FLUSHING, N.Y. – Despite a thrilling comeback after dropping the first set, Mississippi State men’s tennis senior Malte Stropp ultimately fell in three sets to North Carolina’s Brett Clark in the first round of the 2013 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships on Thursday.
Stropp and Clark battled back and forth in the first before the UNC freshman earned a break to go up 3-2. Stropp broke back to put the match back on serve, but Clark earned two more breaks to take the first 6-3. Stropp battled back in the second, taking an early break and holding serve for the remainder of the set to force a third, winning 6-4.
The third set saw both players battling back-and-forth, with Clark fending off three break chances by Stropp to take a 4-3 lead and then taking a late break to go up 5-3. Clark then earned a hold to take the match 6-3, 4-6, 6-3, knocking Stropp out of main draw play.
Despite being eliminated from main draw play, Stropp’s time in the Big Apple is not yet over. The Dusselfdorf, Germany, native will face No. 44 Dane Webb of Oklahoma in the opening round of consolation play Friday, with the match scheduled to begin at 4:00 p.m. CT.
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MSU Results At The 2013 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships
November 7, 2013 – Flushing, N.Y.
Singles – Main Draw
First Round – Brett Clark (North Carolina) def. No. 40 Malte Stropp (MSU) 6-3, 4-6, 6-3
Numbers preceding names are current national rankings; tournament seedings in brackets