State claimed the opening point of the day in a very heated doubles affair. The teams traded wins at the No. 1 and 3 positions, with MSU taking an 8-2 decision at No. 1 and UAB holding on for an 8-6 triumph at No. 3.
At No. 2, UAB's team of George Dubrava and Andre van der Merwe would serve for the match at 7-6, but Bulldogs Max Fomine and Jerome Le Belicard broke back and took an 8-7 lead. The Blazer pair would break back, however, to force a tiebreak which would decide the first point of the day. Fomine and Le Belicard cruised in the tiebreak, winning the match 9-8(1).
It was a different story in singles, as State stormed out to win the top four positions in straight sets, losing only nine games total in them.
Giving MSU a 2-0 lead was 59th-ranked junior Rene-Charles Combette, who ousted Tobi Klein 6-1, 6-0 at the No. 4 position.
State would clinch the match when Romain Ambert and David Ruiz closed out their matches at the top two spots almost simultaneously. Ambert, ranked 15th nationally, downed van der Merwe 6-2, 6-1 at No. 1. Soon after, the senior Ruiz clinched the match, shutting out Sanzaruz Zaman 6-0, 6-0 at No. 2. Ruiz has won 10 of his last 13 dual matches dating back to last season.
MSU led 5-0 after a win from Le Belicard, who bested Dubrava 6-4, 6-1 at No. 3. UAB would gain its first and only point of the day at No. 5, where Alex Jung came back for a 1-6, 6-2, 6-3 victory over Bulldog Luiz Carvalho.
Bulldog freshman Aymeric Henou completed scoring on the day, coming back from a 3-0 deficit in the second set to hold off Blazer Ruben Zrihen 7-6(4), 6-4 at No. 6.
"This was a good win for us," MSU head coach Sylvain Guichard said. "UAB is a solid team and will probably be ranked before the end of the year. We did a good job of fighting in doubles, which was a big point in terms of momentum, and we played well in singles after that."
State's next action will be next weekend when the Bulldogs continue their current six-match homestand, hosting two matches on the MSU campus. The Bulldogs will entertain Arkansas-Little Rock next Friday, Feb. 8, at 2 p.m. before hosting 29th-ranked South Alabama on Sunday, Feb. 10, at 1 p.m.