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Men's tennis adds six...

Courtesy: SDSU Sports Info
Release: 08/07/2012 10:05:43
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The South Dakota State men's tennis team and head coach Michael Engdahl added six student-athletes to its 2012-13 roster...


SDSU makes the announcement on the heels of the women's tennis team adding three for the upcoming season.


Luke Elifson, Andrea Boglić, Lucas Pereira, Henrique Pereira, Mateus Moreira and Luis Duque join the team from all over the world and increase the roster size from four to 10.

Elifson joins the team from Minneapolis, where he was a two-time high school state doubles champion. He is currently the No. 7 recruit in the state and ranked No. 436 in the nation.

"Luke is a great addition to the tennis program," Engdahl said. "He was able to win back-to-back state titles in Minnesota, which is very impressive. He has tremendous potential and upside to his game and I think college tennis is going to bring out the best in him."


Boglić transferred to SDSU from South Alabama. A native of Umag, Croatia, he was consistently ranked in the top-30 for juniors and is ranked in the top-150 in the open division. He played multiple ITF tournaments and made the main draw in G1 level tournaments, as well.


"Andrea comes with Division I experience," said Engdahl. "He won some quality matches at the Division I level, so he knows what to expect on the tennis court. His experience and work ethic will help the team tremendously."


Pereira, Pereira and Moreira all hail from Brazil, as Lucas Pereira is from Parana and Henrique and Mateus are from Belo Horizonte.


Lucas placed second at state his senior year, Henrique won state and national tournaments and reached qualifying finals in ATP Challenger Tour, and Mateus reached a national ranking of No. 11 in 2012 with championships at the Minas Cup (singles) and Goias tennis circuit (doubles).


"Lucas, Henrique and Mateus all come from outstanding tennis backgrounds," Engdahl said. "They have been top-ranked juniors in Brazil and are going to bring the grinder mentality to the tennis program. Their national and international success prepared them well for Division I tennis. It is going to be fun to watch them have successful college careers."


Duque joins Alejandro Marin as the second Jackrabbit from the country of Columbia. He posted impressive results throughout his career, with 20 national singles titles and 28 national doubles titles. He was the top-ranked player in the region the past two years.


"Luis has a very impressive tennis resume," said Engdahl. "His game really improved over the last year during the time he spent at an academy in Canada. He had an impressive junior career playing in tournaments all over the world. He worked extremely hard to get to this level and he is gong to make a great Jackrabbit."


The roster is predominantly international talent, as seven of the 10 student-athletes are from outside the United States.


The team opens the fall season at the Bradley Invite on Sept. 14 in Peoria, Ill. The complete 2012-13 schedule is available on GoJacks.com.

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