The South Dakota State men's tennis team won its regular season finale against Oral Roberts 5-2 and clinched a spot in the Summit League tournament...
The Jacks rebounded from a shutout loss on Friday to UMKC with a win over ORU to claim the No. 4 seed at the league tournament.
In doubles, SDSU won at No. 1 and No. 2 and earned a default at No. 3 to take the team point. Parker Lawley and James Thorp paired at No. 1 for a 9-8 (7-5) win. Justin Pyle and Dominic Rossetto teamed up for an 8-3 win at No. 2.
In singles, Oral Roberts took the top two matches, but the Jacks ran the table en route to the 5-2 win. Lawley and Thorp won at No. 3 and No. 4, respectively, while Alejandro Marin scored a 6-2, 6-3 win at No. 5. SDSU received a default at No. 6.
"Today's win feels great for everyone, especially the seniors," head coach Michael Engdahl said. "Dominic Rossetto and Justin Pyle have put in a lot of time on the tennis court, wearing the Jackrabbit uniform and they certainly earned this trip to the finals."
Complete results from today's meet are available at the beginning of this article.
SDSU ends the regular season with a 7-13 overall record and 2-3 conference record.
"It is also a great win for our program," said Engdahl. "Even though we will enter the tournament as the No. 4 seed, it proves we can compete with any team in the Summit League. I am proud of how hard the team worked this year and looking forward to playing more tennis next weekend."
The semifinals for the conference tournament take place on Friday, April 27, in Kansas City, Mo. Time and opponent are to be determined.
It is the first trip to the Summit League tournament for the Jacks.