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Mississippi State – Official Athletics Website

STARKVILLE – It would be hard for Hollywood to script a better ending Nemanja Malesevic And by Carles Hernandez legendary careers at the AJ Pitts Tennis Center.

Mississippi State’s senior duo won their last two singles matches at home by just minutes to win the Starkville Regional championship 4-0 over No. 37 Middle Tennessee and send the 15e– advanced Bulldogs back to the Sweet 16 for the fifth time in the last six seasons.

“I’m really proud that the seniors are the last two to make a push,” the head coach said Matt Roberts. “I’m happy for ‘Memo’ and Carles and everything they have done for the program. Now it’s time for the next step of this year’s journey.”

Malesevic – ranked 47e nationally in singles – defeated No. 44 Leo Raquin in straight sets 6-4, 6-3 to give MSU a 3-0 lead. It was Malesevic’s seventh singles win this season and 24e of his career.

“It couldn’t get much better,” Malesevic said. “I played well and the team played well. We won 4-0 and usually we have closer battles with Middle Tennessee. This year we lost on their place, so it feels special.”

Moments later, Hernandez brought a packed house – including his parents from Spain – to its feet as he put away Ondrej Horak 6-3, 6-1 to put the Starkville Regional on his court for the second year in a row.

“It feels special,” Hernandez said. “It was my last (home) match and I wanted to enjoy it as much as possible. I had my parents here and I wanted to do it for them and do it for the crowd and my teammates. I went there first in doubles with Dusan Milanović and then myself into singles and left it all out there. I couldn’t be prouder and I’m very happy.”

The day started with the Bulldogs winning the doubles point for the eighth consecutive match. Hernández and partner Dusan Milanović Marcel Kamrowski and Javier Cueto Ramos defeated Marcel Kamrowski and Javier Cueto Ramos 6-3 to start the afternoon. Malesevic and Michal Novanski topped it off by defeating the Blue Raider (21-10) tandem of Jakub Kroslak and Shu Matsuoka 7-5.

That doubles match ended with number 11 Petar Jovanović And Benito Sánchez Martinez leading MTSUs 28e-ranked tandem of Horak and Raquin 5-3.

Singles also started well for Mississippi State as the Bulldogs won the first set on all six courts. Roberto Ferrer Guimaraes was the first to finish when he defeated Cueto Ramos 6-3, 6-3. It was the second straight day the freshman was victorious in his first NCAA Championships appearance.

“It was an unreal feeling,” said Ferrer Guimaraes. “Just having the crowd here in front of me with all the support, I just tried to use as much energy as I could. Of course there are nerves and pressure here and there, but I have played a long season and a lot of games to win.” to deal with it.”

MSU shutout both opponents in the Starkville Regional by a combined score of 8-0 and improved to 19-7 on the year. The Bulldogs will take on top-ranked Ohio State in the Columbus Super Regional next Saturday at 11 a.m. CT.

No. 15 Mississippi State 4, No. 37 Middle Tennessee 0
AJ Pitts Tennis Center | Starkville, Miss.
May 4, 2024

Double

1. No. 11 Petar Jovanović/Benito Sánchez Martinez (MS) vs. No. 28 Ondrej Horak/Leo Raquin (MTSU) 5-3, incomplete
2. Carles Hernández/Dusan Milanović (MS) final. Marcel Kamrowski/Javier Cueto Ramos (MTSU) 6-3
3. Nemanja Malesevic/Michal Novanski (MS) final. Jakub Kroslak/Shu Matsuoka (MTSU) 7-5
Order of finishing: (2,3)

Singles

1. No. 47 Nemanja Malesevic (MS) final. No. 44 Leo Raquin (MTSU) 6-4, 6-3
2. No. 48 Petar Jovanović (MS) vs. Marcel Kamrowski (MTSU) 7-6(3), 4-2, incomplete
3. Carles Hernández (MS) final. Ondrej Horak (MTSU) 6-3, 6-1
4. Benito Sánchez Martinez (MS) vs. Jakub Kroslak (MTSU) 6-4, 4-4, incomplete
5. Dusan Milanović (MS) vs. Demis Taramonlis (MTSU) 6-2, 3-5, unfinished
6. Roberto Ferrer Guimaraes (MS) final. Javier Cueto Ramos (MTSU) 6-3, 6-3
Order of finishing: (6,1,3)

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