HOME COOKIN’: SDSU convincingly defeats UND


Home sweet home, indeed.

SDSU’s tennis squads completed a clean, 7-0 sweep of North Dakota and the Jackrabbit women defeated UND 6-1 Sept. 29 to win their only home matches of the year at Hillcrest Tennis Courts.

Andrea Boglic delivered at No. 1 singles for the Jackrabbits, winning with ease at 6-2, 6-2 while No. 2 Parker Lawley took down Grant Bakke 6-4, 6-0 in a battle of former North Dakota high school champions.

Lawley, a sophomore, said it was a good chance to enjoy the home cooking for once and not have to worry about hopping on a bus for a long ride.

“It was just fun because of the home atmosphere,” Lawley said. “We don’t get very many opportunities here in Brookings, and we just wanted to make the most of it.”

Australian James Thorp won a pair of close sets at No. 3 singles, edging Conner Oberle 7-6 (7-5), 6-4.  As a senior, it was Thorp’s first — and final — home tennis match of his career.

“It was great to have both the men’s and women’s teams out here playing together,” Thorp said in a release. “We do not get to travel that much together, so it was good to support each other.”

SDSU also swept all three doubles competitions with Lawley and Luke Elifson winning No. 1 doubles, 8-3. Thorp and Boglic won No. 2 doubles, 8-2 and Henrique Pereira and Mateus Moreira winning No. 3 doubles, 8-2.

“On the men’s side, our doubles teams click,” SDSU head coach Michael Engdahl said in a release. “Our No. 1 and 2 doubles teams click, and our No. 3 doubles, who just started playing together one week ago, clicked right away.”

On the women’s side, SDSU was in the driver’s seat before matches even got underway. UND forfeited matches at No. 5 and No. 6 singles and No. 3 doubles because they didn’t have enough players to fill the roster.

Ffion Davies led the Jackrabbits with a straight set, 6-1, 6-1 win at No. 2 singles over Sarah Stejskal. SDSU’s Jenny Blackburne and Tacy Haws-Lay won at No. 3 and No. 4 singles.

UND earned its lone point when Stephanie Petsis defeated Florencia Magni, 6-1 and 6-4.

Arguably the best match of the day came in a SDSU losing effort when the UND’s No. 1 doubles team of Stejskal and Stephanie Petsis defeated Blackburne and Beatriz Souza in a 8-6 tiebreak, clinching the match, 9-8. The 9-7 win by Davies and Magni was enough to earn SDSU the lone doubles point.

“The girls had a lot of nerves — a lot of first matches for people today,” Engdahl said. “We have eight or nine players who are not familiar with the format and did not know what to expect. We did our best to simulate a meet in practice, but it is nothing like the collegiate tennis experience.”