Jacks swept out of Championships...
The South Dakota State men's tennis team was swept by top seed UMKC in the semifinals of The Summit League Championships on Friday in Kansas City, Mo.
The Jacks and ‘Roos battled indoors at the Overland Park Racquet Club in Kansas City, Mo., due to inclement weather. The change of venue also pushed back the start time to 6 p.m.
In doubles, UMKC jumped on top with an 8-1 win at No. 3. With the loss at No. 3, the Jacks needed to win both No. 1 and No. 2 doubles to score the team point.
Justin Pyle and Dominic Rossetto played on serve at No. 2 until a ‘Roos break to go up 6-5. Despite strong returns in the following game, UMKC held to keep its slim advantage. Rossetto held in the next game to stay within one break, but a hold of service in the next game was all the ‘Roos needed to win the match 8-6 and score the team point.
At No. 1, Parker Lawley and James Thorp battled hard despite falling one break behind early in the match. The duo kept multiple points alive with remarkable volleys, but stayed at a one-break disadvantage as the match progressed. Up 5-3, UMKC pushed hard for another break of serve, but Lawley served out of trouble to stay within one break. The match was stopped at 6-4 in favor of UMKC because a doubles decision was reached.
Despite only four courts bunched, all singles players took the court to start. No. 1, 2, 3 and 4 played in the same section, while No. 5 and No. 6 played in a separate section.
Rossetto, Lawley and Alejandro Marin all played to early advantages at No. 2, 3 and 5, respectively.
Pyle swung hard at the top spot, making tough shots and hitting numerous winners, but was unable to overcome the steady play of the top ‘Roo.
At No. 6, Morgan Salo needed trainer assistance after an apparent hip injury, but was able to continue the match after a short break. Salo did not regain his footing, however, as UMKC added another match to the team score.
Marin was bested at No. 5 to close out the match.
Lawley capitalized with a first-set win after solid serving kept his opponent down and a late break of service sealed the set 6-3. The two split sets, but the match was unfinished because a meet decision was reached.
Rossetto needed an extra game to decide the first set at No. 2, but was outlasted 7-5. Thorp fell behind early in the first set at No. 4, but came back only to fall one break short. Both matches were unfinished.
The Jacks finish the season at 7-14 overall.
Complete results are available at the beginning of this article.