The South Dakota State women’s tennis team is in the process of competition at the Air Force Invitational in Colorado…
Due to poor weather conditions, the majority of the invitational moved inside, causing large time delays in play.
Doubles competition opened on Friday in three flights: Alpha, Bravo and Charlie.
Ffion Davies and Tacy Haws-Lay posted the best finish of any SDSU doubles team. Competing in the “Charlie” bracket, Davies and Haws-Lay defeated Buxton and Pick of Colorado State 8-3 in the first round. The duo dropped its second-round match 8-6 to Tran and Meyers of host-school Air Force and finished in seventh place.
Singles play competed minimally on Friday with, at best, first-round matches being played.
Jenny Blackburne won her first match in the “Charlie” bracket. Blackburne dropped the first set 6-0 to Molina of Air Force, but stormed back to take the second set 6-0 and the third-set super tiebreaker 14-12. Blackburne lost in the quarterfinals to Jamieson of Illinois.
In the “Golf” bracket, Tiffany Filipovich made a run. Filipovich defeated Wegleitner of Colorado 6-7, 6-3, 10-6, and Henning of Northern Colorado 6-1, 6-2. She dropped her semifinal match to Hueffner of Air Force and finished in fourth place.
"We were able to get exactly what we wanted out of the weekend," head coach Michael Engdahl said. "The level of competition was definitely a step up and where we want to be as a program. Every girl was able to gain experience that is going to help us in the spring. Most importantly, we proved to ourselves that we belong among the top teams. If we are able to learn from this weekend and continue to work hard, we are going to be a dangerous team in the spring."
Complete results are available at the beginning of this article.
The Jacks return to action Oct. 18 at the ITA Regionals Qualifying. Competition is scheduled all day in Tulsa, Okla.