TULSA, Okla. - Mississippi State senior Ivan Bjelica's collegiate career came to a close Thursday as he dropped his second round match in the NCAA Singles Championship held in Tulsa, Okla. Bjelica, the nation's 12th-ranked player, fell 6-4, 6-3 to Ohio State's 32nd-ranked Steven Moneke in the match.
Bjelica's appearance in the second round marked the first time a Bulldog had advanced to that round since Romain Ambert did so in 2003. Bjelica and fellow senior Philippe Frayssinoux were also the first State pair to make an appearance in the singles championship since 2001 when Ambert and Marco Baron did so.
During his four year stint in Starkville, Bjelica accumulated 102 total wins. In his final season this year, Bjelica notched a 17-7 singles record which included an impressive 8-2 mark in Southeastern Conference play. For his efforts this season, the Belgrade, Serbia native was named an All-American and for the third time in his career, he earned All-SEC status.
Bjelica's loss on Thursday officially marked the end to the 2008 season for State.