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Jacks lasso Mavericks...

Courtesy: SDSU Sports Info
Release: 02/11/2012 12:56:14

The South Dakota State men's and women's tennis teams each earned victories on Friday night over Nebraska Omaha...

The men had slightly easier sledding, defeating the Mavericks 6-1.

SDSU swept the doubles competition for the lone doubles point. James Thorp and Parker Lawley won 8-5 at No. 1. Dominic Rossetto and Justin Pyle won at No 2, while Christian Maki and Morgan Salo won at No. 3. Both of those were 8-6 scores.

The Jacks also rolled in the singles competition, taking the top five matches.

Pyle and Thorp posted the most convincing victories. Pyle won 6-3, 6-1 at No. 1, while Thorp won 6-0, 6-3 at No. 4.

Lawley continued his stellar play by pulling out a third-set super tiebreaker 10-7.

"All of our men played great today," head coach Michael Engdahl said. "I thought everyone showed great composure and took the match one point at a time. It can be tough to travel and play in the same day, but everyone was able to focus and find their legs right away. It was a great match for us."

The women pulled out a tight decision, beating UNO 4-3.

SDSU swept the doubles competition in that match, as well, but split the singles decisions.

Brooke Henry and Jenny Blackburne posted an 8-5 decision at No. 1 doubles, while Bethany Goeden and Anna Botzet teamed up at No. 3 for an 8-4 win. Megan McDougall and Bryna Nasenbeny pulled out a close match 9-8 to sweep the team point.

In singles, Blackburne rolled to a win at No. 2 singles, 6-0, 6-3, as did McDougall at No. 4, 6-2, 6-0.

The match came down to No. 6 singles. where Botzet fought off a match point to win the deciding match in a third-set tiebreaker, 7-6 (7-5).

"We could not be more proud of the way Anna played today," said Engdahl. "It happened to be her first college dual match and she was immediately put into a high-pressure situation. To fight off a match point in the midst of a 3-3 team score shows a lot of character and she was able to rise to the occasion. All of the girls had tremendous fights today and played hard until the last point. You cannot ask for much more than that."

The SDSU women's tennis team improved to 1-1 with the win.

Results from both the men's and women's match are available above.

The Jacks continue competition in Nebraska on Saturday against Creighton.

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