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Jacks narrowly edged twice...

Courtesy: SDSU Sports Info
Release: 03/07/2012 11:40:23

The South Dakota State women's tennis team dropped its opening match in Orlando against Sacred Heart on Monday...

The Jacks had a rocky start, as Sacred Heart won all three doubles matches to secure the doubles point. Natalia Medina and Anna Botzet came close, but were bested at No. 3 in a tiebreaker, 8-7 (7-4).

In singles, SDSU rebounded thanks to a strong effort at the top of the lineup. Bryna Nasenbeny set the tone with a win at No. 1 singles. Nasenbeny took the first set 6-4, but dropped the second set 6-1. After splitting the first two, the match played a full third set to decide the match, which Nasenbeny won 6-3.

Sacred Heart secured two wins at No. 2 and No. 3, despite a strong effort from Jenny Blackburne at No. 2 in which she battled back after a 6-1 first-set loss, but lost in three sets.

Megan McDougall also played to three sets at No. 4 singles, prevailing 2-6, 6-2, 6-1.

Medina posted a result similar to Blackburne, falling in three sets, including one which was decided in a tiebreaker.

Botzet closed out the scoring for the Jacks with a straight-set victory at No. 6.

"We came out a bit shaky in doubles, getting used to playing outdoors and in the warmer weather," head coach Michael Engdahl said. "However, in singles, this was by far the most energy and fight we have showed all year. This was a huge improvement from the 6-1 loss they gave us last year, where we lost all of our matches in straight sets. Both teams returned the same group of core players, so we cannot be happier with the improvements we have been able to make this year. It is only a matter of time before these matches start tipping our way."

On Tuesday, SDSU started well, but was unable to close out Southern Ill.-Edwardsville in Ft. Myers...

The Jacks scored the doubles point, as Jenny Blackburne and Brooke Henry won at No. 1, while Bryna Nasenbeny and Megan McDougall won at No. 2.

In singles, Nasenbeny and Blackburne continued their stellar play with straight-set wins at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively. Nasenbeny needed a first-set tiebreaker to take the lead and hold on 76 (7-3), 6-3, while Blackburne won rather handily, 6-3, 6-4.

The rest of the lineup struggled, however, as Henry dropped a three-set match at No. 3, and McDougall fell in a tight match at No. 4, 7-5, 7-5.

Complete results from both meets are available at the beginning of this article.

Next up the Jacks continue the five matches, five days road trip in Orlando against Robert Morris. Meet time is set for 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday.

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