Miss. – After putting together impressive 2012-13 seasons in both singles and doubles action, Mississippi State men’s tennis senior Malte Stropp and sophomore Jordan Angus will kick off the 2013-14 campaign ranked nationally in both singles and doubles, including a top 10 ranking as a duo.
Stropp, who put together a 22-13 record in 2012-13 and earned All-SEC Second Team honors, will begin the season ranked 40th in the ITA national singles rankings. The No. 40 spot is Stropp’s highest career ranking since joining the Maroon and White in 2010-11. The Bulldog senior made the NCAA Singles Championship in 2013 for the first time in his career, falling just short of the Round of 16.
State’s other ranked player is Angus, who played an intricate part in the Bulldogs’ run to the NCAA Round of 16 last year as a freshman. Angus will begin the season ranked 113th nationally in singles, the first time he has earned a singles national ranking. Beginning the 2013 dual match season 11-0, Angus set the best start by a Bulldog freshman in MSU recorded history last spring.
In doubles, Angus and Stropp will start the 2013-14 slate ranked sixth in the nation as a pair, the highest an MSU doubles team has been ranked since 2000, when Marco Baron and Charles Sevigny were ranked third nationally. Angus and Stropp finished last year ranked No. 14 in the nation after falling in a tough three-set match to the eventual 2013 NCAA Doubles Champions.
The entire Bulldog tennis squad will begin the 2013 fall slate when they head to Nashville, Tenn., for the 2013 SEC Invitational, Sept. 20-22, hosted by Vanderbilt.