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Mississippi State Bulldogs set for Tennis Doubleheader

The Mississippi State Bulldogs have a chance to move to 11-0 at the A.J. Pitts Tennis Centre with wins in a doubleheader against Arkansas and Nicholls State today.

Ranked at No. 69, Florian Lakat will help lead the MSU singles attack Sunday
Ranked at No. 69, Florian Lakat will help lead the MSU singles attack Sunday
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The No. 22 Mississippi State Bulldogs (14-7, 4-3) have a chance to tie the mark for the best home tennis record since 1998 with wins in a doubleheader scheduled today at the A.J. Pitts Tennis Centre against No. 71 Arkansas and Nicholls State.

The 1998 squad went 11-0 at home, and this year's team improved to 9-0 in Starkville with a 4-2 victory over LSU Friday. In that matchup, No. 69 Florian Lakat, Tassilo Schmid, Rishab Agarwal, and Jordan Angus all picked up wins on the singles court to give Mississippi State a win after dropping the doubles point to open the contest.

Lakat and Angus, both of whom have 17 wins this season, will lead the Bulldogs again on Sunday.  Also in the singles line up will be seniors No. 91 Malte Stroop and Zach White. Agarwall, Schmid and Robin Haden will also be in the line up.

On the doubles courts, the No. 40 ranked team of Angus and Stroop will lead the way. Agarwall and White, who lead the team with nine doubles victories and Lakat and Schmid will round out the other two spots.

Arkansas enters the contest after dropping a 4-2 decision against Ole Miss Friday in Oxford. The Razorbacks will present an early test in the doubles point as they boast two nationally ranked doubles teams in No. 59 Hall Fess and Pete Thomason and No. 78 Manfred Jeske and Mike Nott.

The Razorbacks will also be led by a familiar face as former Mississippi State coach Andy Jackson will lead Arkansas to Starkville.  Jackson, with 220 wins, still holds the top spot for all-time wins at Mississippi State.

The Bulldogs face Arkansas 1 pm and the Colonels at 5 pm.