Tennis teams win...
The South Dakota State men's and women's tennis teams defeated North Dakota in the lone home meets of the season...
The men's team swept UND 7-0 without dropping a single match.
"Overall, I am extremely happy with today," head coach Michael Engdahl said. "The guys were ready to play from the first point. We played last weekend at Bradley, which helped with the energy and strategy. I am happy with the results and the way people responded, and I am happy with the weather for our first and only home meet."
All three doubles teams jumped out to an early lead, leading 5-2, 5-0 and 5-0 at one point in the meet. The teams closed out the matches to secure the team point.
"On the men's side, our doubles teams click," Engdahl said. "Our No. 1 and 2 doubles teams click and our No. 3 doubles, who just started playing together one week ago, clicked right away."
In singles, Boglić won 6-2, 6-2 at the top spot. Lawley was a 6-4, 6-0 winner at the No. 2 position, a match-up of former North Dakota high school state champions.
Thorp, a senior and playing in the only home meet of his career, won the first set in a tiebreaker at No. 3, as did Elifson at No. 5. Both won the second set and the match.
"It was great to have both the men's and women's teams out here playing together," Thorp said. "We do not get to travel that much together, so it was good to support each other."
H. Pereira and Luis Duque were straight-set winners at No. 4 and No. 6, respectively.
“We have a lot of new guys," said Thorp. "The young guys are doing really
well and we have a few returners, so we have the leadership, as well. It was
good for the younger guys to experience a dual match, especially in the fall,
so they know what to expect in the spring and at the conference tournament."
The women's team won 6-1 with strong performances in the middle of the lineup.
UND was without players for No. 3 doubles or No. 5 and 6 singles.
The Jacks, in essence, opened the meet with a 2-0 team lead, but needed one of the two doubles matches to secure the team point.
"The girls had a lot of nerves; a lot of first matches for people today," Engdahl said. "We have eight or nine players who are not familiar with the format and did not know what to expect. We did our best to simulate a meet in practice, but it is nothing like the collegiate tennis experience."
In singles, Davies, Blackburne and Tacy Haws-Lay were straight-set winners at No. 2, 3 and 4, respectively. SDSU also scored team points via forfeits at the No. 5 and 6 spots.
Magni, whose match spanned the entire meet time, lost at the top spot.
Both the men's and women's tennis teams are headed to Omaha, Neb., for the Omaha Collegiate Invite. Competition is scheduled for the entire weekend.
"Competition will be similar; there are good teams at the Omaha Invite," said Engdahl. "It will be a great experience and an opportunity for our players to build confidence. The word for our teams is potential. If we can get the confidence behind our potential, we will be very good teams."