Tennis looks to build off strong 2013-14 showing
The South Dakota State tennis teams are both looking to build off of historic 2013-14 campaigns and continue to climb the ranks of the Summit League.
The Jackrabbit women went 18-8, while the men compiled a 16-8 record. The SDSU women went a program-best 5-1 in league matches, while the men went 3-2. Both were ousted by Fort Wayne in the semifinals of the Summit League Championships.
"Every player on the roster contributed to our success last season," fourth-year head coach Michael Engdahl said. "Our wins did not come from the same individuals each match, which speaks volumes to the way our teams competed and took care of their court.
For the first time in Engdahl's tenure, SDSU will boast a lineup with experience, as the Jackrabbit men did not lose anyone to graduation, while the women only lost Jenny Blackburne.
On the men's side, SDSU will be led by a trio of seniors in Andrea Boglic, Parker Lawley and Gary Notkin. The women will look to junior Ffion Davies, Tacy Haws-Lay, Florencia Magni and Beatriz Souza to lead on and off the court, while also relying on Iasmin Rosa, who looks to build off of one of the best individual seasons in program history where she tallied 25 wins.
"We have to make sure we continue to have a sense of urgency," Engdahl said. "Our focus will be staying hungry because we still haven't reached our goals."
The SDSU men will open the fall season on Sept. 5-6 at the Art Peterson Invitational in Macomb, Ill., while the women will wait until Sept. 19-21 to travel to the Gopher Invitational in Minneapolis. The ITA Regionals take place Oct. 9-13 for the men and Oct. 16-20 for the women.
The Jackrabbit men will make their spring debut Jan. 17 at Minnesota, while the women travel to Butler on Jan. 23. The Summit League Championships will be held in Fort Wayne, Ind., on April 24-26.