STARKVILLE, Miss. – There was no place like home as No. 11 Mississippi State (3-0) opened up home play at the A.J. Pitts Tennis Centre on Saturday with a 7-0 shutout against No. 25 LSU in its opening match of the ITA Kickoff Weekend.
With the victory, the Bulldogs will face the No. 21 Auburn Tigers at 1 p.m. ET Sunday. The winner will advance to Seattle to compete in the ITA National Team Indoor Championships on Feb. 15-18.
The Bulldogs grabbed the doubles point for the third consecutive match this season, led by a powerful performance from the No. 28 duo of Jordan Angus and Malte Stropp. The tandem defeated LSU’s No. 33 pair of Chris Simpson and Stefan Szacinski 8-0 at the No. 1 position.
The doubles clinching point came when State’s Zach White and Ethan Wilkinson defeated Roger Anderson and Tam Trinh 8-5 at No. 2.
On Court 3, the Bulldogs’ freshmen pair of Romain Bogaerts and Pedro Dumont were close to clinching, as well, leading the Tigers’ duo of Boris Arias and Olivier Borsos 7-4 when play was suspended after the clinching victory.
In singles, Mississippi State took charge from the start, with the three match-clinching points coming from true freshmen.
State’s No. 25 Bogaerts was the first singles match to go final by defeating Olivier Borsos 6-1, 6-2 at the top spot in the lineup.
MSU’s Angus then took down Trinh in consecutive sets 6-3, 6-4 at No. 4, followed shortly by the match-clinching 6-0, 6-3 victory from MSU’s Stefan Vinti against the Mark Bowtell on Court 5.
Following Vinti’s victory, No. 81 junior Stropp took down Simpson 6-3, 6-4 at No. 2. Shortly after, senior James Chaudry defeated LSU’s Szacinski 6-1, 6-3 on Court 3.
In the final singles match of the day at No. 6, State’s rookie Dumont battled through a tough three-set match to defeat Anderson 7-6(4), 1-6, 1-0(4).
“Going in I thought the match was going to be tougher than it was, but the guys did really well and pulled out a big win,” Mississippi State head coach Per Nilsson said.