Overmatched Jacks struggle at cluster

John Green


To say the least, it was a rough weekend for the SDSU women’s tennis team. The Jackrabbits competed in the annual Summit League cluster in Fort Wayne, Ind., March 29-31. SDSU claimed just one victory over a five match stretch that began Thursday morning and concluded Saturday afternoon. After the weekend’s competition, the Jacks are now 6-10 on the season, while pushing their league record to 1-4.

The troubles began for SDSU when they opened the cluster with a 4-1 loss to the University of South Dakota. Despite a quick start that included wins in both the number one and two doubles to capture the doubles point, USD went on to outlast the Jacks, posting the first four victories of singles matches, ending the overall match.

The Jackrabbits bounced back later that evening with a dominating performance over Oakland University. SDSU thumped the Golden Grizzlies 4-0, picking up their first league victory of the season. Once again, the Jacks jumped out early, winning the number two and three doubles. From that point on, SDSU dropped the hammer, winning all completed matches by three points or better, highlighted by freshman Anna Botzet’s two shut out wins at 6-0 apiece.

Unfortunately for the Jackrabbits, things turned south heading into Friday’s match-up with University of Missouri-Kansas City. Unlike both of Thursday’s matches, SDSU came out and promptly dropped the doubles point, losing 8-1 and 8-0 in the number one and three doubles, respectively. The singles featured much of the same storyline, as the Kangaroos won the number four, five, and six matches, while the number two and three matches went unfinished.

Despite their best efforts, the Jacks could not bounce back on Saturday against Oral Roberts or IPFW, dropping both matches 4-0 to close out the cluster. SDSU did show improvement against ORU, keeping the doubles matches close. That shred of momentum could not carry the Jacks through the singles period though when ORU claimed victory in the top three singles matches, ending the meet by decision.

It was much of the same for the Jackrabbits in their final match-up of the meet against IPFW. The Mastodons took the doubles point early, posting wins in the number one and three doubles, before winning the number three, five, and six singles matches to end the meet and earn the victory.

The Jacks will be traveling to Kirksville, Mo. on April 4 to take on Truman State University. The Bulldogs are 3-6 on the season, and have been on a three match slide.