Bulldogs Selected To NCAA Individual Tennis Championships
STARKVILLE, Miss. – A day after the 17th-ranked Mississippi State Bulldogs learned they were heading to Austin, Texas, for the 2014 NCAA Team Championship’s First & Second Rounds, MSU’s top doubles squad earned a spot in the doubles field of the NCAA Individual Championships in Athens, Ga.
The 18th-ranked duo of Jordan Angus and Malte Stropp will be making their second-straight appearance in the NCAA Doubles Championship, reaching the round of 16 in the doubles field last season. The at-large bid into the field of 32 puts gives State its fourth doubles selection in the last five years.
After a 6-3 performance in the fall, which saw the duo reach the finals of the 2013 SEC Fall Classic, the pair strung together an impressive spring to reach the NCAAs once again. Angus and Stropp captured 12 dual match wins, totaling 18 wins on the year, with six of those coming against ranked opponents. The tandem earned its biggest win of the year in State’s home finale, defeating Texas A&M’s sixth-ranked team of Junior Ore and Jackson Withrow.
MSU’s top team has been a mainstay in the rankings this season, with their highest ranking coming at 6th nationally to start the fall.
Angus and Stropp may be joined in the NCAA Individuals by true freshman Floriant Lakat, who was named first alternate to the 64-player NCAA Singles Championship on Wednesday as well.
Lakat, who was recently named SEC Freshman of the Year and to the All-SEC Second Team and Freshman Team, has accumulated 21 victories for the year and 15 in dual match play. The freshman, who has earned seven ranked wins on the season, has spent a majority of the season at the top spot in the MSU lineup where he has collected 12 of his spring triumphs.
“We’re really proud of the guys for getting selections in the individuals,” coach Per Nilsson said. “It’s a great honor for them and a testament to how hard they’ve worked this season.”
The NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships will begin May 21 at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga., following the conclusion of the NCAA Team Championship finals played from May 16-20.
The singles and doubles brackets will be released at the conclusion of the NCAA Team Championship.