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Tennis teams split in Kirksville...

Courtesy: SDSU Sports Info
Release: 04/04/2012 19:58:16

The South Dakota State women's tennis team shutout Truman State on Wednesday, but the men fell short...

Both teams played a competition unlike typical Summit League play, as each doubles match counted for one team point.

On the women's side, the Jacks swept the doubles competition to take a three-point team lead. Jenny Blackburne and Brooke Henry teamed up for a one-break win at No. 1, 8-6. Bryna Nasenbeny and Megan McDougall matched their feat at No. 2, while Natalia Medina and Anna Botzet were a bit more convincing at No. 3, 8-4.

In singles, SDSU took the top three singles matches to shorten the remainder of the meet. Nasenbeny cruised to a 6-2, 6-3 win at No. 1. Blackburne took the first set 7-5, but dropped the second and needed a 10-6 third set super tiebreaker to earn the win at No. 2. Henry won 6-3, 6-2 at No. 3, which allowed the remaining matches to play eight-game pro sets. McDougall, Medina and Botzet each won their pro set at No. 4, 5 and 6, respectively.

The Jacks swept Truman State 9-0 and improved to 7-10 overall.

On the men's side, SDSU fell behind 2-1 after doubles and only managed a split in singles, which was not enough.

In doubles, Justin Pyle and Dominic Rossetto posted a solid win at No. 2, 8-1, but the Jacks did not pull out the other two. Parker Lawley and James Thorp were bested in a tiebreaker at No. 1, 9-8 (7-4), and Christian Maki and Morgan Salo fell by one break, 8-5.

In singles, the two teams went every other in singles wins, beginning with Truman State at No. 1. Rossetto posted a straight-set victory at No. 2 to even the score. Lawley dropped a third-set super tiebreaker at No. 3. Thorp pulled out a tight win at No. 4, 6-4, 7-5. Alejandro Marin was also edged in a third-set super tiebreaker at No. 5. Maki closed out the wins for SDSU at No. 6 by the same score as Thorp, but it was not enough.

The meet ended 5-4 in favor of Truman State and SDSU dropped to 5-12 overall.

Complete results from today's meets are available at the beginning of this article.

Both teams travel to St. Louis, Mo., to face Missouri-St. Louis tomorrow. Meet times are set for 10 a.m.

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