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Four champions in Omaha...

Courtesy: SDSU Sports Info
Release: 09/30/2012 19:25:20
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The South Dakota State men's and women's tennis teams combined for four champions at the Omaha Invite this weekend...

Parker Lawley was the only SDSU player in the second flight, but he made his spot count. Lawley defeated his Northern Colorado counterpart 7-6 (7-3), 6-1 in the first round and a Creighton player 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 in the second round. Lawley won the Flight B championship on Sunday over an Omaha opponent, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.

Henrique Pereira beat a Creighton player 6-1, 6-2 in the first round and a UND opponent in the second round 6-0, 6-1. H. Pereira won the Flight C championship on Sunday over a Northern Colorado player, 6-2, 6-1.

Mateus Moreira defeated a Creighton opponent 7-5, 7-5 in the first round and a Northern Colorado opponent in the second round 2-6, 6-4, 6-3. Moreira defeated a UND player for the Flight D championship on Sunday, 7-5, 6-2.

Tacy Haws-Lay and Ffion Davies competed in Flight C and defeated a Northern Colorado pair 8-2 and a USD team 8-1. Haws-Lay and Davies won the Flight C championship with an 8-1 win on Sunday.

Men

The men’s side was divided into three doubles flights and five singles flights, with multiple teams from one school allowed in the same flight.

In the top doubles flight, Parker Lawley/Luke Elifson and James Thorp/Andrea Boglić played against the best teams at the Invite. Lawley and Elifson were edged in a tiebreaker 9-8 (7-4), while Thorp and Boglic were bested 8-6. The two teams moved into the lower bracket to play their way back for fifth place. Lawley and Elifson won 8-4 over a team from Omaha, while Thorp and Boglic defeated a team 8-2. The two teams were scheduled to play for fifth place on Sunday, but did not play it out.

Henrique Pereira/Mateus Moreira and Lucas Pereira/Luis Duque competed in the second flight. H. Pereira and Moreira advanced to the second round with an 8-3 victory over a team from UND, while L. Pereira and Duque lost 8-6 to a Creighton duo. H. Pereira and Moreira lost in the second round 9-7 against an Omaha pair and won the third-place match on Sunday, 8-6. L. Pereira and Duque won 8-5 over a Northern Colorado team in the lower bracket and won the fifth-place match on Sunday, 9-8.

In singles, James Thorp and Andrea Boglić competed in the top flight. Thorp lost to a Northern Colorado opponent 6-1, 6-1, while Boglic was bested by a Creighton opponent 2-6, 6-1, 7-5 in the first round. In the lower bracket, Thorp defeated the No. 2 player from UND 3-6, 7-6 (8-6), 10-3 and Boglic defeated a player from Omaha 6-2, 6-3. The two were scheduled to play for fifth on Sunday, but did not play it out.

Luis Duque also played in the third flight for the Jacks. Duque was forced to withdraw due to injury midway through his first-round match.

Luke Elifson played in the fourth flight, as well. Elifson lost 7-5, 6-3 to his UND counterpart in the first round, but defeated an opponent from Omaha 6-3, 6-2 in the lower bracket. Elifson finished in sixth place on Sunday.

Lucas Pereira closes out singles play in Flight E. L. Pereira defeated two opponents on Saturday, besting his Omaha opponent 6-0, 6-2 and his Creighton foe 7-5, 6-3. L. Pereira dropped the championship match on Sunday.

Women

Brooke Henry and Beatriz Souza competed in the top doubles flight. The duo lost its first-round match to a Creighton team 8-3, but defeated a South Dakota pair in the lower bracket 8-1. Henry/Souza beat a USD pair for fifth place on Sunday, 8-4.

In the second flight, Jenny Blackburne and Florencia Magni posted two wins en route to the championship match. The two defeated an Omaha team 8-3 in the first round and a Creighton team 8-5 in the second round. Blackburne and Magni finished in second place on Sunday.

Tiffany Filipovich also closed out doubles play in Flight C. Filipovich played a non-traditional invite, teaming up with a USD player for two wins.

At the top singles spot, Blackburne was a 7-6, 6-1 winner over an Omaha opponent in the first round, but was bested by a Creighton player in the second. Blackburne finished in fourth on Sunday.

Florencia Magni and Beatriz Souza played in the second flight. Souza was eliminated with two losses, a three-set loss in the first round and an injury default in the lower bracket. Magni dropped her first-round match to an Omaha player in three sets, but won in the lower bracket 6-0, 6-1 over a UND opponent. Magni finished in sixth on Sunday.

In the third flight Ffion Davies was the lone Jackrabbit. Davies defeated a USD opponent 6-2, 6-3 and a Northern Colorado player 4-6, 6-1, 6-1. Davies finished second in Flight C.

Tacy Haws-Lay and Tiffany Filipovich competed in the fourth flight. Both lost in the first round. Filipovich won in the lower bracket over an Omaha foe 6-4, 6-3 and placed sixth on Sunday. Haws-Lay dropped her second match and finished seventh.

Brooke Henry was the last SDSU competitor in Flight E. Henry won her first match 6-1, 6-1, but was bested in the second round 6-0, 6-1. Henry defeated her USD counterpart for third on Sunday, 6-1, 5-7, 10-6.

"Overall it was a great weekend of tennis," head coach Michael Engdahl said. "We were able to win three singles flights on the men's side, which is awesome. The women also played extremely well for their first tournament of the year. We were on court for 11 hours on Saturday and seven hours on Sunday. These weekends can get very long, but I thought we showed great focus for the entire tournament. We also gained some valuable confidence that will help us the rest of the fall and into the dual match season."

Complete results are available at the beginning of this article.

Next up for the women is the Air Force Invitational. Competition is scheduled for Oct. 5-7 in Colorado Springs, Colo.

The next men's event is the ITA Regionals Qualifying in Minneapolis, Minn. Competition is set for Oct. 18.

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