NCAA Mens Tennis

No. 18 Bulldogs Edged By Ole Miss, 4-3

No. 18 Bulldogs Edged By Ole Miss, 4-3

OXFORD – No. 18 Mississippi State suffered its first Southeastern Conference loss of the season on Saturday, falling at 59th-ranked Ole Miss 4-3.

The Bulldogs (12-2, 1-1 SEC) split their singles matches but dropped the earlier doubles point, which ultimately proved to be the difference.

Ewen Lumsden and Gregor Ramskogler made short work of their singles matches to give MSU a brief 2-1 advantage. Lumsden was the first off the court with his 6-1, 6-2 victory over Lukas Engelhardt followed by Ramskogler’s win against reigning SEC Freshman of the Week Isac Stromberg 6-4, 6-3.

No. 113 Carles Hernandez also earned a victory moments after the Rebels clinched the match. Hernandez downed Simon Junk 7-5, 2-6, 6-4.

Ole Miss (9-2, 1-0 SEC) evened the match 2-2 as No. 68 Nikola Slavic defeated Nemanja Malesevic 7-5, 6-2 and took the lead when Noah Schlagenhauf rallied past Benito Sanchez Martinez 6-2, 5-7, 6-1. John Hallquist Lithen clinched things for the Rebels in a third-set tiebreaker with 107th-ranked Petar Jovanovic 6-0, 6-7(1), 7-6(4).

Ole Miss also claimed the doubles point to start the day as Hallquist Lithen and Junk edged Jovanovic and Ramskogler 6-4 and Slavic and Engelhardt upset the 33rd-ranked tandem of Hernandez and Malesevic 6-3.

The loss snapped a seven-match winning streak for State. The Bulldogs return home to take on No. 14 Auburn on Thursday at 3 p.m.  

No. 59 Ole Miss 4, No. 18 Mississippi State 3

Palmer/Salloum Tennis Center | Oxford, Miss.

March 4, 2023


1. Nikola Slavic/Lukas Engelhardt (OM) def. No. 33 Nemanja Malesevic/Carles Hernandez (MSU) 6-3

2. John Hallquist Lithen/Simon Junk (OM) def. Gregor Ramskogler/Petar Jovanovic (MSU) 6-4

3. Isac Stromberg/Noah Schlagenhauf (OM) vs. Benito Sanchez Martinez/Michal Novansky (MSU) 5-5, unfinished

Order of finish: (2,1)


1. No. 68 Nikola Slavic (OM) def.
Nemanja Malesevic (MSU) 7-5, 6-2

2. John Hallquist Lithen (OM) def. No. 107 Petar Jovanovic (MSU) 6-0, 6-7 (1-7), 7-6 (7-4)

3. No. 113 Carles Hernandez (MSU) def. Simon Junk (OM) 7-5, 2-6, 6-4

4. Ewen Lumsden (MSU) def. Lukas Engelhardt (OM) 6-1, 6-2

5. Noah Schlagenhauf (OM) def. Benito Sanchez Martinez (MSU) 2-6, 7-5, 6-1

6. Gregor Ramskogler (MSU) def. Isac Stromberg (OM) 6-4, 6-3

Order of finish: (4,6,1,5,2,3)

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