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Jacks win two in Omaha

Courtesy: SDSU Sports Info
Release: 04/11/2013 16:49:05
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The South Dakota State women's tennis team beat Oakland 4-1 and shutout South Dakota 4-0 at The Summit League cluster on Thursday in Omaha.

Due to time restraints, tennis meets at the cluster are played until a team decision is reached.

In the opening meet, the Jacks needed only singles to defeat the Golden Grizzlies 4-1. All completed singles matches were straight-set results.

Florencia Magni defeated Emily Raidt at the top spot, 6-3, 6-3.

Jenny Blackburne needed an extra game versus Tamara Blum in the first set at No. 3, but shutout her opponent in the second for a 7-5, 6-0 win.

Beatriz Souza needed a tiebreaker in the first set versus Cam Sabourin at No. 4, but nearly matched Blackburne's feat with a convincing second set for a 7-6, 6-1 win.

Tacy Haws-Lay made quick work of Grace Keating at No. 5 with a 6-1, 6-1 win.

Oakland scored its lone point with a win at No. 6, but was unable to secure any other matches. Ffion Davies split sets at No. 2 with Karine Celis, but the match was unfinished.

No doubles matches were played.

SDSU 4, Oakland 1

Singles
1. Florencia Magni def. Emily Raidt, 6-3, 6-3
2. Ffion Davies vs. Karine Celis, 6-1, 4-6, unfinished
3. Jenny Blackburne def. Tamara Blum, 7-5, 6-0
4. Beatriz Souza def. Cam Sabourin, 7-6, 6-1
5. Tacy Haws-Lay def. Grace Keating, 6-1, 6-1
6. Juliana Guevara def. Tiffany Filipovich, 6-3, 6-2

Doubles
Did not start

In the second meet of the day, the Jacks won the team doubles point and three singles matches to shutout the Coyotes 4-0.

In doubles, Ffion Davies and Jenny Blackburne dominated at the top spot versus Milica Pavlovic and Maria Tortosa Bernabeu in an 8-1 win.

Beatriz Souza and Florencia Magni bested Davies and Blackburne with an 8-0 win versus Veronika Makashov and Nina Barudzic at No. 3.

The No. 2 doubles match between Tacy Haws-Lay/Brooke Henry and Michelle Elkin and Hafsa Laraibi was unfinished with SDSU leading 6-3.

In singles, SDSU won three matches in straight sets to secure the meet.

Magni completed her undefeated day with a 6-2, 6-4 win versus Pavlovic at No. 1.  The wins pushed her Summit League record to 3-2 at the top spot.

Davies was able to complete her match with a 6-1, 6-1 win versus Elkin at No. 2. Her record improved to 15-4 overall, 11-2 at No. 2 singles and 3-1 in league competition.

Haws-Lay was SDSU's final winner on the day, but needed a second-set tiebreaker to defeat Makashov 6-4, 7-6 at No. 5.

Blackburne was on the verge of splitting sets with Laraibi at No. 2 and Souza led Barudzic 6-0, 2-0 at No. 4, but both matches were unfinished. The No. 6 match did not start.

SDSU 4, South Dakota 0

Doubles
1. Ffion Davies/Jenny Blackburne def. Milica Pavlovic/Maria Tortosa Bernabeu, 8-1
2. Tacy Haws-Lay/Brooke Henry vs. Michelle Elkin/Hafsa Laraibi, 6-3, unfinished
3. Beatriz Souza/Florencia Magni def. Veronika Makashov/Nina Barudzic, 8-0

Singles
1. Florencia Magni def. Milica Pavlovic, 6-2, 6-4
2. Ffion Davies def. Michelle Elkin, 6-1, 6-1
3. Jenny Blackburne vs. Hafsa Laraibi, 4-6, 5-2, unfinished
4. Beatriz Souza vs. Nina Barudzic, 6-0, 2-0, unfinished
5. Tacy Haws-Lay def. Veronika Makashov, 6-4, 7-6
6. Tiffany Filipovich vs. Yamini Reddy, did not start

"The girls played phenomenal tennis today," head coach Michael Engdahl said. "From a mental standpoint, we could not have been better. The girls were focused and professional for the entirety of both meets. For how young we are, it was very impressive and we played like a veteran team. We need to enjoy the wins tonight and keep the intensity up tomorrow versus Omaha."

The Jacks improved to 13-9 overall, 3-2 in The Summit League and third in the league standings.

Next up is cluster host Omaha at 2 p.m. on Friday, with the cluster and season finale versus IUPUI on Saturday at 9 a.m.

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