September 08, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. - Day two of the Southern Intercollegiate Championships in Athens, Ga., did not prove to be as kind to the Mississippi State Men's Tennis squad as day one. Only two doubles teams remain in play in main draw action for the Bulldogs after two days of play, in addition to consolation singles action.
Singles play saw one Bulldog advance to the round of 16 in Division I when junior Malte Stropp defeated Florida's Gordon Watson in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3. Stropp then faced Georgia's 9-16 seeded Nathan Pasha in the round of 16, but could not overcome his SEC foe, falling 6-1, 6-3.
MSU's No. 41 James Chaudry and freshman Jordan Angus fought their second-round opponents to three set thrillers, but with both falling short. Chaudry faced Southeastern Conference foe Johan Backstrom of Ole Miss, dropping a tight 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 decision. Angus fought tooth and nail with the tourney's No. 1 seed and 17th nationally ranked Bob van Overbeek of Florida in a 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 decision after taking the first set. In other singles second round play, junior Zach White dropped his match to Georgia's Pasha, 6-3, 6-4.
Singles consolation play only saw one Bulldog see action Saturday, as Pedro Dumont dropped his match to Andrew Mellow of Furman, 6-2, 6-2.
In doubles, Angus and Dumont teamed up to defeat Daniel Sotomarino and Norbert Nemcsek of North Florida, 8-5, to advance to the Round of 16 in Division II. They join Chaudry and Stropp, who are still alive in Division I doubles play.
The Round of 16 in doubles action and the remainder of singles consolation play did not go on Saturday as planned due to rain in the area. Doubles is planned to begin at 8:30 a.m. ET Sunday morning, while consolation play is set to begin at 10 a.m. ET.
MSU RESULTS AT THE Southern Intercollegiate Championships
September 8, 2012 - Athens, Ga.
Second Round - Johan Backstrom (Ole Miss) def. #41 James Chaudry (MSU) (5-8) 7-5, 4-6, 6-3; #17 Bob van Overbeek (Florida) (1) def. Jordan Angus (MSU) 4-6, 6-4, 6-4; Nathan Pasha (9-16) def. Zach White (MSU) 6-3, 6-4; #47 Malte Stropp (MSU) (5-8) def. Gordon Watson (Florida) 6-4, 6-3
Round of 16 - Nathan Pasha (Georgia) (9-16) def. #47 Malte Stropp (MSU) (5-8) 6-1, 6-3
Division I Consolation - Andrew Mellow (Furman) def. Pedro Dumont (MSU) 6-2, 6-2
Division I - Second Round
Angus/Dumont (MSU) def. Sotomarino/Nemcsek (North Florida) 8-5