TULSA, Okla. – In day one of the qualifying round at the 2013 ITA All-American Championships in Tulsa, Okla., the Mississippi State men’s tennis squad saw its lone singles competitor fall in the first round. Jordan Angus dropped a tough match to Ole Miss’ Stefan Lindmark 6-3, 7-5.
Lindmark got off to a hot start, going up a break 3-0 in the first set. Angus fired back with a quick break to put the match back on serve, only to have Lindmark follow with another break to go up 4-2. Lindmark used two aces to close out the first set 6-3.
Angus and Lindmark traded serves throughout the beginning of the second set until Angus capitalized on a break opportunity to go up 4-2. However, Lindmark, who was down 5-2 after a hold by the MSU sophomore, swung the momentum and took the second set and the match 6-3, 7-5.
The Bulldogs now turn their attention to the doubles draw of the qualifying round, which begins Tuesday. The freshman pair of Robin Haden and Florian Lakat were a late addition to the qualifying round and will face off against Army’s Asika Isoh and Harrison McCormick.
Following the qualifying round, play will shift to the main draw, which is set to begin Thursday, Oct. 3. MSU senior Malte Stropp, ranked 40th in the nation, along with the 6th-ranked duo of Angus and Stropp will represent the Bulldogs in the main bracket of the ITA All-American. Haden and Lakat need four consecutive wins to join Angus and Stropp in main draw play.
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MSU Results At The 2013 ITA All-American Championships
September 30, 2013 – Tulsa, Okla.
Singles – Qualifying
First Round – Stefan Lindmark (Ole Miss) def. No. 113 Jordan Angus (MSU) 6-3, 7-5
Numbers preceding names are current national rankings; tournament seedings in brackets