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Tennis competes out west

Courtesy: SDSU Sports Info
Release: 02/17/2013 23:21:25

The South Dakota State men's and women's tennis teams competed out west versus Metro State, Northern Colorado.

On Friday, both teams won at Metro State. The men's team won 7-2 and the women's team won 8-1.

On the men's side, SDSU secured the doubles point with a sweep of the doubles matches. Andrea Boglić and Parker Lawley were pushed to the limit at No. 1, but won the tiebreaker for a 9-8 (7-1) win. The Jacks completed the sweet with sound wins at No. 2 by James Thorp and Luke Elifson (8-5) and at No. 3 by Lucas Pereira and Henrique Pereira (8-2).

In singles, Metro State won at the top and bottom spots, but SDSU won all matches in between.

H. Pereira and Lawley won in convincing fashion at No. 2 and No. 3, respectively, by scores of 6-2, 6-0 and 6-2, 6-1. Thorp won the first-set tiebreaker 7-6 (7-4) at No. 4 and won the second by one break of serve. L. Pereira also won in straight sets at No. 5, 6-1, 6-2.

The win was SDSU's first of the young spring season.

On the women's side, SDSU dominated from start to finish, starting with doubles. The Jacks won the doubles point with a sweep. Ffion Davies and Jenny Blackburne won by one break of serve at No. 1 (8-5). Brooke Henry and Tacy Haws-Lay won 8-2 at No. 2 and Beatriz Souza and Florencia Magni won 8-3 at No. 3.

In singles, SDSU won at the top five spots to secure the meet.

Davies continued her stellar play with a 6-2, 6-2 win at the top spot. Magni won by an identical score at No. 2. Blackburne, Souza and Haws-Lay were all straight-set winners at No. 3, 4 and 5, respectively. None of the top five SDSU players lost more than two games in a single set.

The win pushed SDSU's record to 2-4 this season.

On Sunday, the Jacks lost at Northern Colorado. The women's team lost 6-0 and the men's team lost 4-3.

On the women's side, the Bears won two of the three doubles matches for the team point. Beatriz Souza and Florencia Magni were winners for the second time this weekend at No. 3 (8-2), but SDSU's other doubles teams both lost by one break.

In singles, three of the top four matches were decided in full third sets, but Northern Colorado won each third set.

Ffion Davies lost the first set 6-2, but rebounded for a 6-3 win in the second. In the third set, however, she was outlasted 6-4. Jenny Blackburne and Souza each won the first set at No. 2 and No. 4, respectively, but were unable to hold on in three-set losses.

The No. 6 singles match was unfinished, resulting in a 6-0 meet score.

The loss dropped SDSU to 2-5 this season. The women's team is back in action next weekend in Waterloo Iowa for three meets (Upper Iowa, Northern Iowa, Green Bay).

On the men's side, Northern Colorado swept the doubles matches for the team point. Mateus Moreira and Lucas Pereira fought hard at No 3, but lost by one break of service.

In singles, the Jacks were in every match, but needed four and were only able to muster a split. Moreira was a straight-set, 7-5, 7-5 winner at No. 2, as was Parker Lawley at No. 3 (7-5, 6-4). James Thorp dropped the first set 6-1, but forced a third set after a 6-4 second set and won the third 7-5. The Bears won the other three singles matches in straight sets.

The loss dropped the men's tennis team to 1-6 on the season. SDSU faces its second short turnaround in a meet tomorrow at Nebraska Wesleyan. Meet time is set for 1:30 p.m. in Lincoln.

Complete results from Saturday's and Sunday's meets are available at the beginning of this article.

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