GRAND FORKS, N.D. - The University of North Dakota men's tennis team topped South Dakota State, 4-3, in a close dual on Saturday evening at Choice Health & Fitness.
Similar to the lady Fighting Hawks earlier Saturday afternoon, the men started out on the right foot by sweeping the Jackrabbits in doubles play. No. 1 and No. 3 doubles both won by a score of 6-3, while No. 2 went into a tie breaker that UND won 7-2, giving UND a 1-0 lead on the day.
In singles play, the Fighting Hawks and Jackrabbits split it down the middle. The Jackrabbits struck first when Marco Paulo Castro topped Annei Laska 6-4, 6-2 in No. 3 singles play to tie it up 1-1. In No. 4 singles, Davide Callegari was not going to let South Dakota take the lead so he finished off Elliot Ward 6-2, 6-4 quickly after to regain the lead at 2-1. Lukas Buth then took advantage of the lead and defeated Emerson Styles 3-6, 6-3, 6-1 in No. 1 singles to make it a two point lead.
South Dakota was not ready to give up the fourth team point and go home with a loss, so Carlos Martinez sparked up a win against Alex Mailes in No. 5 singles, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3, to make it a 3-2 team score. That spark was not enough for the Jackrabbits as Hunter Terrell stepped up in the third set of the No. 6 singles match to defeat Henrique Stemmer 6-3, 0-6, 6-2 to earn the fourth team point for UND and a Fighting Hawk win.
Although the dual had a winner, the Jackrabbits did not throw in the towel. Alexander Reinke defeated Daniel Martinez 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 in No. 2 singles to cap the score off at UND 4, SDSU 3.
This win for the Fighting Hawks will hopefully prove to be a big confidence booster after not getting a win since the season opener back in the first days of February. They will continue play on Friday, April 6 away at Portland State at 2:00pm in Portland, Ore.
North Dakota 4, South Dakota State 3
- Buth, Lukas (UND) def. Emerson Styles (SDSUM) 3-6, 6-3, 6-1
- Alexander Reinke (SDSUM) def. Martinez, Daniel (UND) 6-2, 2-6, 6-4
- Marco Paulo Castro (SDSUM) def. Laska, Annei (UND) 6-4, 6-2
- Callegari, Davide (UND) def. Elliot Ward (SDSUM) 6-2, 6-4
- Carlos Martinez (SDSUM) def. Mailes, Alex (UND) 7-6 (7-5), 6-3
- Terrell, Hunter (UND) def. Henrique Stemmer (SDSUM) 6-3, 0-6, 6-2