The South Dakota State men's tennis team completed competition at the Bradley Classic on Sunday...
Many Jackrabbit competitors suffered close losses on the first day of singles competition, but looked to turn around those fortunes on the second day.
Parker Lawley dropped both of his matches Sunday in straight sets. He finished the classic at 1-3 overall, fourth among Flight 1 competitors.
In Flight 2, Andrea Boglić won the final match of his day over the opponent from Bradley, 6-2, 6-0. Boglić dropped his first match in a third-set super tiebreaker and finished the classic at 1-3 overall.
James Thorp battled through tiebreakers in two of his four sets, but suffered two straight-set losses in Flight 3 to finish 0-4.
In Flight 4, Lucas Pereira also lost two matches in straight sets and finished 0-4.
Henrique Pereira, the only Jackrabbit to play three matches on Saturday, dropped his lone Flight 5 match in a third-set super tiebreaker 6-3, 2-6, 10-0. He finished the classic at 0-4.
Mateus Moreira won the final match of his classic in Flight 6 over the opponent from DePauw 6-2, 7-6 (4). Moreira finished fourth with a 1-3 record.
In Flight 7, Luis Duque opened the day with a win over the opponent from DePauw 7-5, 6-7 (4), 10-5. He finished the classic at 1-3 and in fourth.
Luke Elifson followed suit in Flight 8, winning his final match of the classic over the opponent from Bradley. Elifson finished 1-3 and fourth.
"I was happier with the way we bounced back after so many close matches yesterday," head coach Michael Engdahl said. "Even though we did not have a great weekend with wins and losses, we were able to take baby steps forward and figure out exactly what we have to work on with this young team. I am happy to learn that we have the talent to compete at the top, now we just have to learn how to utilize our talent."
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The Jacks return to action on Friday, Sept. 28, at the Omaha Collegiate Invite. Competition is scheduled all day in Omaha, Neb.
The South Dakota State men's tennis team continued competition at the Bradley Classic on Saturday...
Singles play opened at 9 a.m. with eight flights.
In Flight 1, Parker Lawley posted a 1-1 record on the day with a 6-3, 6-1 win over an opponent from Saint Louis. In his loss to the Bradley opponent, Lawley dropped the first set in a tiebreaker. Lawley plays two matches on Sunday.
Andrea Boglić dropped both of his matches in Flight 2 today in third-set super tiebreakers. Boglić lost 2-6, 6-3, 10-7 versus Saint Louis and 6-1, 4-6, 10-4 versus his IUPUI opponent. He also plays two matches tomorrow.
James Thorp posted similar results in Flight 3, coming up short in two matches. Thorp lost to his IUPUI opponent 7-5, 6-3 and his DePauw opponent 7-6 (5), 6-4. He plays two matches tomorrow, as well.
In Flight 4, Lucas Pereira suffered two straight-set losses to DePauw and Bradley. Pereira plays two matches on Sunday.
Henrique Pereira, the only Jackrabbit to play three of his five matches on Saturday, went 0-3 in Flight 5 despite a third-set super tiebreaker decision. Pereira lost to his IUPUI opponent 6-2, 2-6, 10-7. He plays only one match tomorrow.
Mateus Moreira battled hard in Flight 6, but finished 0-2 on the day. Both of his matches were decided in third-set super tiebreakers. Moreira dropped his match versus Bradley 0-6, 6-2, 10-8 and his match versus IUPUI 6-3, 6-7 (5), 10-8. Two matches remain for him on Sunday.
"The good news today is that we had a bunch of close matches, but the bad news is we had a bunch of close matches," head coach Michael Engdahl said. "Multiple times we set ourselves up to win and we could not close the match. Our youth got the best of us too much today. We found out that we have the talent to compete against the top schools, but we have a lot of work to do, as well. Losing so many tight matches is going to give us a character check tomorrow and I am excited to see how the guys respond."
Play continues tomorrow morning at 9 a.m.
The South Dakota State men's tennis team opened its fall season on Friday at the Bradley Classic...
Four flights of doubles started and concluded on Friday, to be followed by singles competition on Saturday and Sunday.
The top doubles team for SDSU was James Thorp and Andrea Boglić. The team posted a 2-2 record on the day with wins over teams from DePauw and Summit League foe IUPUI, both by 9-7 scores. The duo was a tiebreaker away from a 3-1 record, falling to the team from Saint Louis 9-8 (7-5).
Parker Lawley and Luke Elifson teamed up in Flight 2 for a 1-2 record. The pair opened the day with an 8-6 win over a team from IUPUI, but suffered two defeats to close the day, including a 9-8 (7-4) tiebreaker defeat at the hands of host Bradley.
"Overall we had a great day of doubles," head coach Michael Engdahl said. "We had a lot of nerves with the new players in some tight matches that could have gone either way. Now that the first match jitters are out of the way, some of the close matches will definitely start falling our way. Last year we had five total wins at this tournament and we had five wins in the first day this year, so we are moving in the right direction."