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Jacks split with Presbyterian

Courtesy: SDSU Sports Info
Release: 03/06/2013 08:39:56

The South Dakota State women's tennis team prevailed 5-2 versus Presbyterian on Tuesday, but the men fell 6-1.

The two teams played late into the night, with the last point being scored as the clock approached midnight on the east coast.

On the women's side, SDSU scored the team doubles point after clutch play at No. 1 doubles. The Blue Hose won 8-4 at No. 2, but Beatriz Souza and Florencia Magni continued their solid play at No. 3 with an 8-5 win versus Haley Elliott and Caroline deLoach.

In the decisive match, Ffion Davies and Jenny Blackburne outlasted Greer Ransom and Lindsay Krause in a tiebreaker 7-5 to secure the match and the team point.

After the confidence boost in doubles, the Jacks won four of the six singles matches, three in straight sets.

Davies continued her spectacular start with a three-set win versus Patricia Alves at No. 2 singles. Davies lost the first set 6-4, but rebounded with second- and third-set wins, 6-3, 6-4.

Blackburne, Souza and Tacy Haws-Lay won at the next three spots in straight sets.

Blackburne and Souza played each other's doubles opponent in singles, as Blackburne defeated deLoach 7-5, 6-3 at No. 3 and Souza defeated Krause 7-6 (7-2), 6-3 at No. 4. Haws-Lay won in more convincing fashion versus Kayla Stanford at No. 5, 6-2, 6-1.

PC won at No. 1 in a full third set and at No. 6 in straight sets.

"Presbyterian is a school with a great tennis program, so it was an awesome win for the girls," head coach Michael Engdahl said. "They competed with belief and with a "winner" mentality. The girls are starting to realize they belong and can compete with anybody."

The win pushed the SDSU women's tennis team record to 7-6. SDSU has won five of its last six meets. The Jacks take one day off before facing St. Joseph's (Pa.) on Thursday at 11:30 a.m. in Orlando, Fla.

The men struggled a bit, as the Blue Hose won multiple tiebreakers en route to a 6-1 win.

In doubles, Presbyterian won the team doubles point with wins of 8-2 and 8-3 at No. 2 and No. 3, respectively. Parker Lawley and Andrea Boglić dominated the top doubles spot in an 8-3 win versus William O'Connell and Andrew Brigham.

But it was not enough, as PC led after doubles.

In singles, there were three tiebreakers in the six matches, but SDSU only won one tiebreaker and one match.

Lawley continued his rise in singles play with a three-set win versus Rafael Berghaus at No. 4. The two matched each other's effort and split the first two sets, as Lawley won the first 6-3, but Berghaus won the second 6-3. In the third and decisive set, the two went back-and-forth and played to a 6-6 tie. Even the tiebreaker needed extra points, but eventually Lawley outlasted his opponent 7-6 (8-6).

Unfortunately for SDSU, this is where the team scoring ended.

James Thorp played Brigham tough at No. 5, but was unable to keep pace in the third set as Brigham won 6-4, 4-6, 6-2.

"Parker had a tremendous win tonight and it took a ton of mental strength for him to pull out the win," said Engdahl. "The guys had the fight and still need to pull out a good win to get the belief. If they stay focused, it is only a matter of time before the big win comes."

"Both teams had great energy tonight," Engdahl said.

The loss dropped the SDSU men's tennis team record to 3-8. The Jacks take one day off before facing St. Joseph's (Pa.) on Thursday at 11:30 a.m. in Orlando, Fla.

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