News from MSU Media Relations--Sept. 26

The latest sports news from the MSU Media Relations Department...Men's Tennis.

Men's Tennis
ATHENS, Ga. - Mississippi State's top-seeded and seventh-ranked tandem of Louis Cant and Malte Stropp claimed the Division I doubles championship at the Southern Intercollegiate Championships Monday with a pair of victories.

Beginning the day in the semifinals, Cant and Stropp took down a tough Stetson opponent in Didrik Berg and Njal Stene 8-4.

In the finals, the MSU pair met Florida's duo of Tripper Carleton and Spencer Newman, who would keep the match at an interesting pace.

Down 3-2 on serve early in the match, Cant and Stropp fought back to a break advantage at 4-3. But UF's duo answered to even the match at 4-4. State's tandem broke right back again to 5-4 and never looked back, holding serve the rest of the way for an 8-6 victory to claim the Division I crown.

"We were really impressed by Louis and Malte," head coach Per Nilsson said. "They played a lot of tennis this weekend and improved every match. They have done a great job improving over this past year to become a great team for us. Now we have to head back and get prepared for the All Americans next weekend."

Cant and Stropp finished the tournament 5-0, defeating players from four SEC schools including LSU, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida.

Mississippi State returns to action this weekend October 1-8, at the All-Americans in Tulsa, Okla.

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