Jackrabbits tennis splits up early season Omaha trip



The South Dakota State men’s and women’s tennis teams each earned victories on Friday night over the University of NebraskaOmaha.

The men had easy sledding, defeating the Mavericks 6-1, while the women pulled out a tight decision, beating UNO 4-3.

SDSU swept the doubles competition for the lone doubles point. James Thorp and Parker Lawley won 8-5 at No. 1. Dominic Rosetto and Justin Pyle won at No 2, while Christian Maki and Morgan Salo won at No. 3. Both of those were 8-6 scores.

The Jacks also rolled in the singles competition, taking the top five matches.

Pyle and Thorp posted the most convincing victories. Pyle won 6-3, 6-1 at No. 1, while Thorp won 6-0, 6-3 at No. 4.

Lawley continued his stellar play by pulling out a third-set super tiebreaker 10-7.

“All of our men played great today,” head coach Michael Engdahl said. “I thought everyone showed great composure and took the match one point at a time. It can be tough to travel and play in the same day, but everyone was able to focus and find their legs right away. It was a great match for us.”

On the women’s side, SDSU swept the doubles competition, as well, but split the singles decisions.

Brooke Henry and Jenny Blackburne posted an 8-5 decision at No. 1 doubles, while Bethany Goeden and Anna Botzet teamed up at No. 3 for an 8-4 win. Megan McDougall and Bryna Nasenbeny pulled out a close match 9-8 to sweep the team point.

In singles, Blackburne rolled to a win at No. 2 singles, 6-0, 6-3, as did McDougall at No. 4, 6-2, 6-0.

The match came down to No. 6 singles where Botzet fought off a match point to win the deciding match in a third-set tiebreaker, 7-6 (7-5).

“We could not be more proud of the way Anna played today,” said Engdahl. “It happened to be her first college dual match and she was immediately put into a high-pressure situation. To fight off a match point in the midst of a 3-3 team score shows a lot of character and she was able to rise to the occasion. All of the girls had tremendous fights today and played hard until the last point. You cannot ask for much more than that.”

Creighton sweeps SDSU

The South Dakota State men’s and women’s tennis teams faltered at Creighton to close out the weekend. The women dropped the meet 6-1 to the Bluejays, while the men’s team was shutout, 7-0.

On the women’s side (1-2), Megan McDougall was the bright spot, earning a 6-4, 6-4 win at No. 4 singles.

Brooke Henry and Jenny Blackburne were close at No. 1 doubles, but dropped an 8-6 decision.

Blackburne also played a tough singles match, but fell 7-5 in the second set.

On the men’s side (2-2), Parker Lawley and James Thorp fought hard at No. 1 doubles, but were bested in a tiebreaker.

In singles, Thorp went to three sets at No. 4 singles, but could not pull out the victory. Lawley dropped a tough 7-6, 6-4 decision at No. 3, as well.