FORT WORTH, Texas – Mississippi State’s 100th season of men’s tennis came to a close on Saturday following the Bulldogs’ 4-1 loss at No. 2 TCU in the Round of 16 at the NCAA Championships.
No. 16 MSU was making its fourth trip to the Round of 16 in the last five seasons and finishes the 2023 campaign with a 21-8 overall record.
The Horned Frogs (25-2) took the early advantage, edging out MSU in doubles. Sebastian Gorzny and Pedro Vives earned the first win 6-3 over Petar Jovanovic and Ewen Lumsden 6-3 and claimed the doubles point when No. 22 Sander Jong and Lui Maxted rallied from a 4-1 deficit to defeat Benito Sanchez Martinez and Gregor Ramskogler 6-4.
State secured three first sets and five sets overall in singles but were only able to come away with one victory. No. 120 Carles Hernandez knocked off 62nd-ranked Sander Jong in straight sets 6-3, 7-5 to finish out the year with a team-best 27-7 record.
The win also tied Hernandez with Nemanja Malesevic for the team lead with seven victories over ranked opponents.
Malesevic, ranked 78th nationally, fell 6-3, 6-3 to No. 21 Jake Fearnley, Ramskogler dropped his final match to Maxted 6-2, 7-5 and No. 72 Gorzny rallied to clinch the match for TCU with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 win against 95th-ranked Lumsden.
When the match ended, 124th-ranked Jovanovic was up on No. 71 Jack Pinnington 3-2 in the third set and Sanchez Martinez was knotted 2-2 with Pedro Vives.
No. 2 TCU 4, No. 16 Mississippi State 1
Bayrard H. Friedman Tennis Center | Fort Worth , Texas
May 13, 2023
1. #2 Jake Fearnley/Luc Fomba (TCU) vs. #81 Nemanja Malesevic/Michal Novansky (MSU) 5-4, unfinished
2. Sebastian Gorzny/Pedro Vives (TCU) def. Petar Jovanovic/Ewen Lumsden (MSU) 6-3
3. #22 Sander Jong/Lui Maxted (TCU) def. B. Sanchez Martinez/Gregor Ramskogler (MSU) 6-4
Order of finish: (1,6,3,4)
1. No. 21 Jake Fearnley (TCU) def. No. 78 Nemanja Malesevic (MSU) 6-3, 6-3
2. No. 71 Jack Pinnington (TCU) vs. No. 124 Petar Jovanovic (MSU) 6-3, 4-6, 2-3, unfinished
3. No. 120 Carles Hernandez (MSU) def. No. 62 Sander Jong (TCU) 6-3, 7-5
4. No. 72 Sebastian Gorzny (TCU) def. No. 95 Ewen Lumsden (MSU) 4-6, 6-3, 6-3
5. Pedro Vives (TCU) vs. B. Sanchez Martinez (MSU) 4-6, 6-3, 2-2, unfinished
6. Lui Maxted (TCU) def. Gregor Ramskogler (MSU) 6-2, 7-5
Order of finish: (2,3)
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