Tough tennis in Colorado



The SDSU women’s tennis team defeated Metro State, 7-2 while the men dropped a tight decision to the Division II foes from Colorado, 5-4.

SDSU scored the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 2. Jenny Blackburne and Brooke Henry teamed up at the top spot for an 8-4 win, while Bryna Nasenbeny and Megan McDougall rolled to an 8-2 win at No. 2.

In singles, Nasenbeny cruised at No. 1 with a 6-1, 6-1 win, which set the tone for the rest of the team. The Jacks took the top four matches, as well as No. 6. Blackburne, Henry and McDougall won at No. 2, 3 and 4, respectively. Anna Botzet earned a win at No. 6, as well.

The women improved to 5-6 with the win.

On the men’s side on doubles, Dominic Rossetto and Morgan Salo won 8-6 at No. 3, but SDSU was unable to capture either of the top two matches.

The two schools split the singles matches, which was not enough for the Jacks. Parker Lawley posted a convincing 6-1, 6-1 decision at No. 3. James Thorp won at No. 4, and Alejandro Marin won in a third-set tiebreaker at No. 5.

The men drop to 4-8 on the season.

SDSU drops two against Northern Colorado.

The South Dakota State men’s and women’s tennis teams dropped road meets at Northern Colorado, each by a score of 6-1.

The Bears jumped on top early, with a pair of sweeps in doubles.

On the women’s side, the Jacks dropped two hard fought matches at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles. Jenny Blackburne and Brooke Henry lost by a single break at No. 1, 8-5, while Bryna Nasenbeny and Megan McDougall were slowed in a tiebreaker at No. 2, 8-7.

In singles, Blackburne scored the lone team point for the Jacks in a third-set tiebreaker at No. 2, 4-6, 6-3, 13-11. Nasenbeny and McDougall each dropped a set by a 7-5 score at No. 1 and No. 4, respectively.

On the men’s side, the SDSU doubles teams were all bested by 8-3 scores.

In singles, James Thorp notched the team point at No. 4 singles with a 6-0, 6-4 win. Parker Lawley, who had been on a roll as of late, fell in a second-set tiebreaker, 6-2, 7-6 (7-2).