AUSTIN, Texas — The 61st-ranked Louisiana-Lafayette men’s tennis team fell to 18th-ranked Mississippi State 4-0 in the first round of the NCAA tournament on Friday at Penick-Allison Tennis Center.
The Cajuns (20-5) finished the season with third highest winning percentage in program history.
The Bulldogs (19-10) grabbed a 1-0 advantage against the Sun Belt Champions after claiming the doubles point with wins on courts 1 and 3. Rishab Agarwal and Zach White defeated the duo of Hunter Johnson and Carl Alberton at the No. 3 position 8-2.
The 17th-ranked doubles team of Jordan Angus and Malte Stropp clinched the point edging Jake Wynan and Rick de Groot 8-6.
Mississippi State carried the momentum over into singles competition with a straight-set victory by White over Damian Farinola 6-2, 6-3.
With three of the six courts going to a third set, the Bulldogs picked up the final two points to clinch the match.
Malte Stropp defeated de Groot 6-4, 3-6, 6-0 to pull MSU within a point from clinching.
No. 61 Florian Lakat clinched the match with a 7-6 (7-3), 6-2 win over Edgar Lopez.
1. #61 Florian Lakat def. Edgar Lopez 7-6 (7-3), 6-2; 2. #103 Malte Stropp def. Rick de Groot 6-4, 3-6, 6-0; 3. Jordan Angus vs. Jake Wynan 4-6, 6-3, 5-1, unfinished; 4. Zach White def. Damian Farinola 6-2, 6-3; 5. Rishab Agarwal vs. Hunter Johnson 3-6, 6-3, 3-0, unfinished; 6. Tassilo Schmid vs. Jarred Wynan 7-6 (7-5), 2-5, unfinished.
1. #17 Jordan Angus/Malte Stropp def. Jake Wynan/Rick de Groot 8-6; 2. Florian Lakat/Tassilo Schmid vs. Edgar Lopez/Damian Farinola 6-6, unfinished; 3. Rishab Agarwal/Zach White def. Hunter Johnson/Carl Alberton 8-2.