Another split for SDSU tennis
The South Dakota State men's team outlasted St. Joseph's (Pa.) 4-3, but the women's team was grounded 6-1.
On the men's side, SDSU played multiple three-set matches and extra games, but won the majority and outlasted St. Joseph's (Pa.) 4-3.
In doubles, the Jacks secured the team point in comeback fashion with wins at No. 1 and No. 2.
Andrea Boglić and Parker Lawley played back-and-forth with Jeff Kessler and Dan Barrus, but earned a one-break advantage and made it hold up in an 8-5 win. James Thorp and Mateus Moreia needed an extra game to secure the 9-7 win versus Max Montague and Jose Sierra.
The wins followed the Hawks' win at No. 3 and shifted the momentum.
In singles, the two teams split matches, but it was enough for the SDSU win.
Boglić started the Jacks' scoring with a straight-set win at the top spot. He played Tommy Gates, who did not compete in doubles, and defeated him 6-4, 6-2.
St. Joseph's evened the meet score with straight-set wins at No. 3 and No. 6, but SDSU won two out of the three matches remaining for the win.
Henrique Pereira split the first two sets at No. 4 with Montague 6-2, 4-6. In the third set, H. Pereira did not leave any doubt with a 6-1 win. James Thorp played Kessler at No. 5 and dropped the first set 3-6. But in the second and third sets, Thorp took a page from H. Pereira's playbook and stifled his opponent 6-1, 6-1.
The two wins secured the meet for SDSU.
"Today was a big day for the men's team," head coach Michael Engdahl said. "We were down 3-6 at No. 2 doubles and we were able to battle back, win the match and score the team point. In singles, we avoided a letdown after doubles and played a complete meet. It was the type of match where we hopefully gained belief in our ability as a team."
The men improved to 4-8 with the win. SDSU closes out the spring trip tomorrow morning versus Montana State-Billings at 8 a.m.
SDSU 4 - SJU 3
1. Andrea Boglić def. Tommy Gates (SJU), 6-4, 6-2
2. Jose Sierra (SJU) def. Mateus Moreira, 6-4, 1-6, 6-4
3. Pierre Brondeau (SJU) def. Parker Lawley, 6-0, 6-1
4. Henrique Pereira def. Max Montague (SJU), 6-2, 4-6, 6-1
5. James Thorp def. Jeff Kessler (SJU), 3-6, 6-1, 6-1
6. Dan Barrus (SJU) def. Lucas Pereira, 6-1, 6-2
1. Boglić/Lawley def. Kessler/Barrus (SJU), 8-5
2. Thorp/Moreira def. Montague/Sierra (SJU), 9-7
3. Alex Veronis/Brondeau (SJU) def. Luke Elifson/H. Pereira, 8-2
On the women's side, the Jacks and Hawks played tiebreakers in three separate matches, but the Hawks won all three and flew away 6-1.
In doubles, St. Joseph's scored the team point in the same way as the SDSU men, with wins at the top two spots.
In singles, St. Joseph's won five of the six matches, four in straight sets, to secure the meet.
Jenny Blackburne was SDSU's bright spot, scoring a straight-set, 6-4, 6-3 win versus Kristina Eisenbrand at No. 3. Tacy Haws-Lay played Kelly Mulquin to a third-set super tiebreaker with a 6-4 second-set win, but was edged 10-6 in the decisive tiebreaker.
"The girls played tough, but we were a bit tired mentally," said Engdahl. "It was another long day in the sun and our mental edge was lacking. However, St. Joseph's is a solid program and grinded out the win. We needed to be at our best at every position and it was just not our day. The focus and energy were there, but we need a good rest tonight and to be refreshed for Florida A&M tomorrow morning."
The women drop to 7-7 with the loss. SDSU closes out the spring trip tomorrow morning versus Florida A&M at 11:30 a.m.
SJU 6 - SDSU 1
1. Casey Robinson (SJU) def. Florencia Magni, 6-1, 6-3
2. Aurora Davis (SJU) def. Ffion Davies, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3
3. Jenny Blackburne def. Kristina Eisenbrand (SJU), 6-4, 6-3
4. Devi Jadeja (SJU) def. Beatriz Souza, 6-3, 6-3
5. Kelly Mulquin (SJU) def. Tacy Haws-Lay, 6-4, 4-6, 10-6
6. Lauren Roy (SJU) def. Tiffany Filipovich, 7-6 (8-6), 6-3
1. Robinson/Davis (SJU) def. Davies/Blackburne, 8-3
2. Eisenbrand/Roy (SJU) def. Haws-Lay/Henry, 8-4
3. Souza/Magni def. Jadeja/Mulquin (SJU), 8-2