TULSA, Okla. – Qualifying play at the 2013 ITA All-American Championships came to a close for the Mississippi State men’s tennis squad Tuesday, highlighted by the freshman duo of Robin Haden and Florian Lakat, who picked up a first-round victory, but fell in second round play.
Haden and Lakat began their day with a first-round matchup against Army’s Asika Isoh and Harrison McCormick. The two duos exchanged holds for the first 10 games until the MSU newcomers earned a break to go up 6-5. Army answered with a break of their own to tie the match at 6-6, but another break for the State tandem sealed it, as the Bulldog duo went on to win 8-6.
That win set up a matchup against Oklahoma’s 35th-ranked team of Guillermo Alcorta and Axel Alvarez in second round play. The Sooner duo jumped out early, going up a break 4-1, and eventually taking the match 8-3 to end the Bulldog team’s run in qualifying play.
Sophomore Jordan Angus, ranked 113th in the nation, wrapped up MSU play Tuesday with a qualifying consolation victory against Drake's Robin Goodman. Angus dropped the first set 6-3, but fired back to take the match 3-6, 6-4, 6-2.
With qualifying play wrapped up, the Bulldogs will now focus on main draw action, which begins Thursday. State will have a representative in both the singles and doubles draws. Malte Stropp, ranked 40th nationally, will represent the Maroon and White in singles play, while the sixth-ranked duo of Stropp and Angus will compete in doubles play for MSU.
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MSU Results At The 2013 ITA All-American Championships
October 1, 2013 – Tulsa, Okla.
Doubles – Qualifying
Second Round – No. 35 Guillermo Acorta/Axel Alvarez (Oklahoma) def. Haden/Lakat (MSU) 8-3
Singles – Qualifying Consolation
First Round - Jordan Angus (MSU) def. Robin Goodman (Drake) 3-6, 6-4, 6-2
Numbers preceding names are current national rankings; tournament seedings in brackets