Jacks top Jags
The South Dakota State men’s tennis team topped IUPUI 4-3 in its weekend finale at Kansas City on Saturday.
After a tough defeat versus host Kansas City, the Jacks responded with a narrow win versus 2012 Summit League runner-up IUPUI.
SDSU opened the meet strong with a sweep in doubles. The Jacks won every match by at least one service break for the team point.
James Thorp and Mateus Moreira posted the greatest margin of victory with an 8-3 win versus Deon Shafer and Thomas Gans at No. 2. Parker Lawley and Andrea Boglić doubled up Nick Volz and Jacob Bradley 8-4 at No. 1 and Lucas Pereira and Henrique Pereira won by one break versus Jake Hedderig and Jason Jaruvang 8-5 at No. 3.
Thanks to the doubles point, the Jacks needed to win only three singles matches to win the meet and that is exactly what happened.
Lawley was the highest winner on the ladder with a 6-3, 7-6 (7-2) win at No. 3 versus Shafer. The tiebreaker was the only 12-point tiebreaker played in the meet.
H. Pereira needed three sets to finish Hedderig at No. 4. After a shutout loss in the first set, H. Pereira won the second and third sets 7-5, 6-2, for the win.
Thorp was the final Jackrabbit winner with a straight-set win versus Bradley at No. 5. Thorp’s 6-2, 6-4 win was one of three straight-set matches.
IUPUI won at No. 1, No. 2 and No. 6, but it was not enough.
“The boys should be proud of the way they played today,” head coach Michael Engdahl said. “They earned every point. When we have high energy, we are a dangerous team. We played a complete match with high energy. I think we shocked The Summit League a bit today, but we did not shock ourselves. IUPUI is a great team and played one of the toughest non-conference schedules in the league, so their record does not reflect how great of a team they are. It is a win that feels great today, but we need to stay focused and keep moving forward.”
SDSU improved to 6-9 overall, 1-1 in The Summit League.
IUPUI dropped to 2-14 after the loss in its first league meet.
Next up for the Jacks is a trip to the east for meets at Valparaiso and Chicago State. The road trip opens in Valparaiso, Ind. at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 30 and concludes in Chicago, Ill. at Noon on Monday, April 1.