Women rebound with 7-0 sweep after 6-1 loss

By HALEY PRATT Assistant Sports Editor

SDSU women’s tennis rebounded in Waterloo, Iowa last weekend after a 6-1 loss to Northern Iowa University on Friday followed by a 7-0 sweep against Upper Iowa University on Saturday.

“We had a lot of opportunities we couldn’t capitalize on against UNI,” Coach Michael Engdahl said. “We have to get better at losing points. … That hurt us in the big moments and it is something we need to learn and improve on.”

The teams’ singles performances against Upper Iowa were the finest of the season to date.

Tiffany Filipovich executed a single’s sweep going 6-0, 6-1 as UNI defaulted the No. 6 position.

“[Iasmin] Rosa and [Jenny] Blackburne had a great weekend of tennis,” Engdahl said. “They stayed focused throughout their matches and didn’t give their opponents many free points.”

Rosa and Ffion Davies won 6-0, 6-0 and 6-2, 6-0, respectively, while teammates Blackburne won No. 1 Singles 6-1, 6-4 and Florencia Magni won No. 2 6-1, 6-1.

“We showed fight, focus and scrappiness we are looking for out of each player,” Engdahl said. “We will look to use that momentum during our time in Florida next week.”

In doubles, Blackburne/Davies won 8-4. Magni/Souza won 8-5 as UIU defaulted No. 3 singles.

According to coach Engdahl, the team needs to find mental toughness to compete in next week’s six matches in Orlando, Fla.

“With six matches in five days, it is the perfect time to find intensity we will need heading into Summit League matches,” Engdahl said.

The Jackrabbits venture to Florida for their next match on March 10 vs. Quinnipiac.