Mississippi State defeats third top-20 foe in a row with win against LSU
BATON ROUGE, La. -- For the first time since 2005, Mississippi State (16-7, 6-5 SEC) has downed three consecutive top-20 opponents, as the Bulldogs defeated No. 20 LSU (13-10, 4-7 SEC) 4-1 on Wednesday. With the win, State has won its last four matches against the Tigers, including a 7-0 victory earlier this season.
The win continues what has been an impressive road showing for State this spring, improving to 6-0 in away matches.
State took the early lead Wednesday by grabbing the doubles point. On court three, the two teams traded holds until the MSU duo of Pedro Dumont and Ethan Wilkinson earned a break to go up 6-5, eventually defeating LSU’s Boris Arias and Tam Trinh 8-6.
The State tandem of Jordan Angus and Malte Stropp, ranked 12th in the nation, went up a break to start and then earned another break later in the match to go up 6-3. The Tigers’ No. 52 team of Chris Simpson and Stefan Szacinski earned a break and then a hold to come within one, but Angus and Stropp held strong to take the match 8-6, clinching the doubles point for State. Play on court two was suspended at that point, with LSU’s Roger Anderson and Olivier Borsos leading MSU’s Romain Bogaerts and Zach White 7-6.
In singles, tiebreakers were the determinant for the first set on four courts. After the teams had traded first sets on courts two and five, the Bulldogs claimed three of the breakers (two by 8-6 scores), capturing four of the six first sets in the process.
White was the most dominant point of the day, only dropping two games en route to defeating LSU’s Arias 6-2, 6-0 on court five for a 2-0 MSU lead. On court six, Dumont battled to take the first-set tiebreaker 7-6(4) and then cruised to victory in the second set, downing the Tigers’ Harrison Kennedy 7-6(4), 6-1, pushing MSU's lead to 3-0.
LSU’s lone point of the day came on court two, as No. 104 Szacinski upended MSU’s No. 58 Stropp 6-3, 6-4.
The Bulldogs then clinched the match thanks to senior James Chaudry who, after taking a first-set tiebreaker 7-6(6), found his groove in the second, blasting LSU’s Borsos to win 7-6(6), 6-0 and hand the Bulldogs the win.
Play on courts one and four were suspended once the match was clinched, with MSU freshman No. 12 Bogaerts leading 7-6(6), 2-3 against LSU’s No. 51 Simpson at the top spot and LSU’s Mark Bowtell leading MSU’s Angus 7-6(1), 1-3 at No. 4.