HOUSTON, Texas – Despite jumping out in front early with the doubles point, the ninth-ranked Mississippi State men’s tennis Bulldogs (8-2) fell to the No. 16 Notre Dame Irish (8-2), 4-1, on Saturday on day two of the 2014 ITA National Team Indoor Championship.
The loss sets MSU up against fourth-ranked SEC foe Georgia (3-4) to close out play at the ITA Indoors for both teams on Sunday. The match is set for 6 p.m. CT.
For the fifth match in a row, State came out with the doubles point Saturday, thanks to victories on courts two and three. MSU’s Rishab Agarwal and Zach White improved to 5-0 on the season, defeating Notre Dame’s Ryan Bandy and Eric Schnurrenberger 6-2 at the three spot. The Bulldogs clinched the point with a 6-4 victory on court two from Florian Lakat and Tassilo Schmid against the Irish tandem of Josh Hagar and Billy Pecor, ranked 46th nationally.
Notre Dame fired back in singles play, taking the first set on all six courts. The Bulldogs put together several second-set rallies to try and regain momentum, including a forced third set from senior No. 49 Stropp, but it was not enough to overcome the deficits on all courts.
Notre Dame’s 121st-ranked Bandy opened up singles play, downing MSU’s No. 115 Angus 6-2, 6-3 on court three to tie the overall score at 1-1. The Irish captured the lead when Schnurrenberger defeated State’s Schmid 6-3, 6-4 on court six.
A 6-2, 6-4 victory from UND’s Hagar against MSU’s White on court four and a 6-5(5), 6-4 win from the Irish’s No. 37 Andrews against the Bulldogs’ No. 52 Lakat at the top spot clinched the overall win.
Play on courts two and five was suspended at that point.
No. 16 Notre Dame 4, No. 9 Mississippi State 1
February 15, 2014 –Downtown Club at The Met – Houston, Texas
1) No. 37 Andrews (ND) def. No. 52 Lakat (MSU) 6-5(5), 6-4
2) No. 49 Stropp (MSU) vs. Quentin Monaghan (ND) 2-6, 6-4, 0-1(susp.)
3) No. 121 Bandy (ND) def. No. 115 Angus (MSU) 6-2, 6-3
4) Hagar (ND) def. White (MSU) 6-2, 6-4
5) Agarwal (MSU) vs. Eddy Covalschi (ND) 4-6, 5-5(susp.)
6) Schnurrenberger (ND) def. Schmid (MSU) 6-3, 6-4
Order of finish… Doubles (3,2)… Singles (3,6,4,1)