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MSU celebrating win over Georgia

February 17, 2014

Mississippi State did something that hadn't happened since 2005.
The No. 9 Bulldog tennis team knocked off No. 4 Georgia 4-3 Sunday night at the 2014 ITA National Indoor Championship in Houston, Texas.
It was the first time MSU beat UGA since 2005 and the first time the Bulldogs knocked off a top five team since beating Tennessee 6-1 in Starkville in 2011.
"(We were) glad to close out play in Houston with a win against a top-five squad," MSU head coach Per Nilsson said in a school release. "We worked hard to improve in doubles and it definitely showed this weekend. However, we did not perform well in singles and will have to address that before the Blue-Gray Classic." 
Georgia had three players miss the match due to injury, illness and suspension forcing it to forfeit the third spot in doubles and courts five and six in singles.
Malte Stropp and Jordan Angus beat UGA's Hernus Pieters and Eric Diaz in doubles. Georgia's Nathan Pasha and Nick Wood beat MSU's Florian Lakat and Tassilo Schmid in the other doubles match.
Georgia won three of the singles matches. Pasha knocked off Lakat 6-2, 6-4, Wood beat Stropp 6-5(2), 6-2 and Pieters got a win over Angus 6-1, 6-5(5).
The lone win for MSU in singles came with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 win by Zach White over Diaz to cap off the match.
MSU will be back in action this weekend when they travel to Montgomery, Ala., for the 2014 Blue-Gray National Collegiate Classic. 

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