TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Dominating was the word of the day for the Mississippi State men’s tennis squad, as the Bulldogs kicked off play at the 2013 USTA/ITA Southern Regional Championships in Tuscaloosa, Ala., with a 5-0 showing in singles Thursday in the second round (all Bulldogs received first-round byes).
The Bulldogs began the day with a three-set victory from 113th-ranked Jordan Angus, as the sophomore defeated Ole Miss’ Vinod Gowda 6-3, 4-6, 6-3. Following Angus was junior college transfer Tassilo Schmid, who made his first career appearance in the Maroon and White. Schmid dominated Nicholls State’s Lukas Clemens 6-1, 6-2 to pick up his first career victory as a member of the Bulldogs.
MSU’s 40th-ranked, and the tourney’s No. 3 seed, Malte Stropp also earned an impressive victory, taking down LSU’s Justin Butsch 6-0, 6-2 to earn his 27th career victory against a Southern Region opponent.
State’s freshmen of Florian Lakat and Robin Haden also strung together notable victories Thursday. Lakat defeated New Orleans’ Timo Kranz with ease 6-1, 6-1, picking up his team-leading sixth victory of the fall. Haden capped the Bulldogs’ day with a 6-0, 7-5 win against Romain Lefevre of New Orleans, giving MSU a perfect first day of play at the 2013 USTA/ITA Southern Regionals.
Day two of the Southern Regionals will feature doubles second round play (MSU's entries received first-round byes) and third round and round of 16 play in singles. Doubles will begin at 8:30 a.m. CT, with MSU’s sixth-ranked and top-seeded Angus and Stropp, along with Lakat and Schmid, representing the Maroon and White.
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MSU Results At The 2013 USTA/ITA Southern Regional Championships
October 10, 2013 – Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Singles – Main Draw
Second Round – No. 113 Jordan Angus (MSU) def. Vinod Gowda (Ole Miss) 6-3, 4-6, 6-3; Robin Haden (MSU) def. Romain Lefevre (New Orleans) 6-0, 7-5; Florian Lakat (MSU) def. Timo Kranz (New Orleans) 6-1, 6-1; Tassilo Schmid (MSU) def. Lukas Clemens (Nicholls State) 6-1, 6-2; No. 40 Malte Stropp (MSU)  def. Justin Butsch (LSU) 6-0, 6-2
Numbers preceding names are current national rankings; tournament seedings in brackets